“It is no longer a matter of expressing reality but of expressing what one feels about reality.” – Aaron Siskind
The aim of abstract art is not to replicate representation of the physical world, but instead, through the manipulation of shape, color, and form, to point towards aspects within the physical realm that alter the viewer’s understanding. To photograph is to transform and it is truly a skill to have the ability to synthesize such a small fraction of reality and create something that represents so little but demonstrates so much. Through this, abstraction allows us to see reality in a different way and decipher and depict the world around us. From a total of around 1700 image submissions, the following 35 pieces were individually selected based upon their photographic merit and their carefully constructed abstract compositions. The works that emerged in this exhibition are able to go beyond external reality and utilize abstraction to weave representational elements into their own unique higher form.
This exhibition was curated with the idea of abstraction as a signifier of order, purity, simplicity, and spirituality in mind and aims to show the depth of practices and methodologies within the mode of abstract photography. Many sides of photographic technique and methods of abstraction are represented; from analog to digital, in-camera to alternative processes, and straight to conceptual. In the works, the subjects are simplified and schematized and range from pieces with some abstract elements to those that are completely abstracted. Some photographs seamlessly balance traces of realism with direct representation that balance the pieces and strengthen their abstract elements. These complex abstract works, though different in each artist’s individual approach all have emerging surreal elements. Each photograph that was selected transcends reality through the use of simplification, geometry, enlargement, pattern, and overall content. Based upon this criteria, only one piece by each artist is included within the exhibition to fully display the multiplicity of viewpoints and the broad range of abstract photographic methodologies.
JUROR | ELIZABETH HOUSTON
Elizabeth Houston, is Owner and Director of Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC. The gallery’s initiation to the contemporary scene imbues fresh voices from artists who work in the present and explore a cornucopia of facets. The Gallery is committed to bringing their artists work to exhibitions both home and abroad and has met success with collectors and critics alike and been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The New York Times among others.
VENUE: The Carnegie Center for Creativity 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524 Fort Collins, CO
ARTIST HONORS AND AWARDS: All selected artists’ work is included in the gallery exhibition and online exhibition complete with artist website links. The Center also provides professional installation images, event press release and social media promotions with an audience of 180,000+ followers internationally. All artists and friends are welcome to celebrate the exhibition with us at the Reception.
ALL AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN OUT ON THE NIGHT OF THE RECEPTION, DECEMBER 7TH.
+ JUROR’S AWARD: Natalie Weber
+ DIRECTOR’S AWARD: Elaine Jeffrey
+ HONORABLE MENTIONS: Deborah Bay, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Ronaldo Aguilar, Andy Mattern, and Bronwen Hazlett
NEW* TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: To further our goal of inclusivity one artist will receive a need-based scholarship for air travel to Fort Collins, accommodations, and ground transportation. Applications taken after selections announced.
ARTIST IMMERSION SATURDAY: Join us for a one-on-one portfolio reviews with the Executive Director and a private portfolio share for artists to show and discuss their work, receive feedback and professional development advice. Exhibiting artists are welcome to join for all or part of the Saturday events. Free for members, $40 for non-members.
Venue: Exhibition will be held at The Carnegie Center for Creativity. Click here for more information.
Exhibition Dates | November 15- December 15, 2018
Public + Artists’ Reception | December 7, 2018
ELIGIBILITY: Our calls for entry are open to all photographers, world-wide. The Center invites photographers working in all photographic mediums, digital, film, mixed and unique processes to participate.
EXHIBIT PRINTS: In order to be included, the artist must provide a professionally printed and presented image for gallery exhibition. The Center recognizes non-traditional works. To encourage participation by photographers internationally, we offer optional, production services. Additional details provided upon request.
Questions? http://www.c4fap.org | 970.224.1010 | Email email@example.com | Exhibition held at The Carnegie Center for Creativity 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
COPYRIGHT AND USE: All submitting artists retain copyright to their images. Artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Center for Fine Art Photography the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, Center programs, exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. Images may be placed on social media by The Center for Fine Art Photography with artist credit.