Leading DC art photographers and educators, including Gary Anthes, Iwan Bagus, Andy Bloxham, Soomin Ham, Amy Hendrick, Leena Jayaswal, Steven Marks, Rania Razak, Shaun Schroth, and Alexandra Silverthorne will explore the nexus between art theory and photographic practice. The work will show how varied conceptual models of, and approaches to, photography - and the other visual, performance, and literary arts - have shaped their picture making. The show is curated by Steven Marks, Studio Gallery, and Iwan Bagus, professor of photography at the University of the District of Columbia.
Dates: Oct 26-Nov 19, Artists’ Reception and Talk: Nov 12, 4-6:30 pm
Times: Wed-Fri - 1-6 pm; Sat - 11-6 pm
Location: Studio Gallery, 2108 R St NW, Washington DC 20008
The Pessimistic Optimist:
Often it feels as though I’m not moving forward. That every day is a repeat of the last. That I’m sitting in the same spot, doing the same things. Then, out of nowhere everything that has been learned and put into practice takes shape. Culminating into the joys and wonders of the creative process and introspection.
This image embodies that experience. From its excessive length to the solitary image of myself. Each component, technique, and decision was this past year, but made no sense as individual elements until they were seen as a whole.
Play, repetition, and deliberate practice. In the teaching world, the first two are essential for engagement and base knowledge, but not specifically for learning. Deliberate practice puts both play and repetition into thoughtful action and the development of more complex knowledge, ideas, and ultimately execution.
In this case, all of my playing and repeat experiences with anamorphic lenses, colored gels, triggered flashes, cinematic techniques, and challenging shooting environments over the past year have been put into practice, deliberately.