Review: Excellent show at a terrific gallery - Full Circle, Ltd in Baltimore

March 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Review: Excellent show at a terrific gallery - Full Circle, Ltd in Baltimore 

by SPE (Society for Photographic Education) member artists  #HoCoArts

It is hard to relate the pleasure and excitement that comes from seeing a photo show where all the exhibitors are artists who are not just skilled in a craft but are bursting out exploring that medium.

The current exhibition at the Full Circle, Ltd is curated by Brian P Miller, a Full Circle staff member, and Jay Gould, a teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The show will feature a group of SPE (Society for Photographic Education) member artists during the conference time in Baltimore. This show will be up from February 22nd- March 29th with a reception held March 8th 7-10:30 pm.

The show at the Full Circle, Ltd is small, with only one, two or three examples from each of the seven artists but quite worth seeing. This is clearly not a display of 'photography' but a display of art with photography as the primary medium. Some of the work is more easily understood and appreciated in a small on-line image and so I will confine my specific remarks to two pieces that show specifically well online. That being said, every piece is worth being seen in person.

Emma Powell (http://www.emmapowellphotography.com) shows three images from her cyanotype series 'In search of sleep.'

This series 'recreates this shadowy realm and allows me to explore my real-life questions, from personal dramas to romantic doubts. The cyanotype process, with its distinctive blue tones, visually traverses the distance between waking and sleeping. These images are also toned with tea and wine to both dull the blues and add warmth.'

I loved all three of the images shown but my personal favorite was “Unmoored.”

These are composite images and, although I know that, the technical execution is so fine that I can easily make myself unaware of that and see through the frame into the world of the image. Each of the few nicely chosen and rendered objects in the frame has strong allusions and, together, make an indelible impression of that vague unreality of the dream state. Well made and well conceived and well executed, by themselves these works, just inside the door of Full Circle, would have made the entire trip worth while.

The second image is “Lilac Breasted Roller with kumquats” a particularly gorgeous pigment print by Sarah Cusimano Miles. (http://sarahcusimanomiles.com/index.php) This image comes from a series of explorations of the collections of the Anniston Museum of Natural) History in Anniston, Alabama. “By portraying these objects through the tradition of the still life, the artist explores ideas of cultural decadence and beauty in stasis. In addition, these photographs are comprised of numerous single frames combined to construct high-resolution composite images. This allows for the capture and portrayal of the subject in a manner that goes beyond that which is possible through a single exposure. In this way the image exists as a double construction; once as the objects are assembled to be photographed, and again as the frames are combined to form the final image.”

Although it is not stated directly, this image, and the others from this series displayed on her web site, are strongly reminiscent of Dutch and Flemish still lives from the 16th and 17th century. The richness of color, the wealth of fine detail and the knowing placement of the objects within the frame, in striking allusion to the painted still lives, seem almost to be a tromp l'oeil painting and I had to constantly remind myself that this was a photograph, almost in homage to the painters. A wonderful achievement both in conception and execution.

It is only for lack of space that I cannot show the excellent and interesting work of the other artists in the show.

Elliot Dudik – 4 Untitled Pigment Prints http://www.eliotdudik.com/

Brenton Hamilton – Man of Stars http://www.brentonhamiltonstudio.net/main.html

Rebecca Hopp - “We kept her in a cage” and 'Harvest End” http://cargocollective.com/rebeccajhopp

Gina Phillips – Syzygy Photogeam #1 and #20 http://ginamphillips.com/syzygy.html

John Vigg - Pine Barrens Mapping http://www.wheresvigg.com/

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A word about the venue.

I learned about Full Circle, which is also a full service imaging and frame shop, back in January when I needed two prints done especially well. I was exchanging prints with someone and I wanted my prints to look good both as a mark of respect to the other photographer and as a good example of my work. Every one of the staff I met at Full Circle was friendly and clearly knowledgeable and the result was so good I could barely steel myself to give the prints away.

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“Echos of Veracity” Full Circle, Ltd. 33 East 21st Street, Baltimore Maryland 21218. This show will be up from February 22nd- March 29th with a reception will be held March 8th 7-10:30 pm.

 410-528-1868

 http://fullcirclephoto.com/

 

 


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