The Photography Exhibition
Friday, April 26th 7-10pm
Las Manos Gallery presents Artists Michael McGuire, Mark Pease, Paul Clark, Juan Fernandez, Gwynne Johnson, Patrick Manning, Emily Franklin and Jim Van Bibber.
Michael McGuire photographs, deconstructs, then reconstructs images of Chicago's tenement buildings. New and abstracted structures bloom through repetitive collaging of elements such as doors and windows.
Gwynne Johnson takes a look at both the future and the past. Her series “This Doubtful Paradise” explores immigrants as they struggle to straddle departures and homecomings and how it shapes their present.
Emily Franklin explores the intangible forces that propel people through shifting identities. The result is the existence in an intermediary state; their tangible bodies rooted in a physical reality but their conscience functioning independently.
Paul Clark’s "Barrier" series is a two-decade-long documentation of gardens across the nation. Clark focuses on fences and wires, which he treats as minimal forms and lines. His witnessing of the passage of time and the changing relationships between nature and man-made structures becomes an observation on life.
JIM VAN BIBBER
Jim Van Bibber presents unusually languid views of Chicago's own Lake Michigan coastline. Long exposures lend a hand to the enigmatic presence of shifting fog and water. These elements add to a slow sense of disorientation and movement through each image...
Juan Fernandez photographs pristine but banal buildings frozen under gray skies. Fernandez “cleans” the images of distracting elements such as trash, cement cracks or rust stains. This process eliminates actual location and time while letting some aspect of reality remain. These odd photographic moments are meant to exude isolation and rejection.
Mark Pease's "Underground" series touches upon his ongoing fascination with form and void. By capturing vacated public transit tunnel walkways, the absence of life lets the viewer visually examine the emptiness.
Patrick Manning's "Then She Smiled" photographs feature manipulated inkjet prints of highly-pixelated grins. The viewer is taken in by the inviting gesture, but simultaneously repelled by lips and teeth morph together. The end result is a study in the grotesque and beautiful as one.