May 2013: Student Perspectives Show
Student Perspectives 2013 is the second juried exhibit of photography from high school students throughout Chicagoland area to be held at Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL. The exhibit was curated by Bob Tanner and David Velasco, both members of Perspective Gallery. The jurors selected 54 images from 48 students enrolled in photography classes in a wide range of suburbs including. Buffalo Grove, Glenbrook North and South, Lane Tech, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, New Trier and Whitney Young to name a few. The response to this show was overwhelming with over 165 photography students from 19 high schools submitting over 455 images.
April 2013: Schneberger and Todd
Mexico: Two Views
Las Cruces de la Carretera by Christopher Schneberger and Walkways by Verna Todd
Exhibit opens April 4, 2013 and continues through April 28.
Christopher Schneberger was captivated by the roadside memorials that are often found along the highways in Mexico. These memorials commemorate fatal roadside accidents and are erected as a remembrance of the deceased. Adorned with plastic flowers, messages and mementos, they enable loved ones to remember the deceased while also serving as a warning to fellow travelers of the unexpected dangers that can lurk along the road.
Verna Todd was drawn to the beauty and artistry of the varied walkways that she travelled during her journey of discovery. Where others see the mundane, Ms. Todd was inspired by the intricate stone patterns of the hand-crafted streets and walkways that she found while exploring this visually rich region.
Perspective Group and Galley of Evanston IL, announces LENS2013, an international exhibition of photographs juried by Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
LENS2013 is the third annual international juried exhibition of photography to be held at Perspective Gallery. Over 160 artists submitted almost 900 images for consideration. The juror selected 35 images from 35 artists representing multiple aspects of contemporary photography. Three photographers will receive awards ranging from $100 to $200.
In her juror's statement, Ms. Irvine notes, "All of the artists included in this exhibition share not only a common occupation, but also, in their artwork, an engagement with humanity. They all seem to fundamentally understand that photography is able to communicate in a way that no other medium can."
The show opens on March 1 and continues through March 31 with the opening reception on Saturday March 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm.
With this show Perspective Gallery continues its commitment to showcasing a wide variety of photography that is representative of current trends.
Stephanie Taiber: February 2012
Chicago area photographer Stephanie Taiber features work derived from her series: Between Boys. With this work she explores the tenuous transition from boyhood to adulthood. This work examines the journey of adolescence using portraiture to create a narrative.
In addition, the gallery will feature work by four gallery interns: Sasha Andruzheychik, Katie Donajkowski, Mary Ferrill, and Samantha Harris. Perspective Gallery established an intern program in 2011 to provide undergraduate students with experience in a real photography gallery situation. This program enables students of photography to learn practical skills while assisting with exhibition installation, staffing, marketing and social media. Ms. Andruzheychik and Ms. Donajkowski are photography students at Columbia College; Ms. Ferrill and Ms. Harris are students at DePaul University in Chicago.
January 2013: Johnson and Spencer
Two Chicago area photographers take very different and personal views of how they interpret things abandoned or forgotten in their joint show at Perspective Group and Photography Gallery. Both artists explore things and places abandoned.
Katsy Johnson traversed the back roads of Illinois and Wisconsin, driving between small farming communities whose heydays are behind them. Her images are of rural ruins, places forgotten by time but that recall an era when they had a purpose in the lives of the communities they served. Highlights of this show include encaustic photographs that capture the desolation of southern Illinois towns such as Cairo whose once thriving riverfront now consists of a few vacant storefronts and a northern Wisconsin country church slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding woods.
Ms. Johnson has 5 large format images in the show that she layers with encaustic wax. This texture and opacity lend a poetic quality to the photographs, which also include farm buildings and a one room schoolhouse that are fading into their surrounding elements.
Donna Spencer works with more personal artifacts, family heirlooms from three dismantled family homes. The process is a personal journey through multiple generations of a family – history is revealed in the contents of old boxes, memories are hidden in the backs of drawers and long lost connections to the past are examined. This series of still life photographs, made over the past few years, is Ms. Spencer’s response to the stories that were recalled.
December 2012: Chirchirillo and Metzel
November 30 - December 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8, 5-8pm
Jeffrey Chirchirillow: Powwow of the New Moon
Suzanne Metzel: Rhythmic Bodies
November 2012: Faigie and Bob Tanner
Scorched: Photographs from the Okefenokee Swamp
Last March, with two photographer friends, I entered Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, only to learn that the swamp had been burned and partially destroyed by a devastating inferno in 2011. The resulting photographs are my impressions of what that conflagration did to life in the Okefenokee.
My photography enables me to discover, reveal, and create more than the eye can readily discern. Whether a landscape, or tree trunk, micro or macro in size, its formation and scope is shaped in my mind, and then fully developed in two dimensions through the photographic process.
About the Artist
Bob Tanner began his photographic journey early in life and received his Bachelor’s of Science from the Institute of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer. After college he became a documentary/educational film maker and videographer. Following his successful film career he taught art in the Chicago Public Schools. For the past twelve years, he has returned to his initial interest in photography. He is a charter member of Perspective Group and Gallery of Fine Art Photography, Evanston, IL.
Mr. Tanner has exhibited his work in multiple local, regional and national venues. His photographs are in the collections of JP Morgan Chase, The Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as private collections.
Faigie Tanner: In Passing, Photographs from San Miguel de Allende
In Passing is a collection of street
photography taken during a 2012 stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In daily passing through the streets I was offered a rich context of human scenarios that were ongoing in the public spaces. Observing individuals and groups of all ages presented me with a variety of photographic responses. At times, I discovered that some of the familiar details of my daily life resonated with the actions of total strangers. At other times, I felt a distinct separation between myself and the others I was viewing through my lens.
The serendipitous nature of street photography allows me to experience an instant contact abstracted from the ﬂow of life. The resulting photograph becomes a visual memory shared with others as part of a larger narrative.
About the Artist
Ms. Tanner received Masters from the School of the Art Institute and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as well as a Bachelor’s of Art from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After a career as an art therapist and child life specialist at various local hospitals, she has pursued a second career making art using various media including fiber, mixed media and photography.
Ms, Tanner has exhibited widely in the Chicago area. Her work is included in numerous collections including Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Bell & Howell as well as private collections.
October 2012: DeLean and FriedlanderStreet Art: Dublin
Street Art: Dublin is a
continuing study of the urban art covering the walls and alleys of Dublin. Commissioned by arts organizations and city government, the paintings are often part of juried competitions, and seek to portray the current emotional and political climate of the economically decimated country. Internationally renowned street artists from New York City, Los Angeles, Belfast, London, and Dublin have left their mark, adding vibrant and emotive stamps on Dublin's ancient foundations.
Women through the DecadesLaura S. Friedlander
This project is only a beginning. The photographer’s aim is to study girls and women through the decades of life. It is an attempt to capture the essence of who they are at a particular moment in time, in age as they navigate the many different roles of being female.
September 2012: Iacuzzi and Panayiotou
Architexture: The Chicago Series
by Anthony Iacuzzi
In the same way that the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art defines its texture, so too do the surfaces of buildings and structures define the texture of a city. That quality is what fine art photographer, Anthony Iacuzzi, calls "architexture." In the fourteen images that comprise “The Chicago Series,” Iacuzzi
offers a personal exposition of Chicago’s distinctive "architexture."
Speaking of his work, Iacuzzi observes that "The technology used to construct contemporary buildings has allowed architects to use glass, steel and concrete in creative and innovative ways.
Sometimes those efforts take expression in the form of sensuous shapes and symmetrical patterns that mimic the exquisite forms found in nature. More often, however, they reflect mathematical or geometric patterns that are much more practical to render and construct." With this exhibit, Iacuzzi hopes to "inspire the viewer to discover and appreciate the intrinsic beauty of some of the architectural creations that comprise Chicago’s urban landscape."
About the Artist
Anthony Iacuzzi is a graphic designer and a fine art photographer with a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is a founding member of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery of Evanston, Illinois.
Dunescape by Peter Panayiotou
The series “Dunescape” has a special meaning for me outside of the photographic and art realms. As an adventure-seeking boy growing up in a seaside resort in England, much of my time was spent playing cowboys and Indians on the sand dunes at the beach with my friends.
That must have accounted for the fascination I had with the impressive dunes of Death Valley when I found that vista before me in the American Wild West decades later.
Photographing from late in the day until sunset to maximize the long shadows, and the dramatic dimensionality and texture they gave to the dunes, I still felt that I hadn’t exhausted all the possible exploration of compositions and perspectives. I was left hungry for more, like a kid in a candy store who couldn’t get enough. So I came back early the next morning at sunrise, with the sun coming from the opposite direction and painting a whole different set of patterns on the sculptured canvas.
Some of the images in the series are straightforward landscapes. Others are abstractions of a small area of intersection of sunlit sand and shadow. The possibilities that these abstractions offer are almost endless and it is the investigation of these options that captivates me. The culmination of this process is, hopefully, an image which has impact and intrigue, requiring the viewer to linger as they decipher what they see.
About the Artist
Peter Panayiotou has been a commercial and fine-art photographer for over 25 years. Among his clients are ad agencies, design firms, and
Fortune 500 corporations. His fine-art work has been exhibited in galleries and is part of corporate, institutional, and private collections.
August 2012: Canning and Harp
The Beauty of the Beasts is comprised of photographs of dioramas and
taxidermy displays from natural history museums worldwide. There is an inherent conflict in these
displays. Despite the remarkable skill of the taxidermists and diorama creators
who have meticulously crafted these replicated worlds, these displays are
fundamentally unreal. And there really is something inherently spooky about
dead animals on display. The animals are dead, but every effort has been made
to impart a sense of realism to the displays.
The animals, frozen in poses that mimic their former lives, often convey
I seek to not only capture the strange beauty and
uniqueness of these animals and displays, but also to build on the re-animation
of these creatures by invoking a sense of life and movement through various
diffusion techniques. By shooting in B & W, which is in itself an
interpretation of reality, I create images that are one more step removed from
the reality these dioramas and displays portray.
In Belgien: These
images were taken in 1997 and printed in book form as In Belgien in 2009 (a shorter, softbound version was printed in
2010). Over the past five years, most of
my output has been in book form. The
book, for me, is a repository, a place of gathering and collection as well as
ordering. I consider the pages presented
here fragments from an archive, threads of
intersecting histories, traces of the past that, in the words of the
late German writer W.G. Sebald, “makes one’s head heavy and giddy, as if one
were not looking back down the receding perspectives of time but rather down on
the earth from a great height, from one of those towers whose tops are lost to
view in the clouds.”
July 2012: Hart and NussbaumPeter Nussbaum: Drops
Please join Peter in a voyage of discovery of the large universe encapsulated in a tiny hanging water drop
The magic of the surfaces of the water drop is that they act like a lens with the caveat that what in reality is "up" is seen in the drop as "down". Also what is to the "right" is to the "left" and what is to the "left" is to the
"right". A special image is attained when the drop
elongated just before it dislodges from its host.
Howard Hart: People/Places
When I shoot on the street, I look for those moments when people and place come together in a way that suggests more than either would alone. This union can suggest a mood, hint at a hidden story, or transform a
commonplace scene to create a portrait in which people and place each contribute.
June 2012: Clarissa Bonet, LENS winnerPerspective Gallery is pleased to announce Clarissa Bonet’s show "City Space." Ms. Bonet is the winner of the LENS 2012 international juried exhibition at which her image "Spilt Milk" received the juror’s award. Catherine
Edelman, director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery was the juror.
About the photographer:
Clarissa Bonet (b. 1986 Tampa Florida) lives and works in Chicago. She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago
in 2012 and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been exhibited in The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, as well as internationally at
the Pingyao International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China, among other places. She is also a recipient of the Albert P. Weisman Award at Columbia College Chicago two years in a row.
Artist's Statement: The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me. City Space is a ongoing photographic exploration of the urban
environment and my perception of it. I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body. These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city. I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.