Portfolio ShowCase 12 Exhibition and Publication

April 3 - 27, 2019

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU
Shinya Masuda
ShowCase Award
Artist's Website
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Signatures of Heat
Linda Alterwitz
Artist's Website
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Convergence
Phillip Augustin
Artist's Website
Index
Boy Play
Christa Blackwood
Artist's Website
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Doug's Gym
Norm Diamond
Artist's Website
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Everywhere And All At Once
Kevin Hoth
Artist's Website
Index
Baby Boomer Women
Joan Lobis Brown
Artist's Website
Index
Finding Our Place
Kris Sanford
Artist's Website
Index
I Want To See The Land How It Used To Be
Leah Schretenthaler
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Descendants
JP Terlizzi
Artist's Website

Exhibiting Artists

ShowCase Solo Exhibition Award: Shinya Masuda

 

Linda Alterwitz, Philip V. Augustin, Christa Blackwood, Norm Diamond, Kevin Hoth, Joan Lobis Brown, Shinya Masuda, Kris Sanford, Leah Schretenthaler, JP Terlizzi

 

View the Portfolio ShowCase Volume 12 Online Gallery

Exhibition Location

3 Square Art  2415 Donella Ct, Ste 110, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Gallery Hours:
  • Tuesday – Thursday:  1:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 1:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed

Juror Statement

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

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Exhibition Dates | April 3- April 27, 2019

Public + Artists’ Reception | April 6, 2019