The evocative and thought-provoking works of nine D.C.-based photographers will be on display at Studio Gallery in conjunction with FotoWeek DC 2017. The exhibit features pictures that exemplify each photographer’s approach to the theme of Abstraction/Representation. Artist statements from Iwan Bagus, Andy Bloxham, Soomin Ham, Leena Jayaswal, Jo Levine, Steven Marks, Rania Razek, Shaun Schroth, and Alexandra Silverthorne will explore the ideas, challenges, and visions that inspired them.
Review by Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post:
UDC FACULTY EXHIBITION
Art show featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, and designs by professors teaching in the UDC Art Program.
Seven award-winning DC photographers explore the concept of identity in a provocative exhibit at Greencourt Innovation Center.
This exhibition brings together the work of artists from different backgrounds and showcases different visions, inviting you to explore the concept of identity through art. The artists, including Iwan Bagus, Chan Chao, Leena Jayaswal, Rania Razek, Steven Marks, Shaun Schroth, Andy Bloxham, will feature their individual photographic image(s), and express their own thinking of their identity.
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.
Curated by Iwan Bagus and Steven Marks of Studio Gallery in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exhibiton is running as a part of DCfotoweek 2015, DC annual week of all things photography. Photographers@Work looks not only at the work produced and shown by the photographers, but incorporates how a project is conceptualized and executed. Viewers are given a glimpse into that process by the addition of each photographer's contact sheet, or series of images taken in the larger scope of their work presented.
Review from the Washington Post's Mark Jenkins:
In a neat complement to “Diamond Blind,” Studio Gallery is showing Leena Jayaswal’s photographic array of hundreds of sari fabrics, arranged into a grid and back lighted. The study is a tribute to an ancestral culture of a woman who notes that she grew up in jeans and T-shirts and has rarely worn traditional Indian garb. Jayaswal is one of nine contributors to “Photographers @ Work,” curated by Iwan Bagus and Steven Marks, which combines formal experimentation with autobiographical musing.
Rania Razek memorializes her travels by shooting through fogged airplane windows, yielding near-abstract ovals of color and form. Page Carr reduced the Virginia building where she teaches to a montage of its many beseeching signs. In Shaun Schroth’s triptych, he evaporates from a purple-tinted night scene, vanishing in tribute to a beloved kind of film that’s almost disappeared. Posing on a beach, Bagus uses five chairs or five umbrellas to symbolize the sisters who live far away in Indonesia. As he runs across the sand in one epic tableaux, the photographer seems almost ready to leap across the Pacific.
PHOTO/graphics @ Bistro Bohem
On display through the month of May at Bistro Bohem in Washington, DC. This exhibit featured a mix of different series. Each series of images had something related to graphics, graphic design, or a play on the word graphic. One set of images featured various prints of vintage cameras done in extreme contrast, leaving only a pure black image (graphic) and within the same series the prints would have an enlarged halftone of the image superimposed filling in the white areas. The halftone screens and orthochromatic film used to create the images are the same materials used to create color separations for CMYK printing. Within the set there is a toned series of four images featuring an old Kodak Duraflex camera that together relate back to the colors of CMYK. Another set of images on display were prints of various landscapes and cityscapes that were hand colored using alcohol base markers. When I was studying graphic design everyone referred to them as 'design' markers, which was the brand, but have since become synonymous with names like Prismacolor or Copix. The photograms on display contain images that stand alone on there 'graphic' quality similar to the camera prints. The last series on view contained a series of nudes, which some might refer to as 'graphic images', and is more of a play on the word graphic than relating to any graphic design process. This series was develop by hand with developer and various brushes to only bring out a very specific portion of each image and to create a matte of brush strokes to isolate them. All of the prints are one-of-a-kind silver gelatin prints from the darkroom. Some hand colored, others hand developed, and some toned images, all of which could be reproduced, but each one possess intricacies that only appear in hand made pieces.
UDC Faculty Exhibition
As a UDC faculty member, I've been invited to participate in the annual faculty art show. The show consists of an assortment of mediums by UDC's über talented art faculty, including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, illustration, and more. Can this much talent fit in the same space without it bursting at the seams?
BHM Harlem Renaissance
The UDC Photography Club held a joint exhibition with American University at Studio Gallery in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood. The exhibition included works from alumni and current photography students. The work on display were created to celebrate Black History Month and the writers, poets, musicians, and voices of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition was designed and curated by Iwan Bagus, the head of photography at UDC, and Leena Jayaswal, the head of photography at American University. Opening night was packed with well over 200 patrons making their way to the exhibition.
What do you do when you have an empty property on the market? Throw a huge ART PARTY, of course! apARTment was exactly that; a wildly successful show featuring the work of myself and Chris Prosser, the ultimate playlist, one of a kind prints for sale, hand-printed t-shirts and bags, and the kicker? A real instant film photo-booth! Complete with a four lens passport camera and props galore. Many faces were made and many eyes were amazed!
Partners in Crime
This was my last show at UDC as a student, and as the President of the UDC Photography Club. The dynamic duo crushed it again! Partners in Crime featured the work of myself and Chris Prosser, highlighting our many talents. Held at UDC's Gallery 42, Partners in Crime set the bar for what a senior show should and could be. Fine art prints, commercial excellence, photo-books, and giant painted window graphics, plus top notch food and drinks. An excellent way to culminate four years of studies.
A show about portraiture. UDC Photography Club's fourth annual show at Gallery 42, in conjunction with FOTODC. The show included the work of UDC, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College (Woodbridge). The show's theme allowed students to take any route with portraiture that they deemed fit. There were adaptations of old master painters, fashion-centric images, surrealist visions, and eruptions of color.
Foto Bazaar 2013
FotoDC has been holding shows all year long in DC, one that took place in the Spring of 2013 was called Foto Bazaar. This show saw entrants purchasing an 8'x8' wall space to display whatever photographic work they'd chosen. I used this as an opportunity to try something different. I thoroughly enjoy creating pieces specifically for a show, but decided to only display work that I'd been shooting with my iPhone and the Hipstamatic App over the past year. A great deal of the work can be seen in the Fine Art section of this website under the Mobile category.
Do you know what a QR code is? How they work? What all the pixelated gibberish is? Although frequently added to print materials and advertising, the ubiquitous codes can serve many purposes. During my senior year of undergrad, I'd come up with the concept of creating an exhibition that put everyones work on the same level, at least, appeared to. Imagine a gallery where you don't know what it is you're looking at, everything appears the same, just pixelated black and white prints framed identically. Part art exhibit, part social experiment, QRious? created an interactive exhibit that saw guests sharing the phones and tablets used to scan the framed QR codes and revealing a work of art displayed digitally. Some of the pieces were short films, some four foot long paintings, others were photographs, sculptures, or illustrations, but each held equal weight on display in UDC's Gallery 42 with it checkered tile floor and bright white walls.
This was my second gallery at UDC, where I was the main organizer of the show. The tagline "a written work recast in a new form" was to challenge the participating students to create a photograph that was their own re-imagining of a story, lyric, song, or poem they found meaningful. For this show, the UDC Photography Club invited American University and Dar Al Hekma College. Upon the show's run at Gallery 42, it was packed up and shipped to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a second showing hosted by Dar Al Hekma College. This marks the second time a UDC Photography Club exhibit had traveled overseas.
This was my first photography show that I'd organized as the President of the UDC Photography Club. The idea was presented to me by my co-organizer Caitlin Ochs as a way to bring together photography students from the Washington, DC metropolitan area to create a living portrait of the city. The participating schools were UDC, American University, Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria and Woodbridge), Corcoran School of Art, Howard University, and George Mason University. The show ran in conjunction with FOTODC, Washington's annual week of everything photography in the nation's capital.
Celebrations of Diversity, Homeland, and Identity
The first photography exhibit that I'd participated in at the University of the District of Columbia. Celebrations was put together by Professor Iwan Bagus, and ushered in what would become UDC's annual photography show each November. This was a juried exhibition and my piece, 'We Are All the Same' received a write up in Arabian New when the show traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was displayed at Dar Al Hekma College and a second time at the U.S. Consulate.
Shaun Solo @ Baked & Wired
This exhibit was held at the coffee and cupcake hotspot in Washington's Georgetown Neighborhood. The exhibit was on display for one month and included materials that were previously shown in the MOVA Lounge exhibits over the summer.
Shaun Solo @ MOVA Lounge
This is the second time that I'd displayed my work at MOVA Lounge in DC. This solo exhibition displayed the series of Liquid Emulsion portrait paintings that I'd created earlier in the year, the series 'Life in the Fridge', and a handful of landscape images.
Nude Landscapes @ MOVA Lounge
This was an exhibition at MOVA Lounge in DC that featured my series 'Cloud Covered'. The show was a joint exhibition that included the work of Chris Prosser and Adam Dexter. Our goal for the show was to create a series depicting the human form used to create landscape images. My series 'Cloud Covered' took an abstract approach to the subject matter by utilizing close up shots of the body with projections of clouds covering them, causing the cloud images to wrap, bend, or distort on the body.