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2008-2009 Photography Exhibitions
Perspectives Gallery, Photography Area Y100, 2nd Floor

September 22- October 10, 2008

Dan Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan. Dan’s photographs that address the American experience, landscape, and culture have been showcased nationally in several exhibitions and galleries in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Saint Louis, and New York.  

In the last couple of years, he has received the Aperture Award from an international exhibition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, a professional award from Keith Davis-curator of photography at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest. Dan’s prints have previously been exhibited at the Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley, Photo SF, Focus Gallery and Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco, the Emerging Bay Area Artists exhibition, and through the Humble Arts Foundation in New York. Additionally, his photographs are being published in an upcoming book titled Another Country

Dan is currently a professor of Photography at the University of Missouri and the Gallery Director at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. 

Dan Farnum will be showing photographs from his series “Growing Up.”  The recognition of adulthood is connected to the acceptance that childhood has slipped into the past. Memories from the places where we searched for maturity and independence are the residue that is left behind. 

October 13 – October 31, 2008

Gina Rymarcsuk works in photography and digital media. Her research is deeply rooted in the study of optics, the body of the camera, the physics of light and often immersed in the formulaic and procedural study of the photographic process. She investigates the nature of visual illusion, linguistic construction, feats of architecture, and avian structure, implementing analog and digital technologies in a systemic process of collection, analysis, and assembly. Her results are at a level of precision not possible through an exclusively analog or digital approach. 

Gina is currently a professor of Photography at UW-Milwaukee.  

November 3 – November 21, 2008

Guayabera Series

The images in Guayabera Series are all large-scale photographs of my uncle Alfonso wearing Guayabera shirts. He has been wearing them every day for as long as I can remember. This type of shirt is inextricably tied to my earliest memories and thoughts of my uncle. Each portrait is taken from the exact same position, lighting and background. The only difference between them is the color of the shirts and slight changes in facial expression. When viewed together they are somewhat humorous and slightly haunting.  

This work follows What Remains, photographs of old white undershirts that belonged to my uncle Vinnie. Much like my previous work, the Guayabera Series deals with my investment in objects of emotional value. In both What Remains and Guayabera Series the shirts were worn by my uncles who raised me since I was two years old. 

Clothing is intimate not only because it touches the skin and acts as a barrier to the elements, but also because it communicates so much of who we are. My uncle has been wearing these shirts much like a uniform for well over 30 years.  

Where as What Remains was about loss and grief, this series celebrates someone who has been a constant throughout my life, unchanging and unfailing.

Justine Reyes lives and works in New York.  In 2004 she received her MFA from the San      Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. Reyes’ work revolves around issues of identity, history and time; and our relationship to these themes in a post 9/11world. Using photography and installation, she examines family, the idea of leaving and returning home, and the longing to hold on to things that are ephemeral and transitory in nature.

Reyes has shown her work both nationally and internationally.  She participated in Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennale in Havana, Cuba and recently took part in Contemporary Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2007 Reyes participated in The Feminine Mystique, an exhibition at the Jersey City Museum, which included new work from her series Away From Home. In 2008 Reyes was an artist in residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and was recently awarded a residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

November 24 – December 12, 2008

Very Small Observations

This group of photographs represent neither my personal artwork nor my professional magazine work.  They are small observations, and yet their creation has become important in my picture making.  They capture the moments that lie between assignments and project work, and have been inspired by having an electronic venue, a blog, as a place to reside.

Kevin J. Miyazaki is a photographer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His personal work focuses on the themes of societal and personal memory, family history, and architectural remains.  His editorial work appears in national magazines. 

January 12 – January 30, 2009

Scott Eiden freelances in New York as a professional printer for clients like Sze Tsung Leong, Yossi Milo, Len Jenshel and others. He was a finalist in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2008, and a "Hot Shot" in Jen Bekman’s juried exhibition last year.

Feburary 2 – Feburary 20, 2009

Sentimental Education is a portraiture of my family in bathing. 

I used a 4 x 5 camera for the series because the formal aesthetic and distance offered by the large format allows me to grasp details of casual moments, including those influenced by the physical relationship between people and the surrounding elements. 

Constantly affected by the complex environment, our bodies and feelings are always moving and flowing.  The appearances of the people in the images show subtle impressions which waver between vulnerability and flexibility, openness and hesitancy, and intimacy and loneliness. 

Water gives us a pure sense of physicality.  Bodies soaked in water, wet hair, skin with droplets of water, and views through the mist–these fragments which are ingrained in our memories give nuance to our general emotions. Although bodies can never merge, the emotion flowing outside each entity transmits into others and develops a universal vibration which, I hope, will stream into the viewers. 

Hiroyo Kaneko photographs people within the weft of their daily lives. Her works conceptually and literally reveal the visual richness and complexity of our society’s everyday life.  Hiroyo Kaneko was born in Aomori, Japan.  She received her B.A. in French Literature from the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, and went on to earn an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She currently lives and works in San Francisco. 

Feburary 23 – March 20, 2009

“As I’ve explore this region with new eyes, with the eyes of a person who has gotten older, is more experienced, who’s built his own unique life, it’s become apparent to me how important this childhood landscape has been in forming the person I’ve become. Not surprisingly, as a photographer, as an artist, I find myself making more and more photographs with each visit to this region, in an attempt to understand just how my connection to my homeland influences how I move through my life.”

March 23 – April 10, 2009

Grant Ernhart was born and raised in Minnesota. He participated in international level athletics for nine years before moving to San Francisco in order to study photography. In 2006, he received his BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Grant has taken part in group exhibitions across the country including shows in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. His work has been included in O at Home, House and Garden and will be included in Humble Media’s first ever Emerging Photography Collector’s Guide due out in the Spring of 2009.

April 13 – May 1, 2009

“This current series of photographic images are large-scale color narratives. These staged photographs recall childhood perceptions and dramas from an adult view with adults as the actors. These playful yet eerie images offer an insight into phobias and anxieties of my childhood. Memories inspired by fights with my younger brother, birthday disasters and snowball battles are subjects that are explored often using the same childhood friends as models.”