Portraits 2020 with Juror Paula Tognarelli

May 13 - June 13, 2020

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Index
Untitled
Rachel Liu
Director's Selection
Artist's Website
Index
Harold Risener
D. Clarke Evans
TRIFECTA AWARD - Solo Exhibition at The Grffin Museum of Photography
Artist's Website
Index
Unidentified Young Union soldier
Robert Shultz
Juror's Award, Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Ice Train From Dresden
Geoffrey Agrons
Artist's Website
Index
Marwari Horse from India
Mary Aiu
Artist's Website
Index
Bill in his Father's Baseball Jersey
Carlos Alejandro
Artist's Website
Index
This Is the West II
Maura Allen
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Family Portraits:The Splinter
Jacqueline Asplundh
Online Exhibition
Index
And All the Color Drained from My Face
Jay Boersma
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Clayton
Felice Boucher
Index
EXCHANGING MY HAIR WITH THE CAT
Capucine Bourcart
Artist's Website
Index
One Thousand Yards Away
Cody Bratt
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Brooklyn
JoAnn Chaus
Artist's Website
Index
Frank in His Wooly Chaps
Ron Cooper
Artist's Website
Index
Holy
Felice Douglas
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Ben
Sharon Draghi
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Butcher
Kenneth Dreyfack
Index
Yorgos
Yorgos Efthymiadis
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Two Rabbits
Cristina Fontsare
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Allison & Bug
Susan Friedman
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Waiting
Isidora Gajic
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
My Dead Sister
Amalia Eva Gamio
Artist's Website
Index
Ancestor Series: Untitled 1
Susan Goldstein
Artist's Website
Index
Do You Care?
Joan Haseltine
Index
Between
Sandy Hill
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Chai tea and me
Rohina Hoffman
Artist's Website
Index
Mark and Deb
Stephan Jahanshahi
Artist's Website
Index
Witness
Danielle Khoury
Artist's Website
Index
Home is Where....
Sandra Klein
Artist's Website
Index
Martha and Arlene
Honey Lazar
Online Exhibition
Index
Crisis of Experience: May 11, 1980
JK Lavin
Artist's Website
Index
Memorabilia3 Jaqueline
Sunjoo Lee
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Self Portrait on Expired Film #1
E.E. McCollum
Index
Part of You - 1
Olga Merrill
Artist's Website
Index
Radius: Meg
Julie Mihaly
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
The Prince
Kate Miller-Wilson
Artist's Website
Index
Cap and Googles
Kris Moore
Artist's Website
Index
Merging
Karen Osdieck
Artist's Website
Index
Why Couldn't You Just Be A Lesbian.
Donna Pinckley
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Cardinal Loss
Jari Poulin
Artist's Website
Index
Reinfeld_About Face_1
David Reinfield
Artist's Website
Index
Lori
Susan Rosenberg Jones
Online Exhibition
Artist's Website
Index
Contemplation, 2004
Karin Rosenthal
Juror's Honorable Mention
Index
Ebb Tide - Cerulean
Sarah Schorr
Index
Portrait with Orange
JP Terlizzi
Artist's Website
Index
Elissa
Raymond Thompson
Online Exhibition
Index
Rosetta Peters
Benjamin Timpson
Artist's Website
Index
Small Girl Portrait
Thomas Waters
Artist's Website
Index
Angela
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Artist's Website
Index
Voyager
Beamie Young
Artist's Website

Portraits 2020

 

JUROR | Paula Tognarelli

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

 

JUROR’S AWARD | Robert Shultz
DIRECTOR’S AWARD | Rachel Liu
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP | $250 to be determined
HONORABLE MENTIONS | Jay Boersma, Karin Rosenthal, Cody Bratt, Sunjoo Lee, and Robert Shultz

 

Paula Tognarelli Juror’s  Statement

In jurying this author-blind exhibition for the Center for Fine Art Photography, I gave myself the leeway to discard all prescribed notions on portraiture. Instead, I wanted to think only about what each photograph revealed to me on the essence of a subject, overtly or implied. I hoped the results would yield rich dialogue and a diversity of styles. Any formula such as “only head and shoulder shots are portraits,” I dismissed. Heads weren’t even a major consideration as evidenced by Susan Friedman, Rohina Hoffman and Sarah Schorr’s portraits in which the heads are cropped outside the frame. Some subjects locked my gaze, others remained askance. Full bodied, side views, silhouettes, reflections, back of head views and abstractions, all made it through my muster. There is one classic portrait of a Marwari horse from India by Mary Aiu. One chicken was set free in the last culling round.

 

A number of masked portraits were submitted. Anonymity in a portrait exhibition seemed a challenge when my goal was finding transparency. I finally chose a steampunk portrait by Beamie Young because of my childhood fancy for Jules Vern. I chose Sunjoo Lee’s Memorabilia3 Jaqueline of a woman covered in wrapping paper due to what I know of the works’ intent. Lee’s thesis is that the women of her culture keep true feelings hidden or “under wraps.” My Dead Sister by Amalia Eva Gamio, though a masked figure, spoke more to me about connecting to her sister than hiding her identity.

 

I was asked to choose a Trifecta Award (for a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum), a Juror’s Award and several Honorable Mentions. I awarded Robert Schultz the Juror’s prize for his chlorophyll print of an unidentified union soldier. The original image was taken from the US Library of Congress’ archives. What engaged me was found in the soldier’s eyes along with the veins of a leaf on which the image was printed. I saw these veins as blood vessels pulsing against the young man’s face. At his mouth, my imagination shaped an entry wound that a bullet might make striking its target.

 

The works I chose to exhibit at the Griffin Museum are the portraits by D. Clarke Evans of World War II Veterans. In a letter once from a gentleman of the Griffin’s public, I was accused that I would never do an exhibition on war or guns. My response was to send him installation shots of our Bullet Points exhibition shown in winter 2016 and example photographs from an upcoming exhibition on the topic of “war.” I can’t wait to invite my personal critic to D. Clarke Evans’ opening reception as my guest.

 

Karin Rosenthal received an honorable mention for Contemplation, 2004, along with Jay Boersma for And All the Color Drained from My Face and Cody Bratt for One Thousand Yards Away. When I saw Rosenthal’s photograph my first thought was that this portrait seemed fashioned from the earth and that of course led me to thinking of “dust to dust” analogies. I have always appreciated Jay Boersma’s humor and ingenuity. While I wasn’t sure this image was his, I did suspect. His action sequence depicted a changing state as would a film strip or flip book. The subject in Cody Bratt’s portrait conveys duality, more than likely caused by two torn photographs taken at different moments in time and placed side by side to complete the other. It is the portrait’s psychological gesture that drew me.

 

The times are complicated. The very air is filled with anxiety as we isolate ourselves for safe keeping. Yet this exercise of jurying portraits, this looking deeply into “the eyes” of another, buoyed my spirit. It also connected me back to our photography collective and its generosity and resilient nature. With optimistic thoughts, my hope is that this conversation provides a vehicle for rejuvenating inner stores.

 

My deepest gratitude goes to the Center for Fine Art Photography and to Hamidah Glasgow, its executive director and curator for this opportunity. I also appreciate that Hamidah indulged me by making an online vehicle for 15 more images. It was such a heartbreak to let any of them go.

In addition, thank you to every photographer who submitted to this call. Each image you presented, I explored. I will remember your photographs.

 

Paula Tognarelli

Executive Director and Curator

Griffin Museum of Photography

April 12, 2020