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LIFE SUPPORT JAPAN

Posted by The Center on April 3, 2011

Jun Masuda as Oyanagi © Hiroshi Watanabe

In the brief days since the devastation of Japan’s March 11 quake was compounded full fold by the subsequent tsunami, online arts communities have demonstrated that the impact of our digital spaces extends well beyond nifty did you knows and conversations free from real world relevance. Many rightly criticize the internet for its vacuous t.v. dinner soul but as a significant portion of an almost mythic country has been leveled by natural disaster, it becomes clear that the value of these communities – blogs, Facebook groups, Twitter followers – is in shared compassion.

Vineyard Blush © Tom Chambers

Moved to weeping by a lifelong affinity for a country she always meant to visit, wall space gallery‘s Crista Dix with photographer/blogger Aline Smithson are leading the charge with the creation of Life Support Japan – an amazing (and growing) effort that harnesses the talents of photographers world wide. Currently featuring the work of over 300 artists, wall space is offering limited edition prints (10 of each only) for $50, with proceeds split between Direct Relief International and Habitat for Humanity Japan. New collections are being added every few days.

Life Support Japan has spilled into its own web-space http://lifesupportjapan.blogspot.com and Facebook Group. Both are great ways to participate in and follow the progress of these efforts (over $50,000 raised and counting) We encourage you to join the cause (buy a print or two) and make a difference for the survivors of these tragic events.

MoP @ THE CENTER

Posted by The Center on February 11, 2011

Nearing the halfway mark for February, meh to Valentine’s Day (why not cook a turkey instead) but we are definitely gearing up for all that March looks to bring roaring in.

In case you missed the memo, March is the Month of Photography (MoP) in Denver. For our intents, purposes and brief time spent on the I25, we’ll bump the city proper out here to Fort Collins. MoP (in case you really did miss the memo) is a celebration of fine art photography centralized in Denver and extending throughout the region. Featuring over 80 collaborative events with museums, galleries and schools, MoP looks to be well worth every minute of your photography loving time.

The Center will get in on the good times with not one, not two but an unprecedented four exhibitions that dip into and throughout the month of March. Here’s a glimpse at the roster:


Nest © Dorothy O’Connor, Director’s Selection, Portraits

Portraits
February 4 – March 19 Reception March 4, 6 – 9PM
Artists’ talk March 5, 1 – 2PM

An exhibition of photographs that explore the visual representation of a person, animal, place or thing. The featured works expand the traditional notion of “eyes front, smile” portraits, extending the concept to explore sense of place and personal experience. The 47 contributing artists represent an impressive constituency of local, national and international talent.

Don © Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi (In)Direct

(In)Direct
February 2 – March 5 Reception March 4, 6 – 9PM
Artist talk with S. Gayle Stevens March 5, 2 – 3:30PM

Featuring wet plate collodion and glass plate photographs by S. Gayle Stevens, Christopher Ray Perez, Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi. From the intimacy of eye contact to an abstracted ambiguity of self, the selected images utilize the historic wet plate process – defying time and contemplating mortality.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant.


Chicharrones © Jonathan Blaustein The Value of a Dollar

Jonathan Blaustein: The Value of a Dollar
March 11 – April 30 Reception April 1, 6 – 9PM
Artist talk April 2, 2 – 3:30 pm

Photographer Jonathan Blaustein offers a novel representation of food in a drive-through culture ruled by big budget advertising and low concern for truth – food as it really is. Blaustein’s series The Value of a Dollar removes the glossy packaging and examines edible commodity available for one dollar – ten organic blueberries, seven packages of ramen noodles, forty-eight tea biscuits and a double cheeseburger just to list a few. To illustrate the impact of globalization, the subjects chosen for this project were explicitly sourced in Northern New Mexico, where Blaustein currently resides.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant.


Black Angeles 42 © Dick Sanders, Juror’s Selection Human+Being

Human+Being
March 25 – April 23 Reception April 1, 6 – 9PM

The diverse array of images featured in the Human+Being exhibition were culled from a pool of over 1,400. What emerges from these fifty photographs (and the thirty additional images selected for online presentation) is a glimpse at the intricate mapwork of what it means to be human.

Photographer Phil Borges was assigned the difficult task of jurying this exhibition. For over twenty five years Borges has lived with and documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. Through his work, he strives to create a heightened understanding of the issues faced by people in the developing world. Borges teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.