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Portfolio ShowCase 12 Juror’s Statement by Samantha Johnston

Posted by staff on March 19, 2019

Portfolio ShowCase 12 Exhibition Opens on Wednesday April 3, 2019

Public and Artist Reception is on April 6, 2019


I see photography as a tool to help us deepen our understanding and to ask questions. Portfolio Showcase XII explores the constantly changing world we live in, and while each project I selected resonated with me differently, I was able to gain insight through their lens. At first glance, the selections are an eclectic mix of portfolios, but for me, it was the subject matter they explored. From life to death, beauty to decay, these artists all lead us to understand the ways in which we process the world around us. These portfolios bring us to that understanding using different approaches to their image making.


Leah Schretenthaler’s work draws our attention to the island of Hawaii and infrastructures that have impeded the natural landscape. Instead of the colorful photos, we often see of Hawaii; these black and white images are laser cut to remove the offending structures and create a scar on the image. In these images, Schretenthaler is asking the viewer to question the social and political concerns of our environment.


Philip V. Augustin’s abstract black and white images, are process-driven and created without a narrative intent. Instead, he prefers the viewer to bring their filter of experience to the images. Kevin Hoth shows expanse within the landscape and provides a glimpse from all sides, meditative spaces without evidence of humans. This work allows me to contemplate time away from the busy world of information overload while almost abstracting the landscape. Both of these artists create abstraction through the processes they use to photograph.


Linda Alterwitz’s thermal portraits look like x-rays upon first glance. However, her series Superpowers, portrays the different strengths these children have allowed for their true spirit to come through. While Christa Blackwood’s colorful portraits of young men focus on the duality of public and private gender codes through the use of pink and blue. The layered images allow the viewer to question our own understandings of sexuality. Kris Sanford’s diptych portraits revisit a group of gay and lesbian individuals she made portraits of in 2000 and then again 16 years later. Sanford’s portraits are a beautiful record of how people can become more secure and comfortable in their own skin as they age. Joan Lobis Brown’s portraits of women from the baby boomer generation bear witness to these women’s experiences and all they have accomplished.


As cities change, grow and gentrify, one of the side effects is closing businesses. Norm Diamond’s series Doug’s Gym illustrates this effect by documenting a decaying gym that continued to be supported by its participants even as it prepared to shutter and close.


JP Terlizzi’s portraits combine old and new as a way of preserving the past and creating ties to his own family lineage. Shinya Masuda’s colorful series Hanafuda Shouzoku also deals with memory. As a way of recording, he uses a traditional flower card game played with his grandmother to demonstrate impermanence and the passage of time.


As a reflection of how our lives move through the cycles of time, these artists train their eye on how we collectively experience beauty and decay.


Samantha Johnston
Executive Director & Curator
Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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Posted by staff on July 2, 2018


ev·o·lu·tion: noun
The gradual development of something; advancement; growth; rise; progress; expansion.
The Center is evolving, changing, expanding: and we want you to understand what’s happening so you don’t miss out on all the exciting exhibitions we have planned. Let’s talk about our new model, and what it means to you.
Think of us like your favorite band. You don’t expect it to play in the same venue every single time, and you follow them to get your music fix. It’s the same with The Center. We’re showing in a variety of venues that offer different and vibrant experiences with each exhibition.
It’s exciting, it’s daring, and we think it’s way past time to shake things up.
While we still have an administrative office in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, we are programming exhibitions and educational programs throughout Fort Collins and beyond. We are now a dynamic hybrid model (brick and mortar galleries/photo festival/online organization), that continues to embrace all the elements you love about the Center that build community and collaboration.
We still strongly believe in brick and mortar (or wood and plaster) exhibitions. But our evolution now has us expanding into unexpected and experimental programming. The next year will feature photo-based artists working in non-traditional modalities that are exhibited in unusual venues.
Look for exhibitions that will be projected on the sides of buildings, at photo festivals, and other innovative locations. This new model gives us the freedom to explore creative and more effective ways to promote artists and bring about awareness of important issues to the wider public—an audience we simply couldn’t reach from a single, static location.
The Center is strong and expanding our reach and effectiveness. Join us on this journey of evolution as we embrace new opportunities in this changing online/digital world.
Hamidah Glasgow
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