||Rosanne Olson, David Fokos and Simen Johan
From November 13 to December 23, Benham Gallery is exhibiting the work of Rosanne Olson, David Fokos and Simen Johan.
Rosanne Olson, an award-winning Seattle photographer, will exhibit a new series of photographs in an exhibit titled, Four and Twenty Blackbirds.
David Fokos, has recognized that by carefully crafting photographs which filter out "visual noise" of every day life, the viewer is given a deeper insight and appreciation of the subject matter. His minimalistic compositions distill each image down to it's barest components, so that the perception of the viewer is intensified and concentrated wholly on the essence of that which remains. The results are haunting images of compelling beauty, yet the images go will beyond merely being pretty pictures. They also possess an intellectual depth which continues to reward the viewer eac h time the image is viewed. Using his 70-year old 8 x 10 camera, Fokos has photographed along to coast of New England for over twenty years.
Simen Johan, originally from Norway, now residing in New York city, exhibits an exhibition titled, And Nothing Was to Be Trusted. Simen creates children and adolescents by digitally manipulating and combining parts of faces and bodies belonging to people of various ethnicities, ages and genders. His fictional identities are depicted in equally fabricated scenarios that are replete with references to both the art historical tradition and Freudian sexuality. He spends about a month working on each image, meticulously adding, subtracting and manipulating elements until he intuitively deems the work complete. The final image is then output to 4x5 negative film and printed and toned conventionally in a traditional darkroom. The resulting photographic quality contributes to a deceptive sense of familiarity and nostalgia and contradicts the general expectations of most computer-manipulated imagery.
Our first show of 2001, coming up in January will feature the work of Steve Fey, Malcolm Edwards and Denis Kempe.