Yesterday afternoon and into the early evening The Photographer’s Eye gallery hosted the opening reception for my solo exhibition of my Memory Pods series in conjunction with the solo exhibition of Louise Russell’s botanical studies, Ways of Knowing. As as evident in the lead-in photograph above, we were all wearing masks and social distancing, which made for a bit of an unusual exhibition reception. Something else to remember this pandemic by.
We are in process of collecting additional photographs of the event, mostly by Donna Cosentino, the Executive Director of the gallery. She, Brandy Sebastian, Gallery Manager and the the volunteer team were excellent hosts. So for now, this will provide an exhibition display of my artwork in the gallery, which I must say Cosentino provided a wonderful and thoughtful layout and sequencing of my exhibit. I think she made me look pretty good ;- D
Due to the pandemic, the reception was very limited but we had a ton of folks attend, including my close friends Kevin and Anita Bracken, fellow LACP member Ellen Friedlander, who will have her solo exhibition at TPE next month, Jodie Hulden, who will be co-exhibiting with Friedlander, fellow PX member Beatta Bosworth with her husband, fellow OC artist Catherine Singer, my PhotoBook Journal team members Wayne Swanson, and Alaina Dall, and a bunch of the San Diego crowd, including Robert Treat, Mary Beth Klauer and many more. I was very honored by their presence and support of my artist endeavors.
Next-up this coming week is an Artist talk, virtual on Zoom, February 25th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PST), sign-up here. Russell, Cosentino and I will be discussing our artwork and exhibition. I understand that there is still some space available for this Zoom talk. For those who wish to visit the exhibition, which is showing through March 20th, you can contact Donna Cosentino for a special exhibition walk-through outside of the normal gallery hours. Cool! Give a shout-out, and if available, I will join you.
Regarding the documentation of this exhibition space, it was tricky lighting conditions for a quick cell phone capture. Especially in Gallery Two with the extreme contrast of the really dark photograph of Angst adjacent to the really light photograph of Ghost. Regretfully I did not provide myself enough time to record this properly, so these images might get updated at a later time. This on-line exhibition documentation also underlines the issue of trying to capture the essence of these archival prints on the Hahnemuhle Rag Metallic paper. I received so many comments as the luminance and physicality of this artwork, a really nice validation of my creative intent exploring this metaphoric subject about memory and loss.
March 13-14, 20-21, 2021; Developing Your Creative Photo Book, a workshop that I am leading again in collaboration with Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). Workshop dates are March 13 – 14th, and March 20-21st from 9am – noon PST. Four days, two consecutive weekends, a virtual workshop on Zoom, with time between sessions to develop your book dummy. Sign-up here.
The Photograher’s Eye, galleries One and Two:
All artwork and these photographs are 2021 copyright of Douglas Stockdale