THE FRONT

August 8- September 6, 2015

August 8- September 6, 2015

Opening reception Saturday August 8th, 6-10 pm

Rooms 1 & 2:

Maria Levitsky
LIGHTFALL/FOR DISPLAY ONLY

Maria Levitsky is a photographic artist whose work encompasses architecture, landscape, structures of image-making, and the history of photography. Her photography is in an experimental vein that looks at our relationship to the built environment and questions the way meaning is conveyed in the photograph. She uses traditional film techniques to create her photographs, along with some unorthodox treatments of the photographic object. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Memphis and in Europe. Maria is a recipient of fellowships and residencies in the US and abroad. She received an MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2012 and is based in New Orleans and New York City.

LIGHTFALL is a group of prints that are being shown for the first time since being created, ten years ago in 2005. At that time I worked as a printing technician at a back and white mural printing lab in Yonkers NY and I was able to use the lab to produce the prints. I was at this job when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and I have a vivid memory of the place and time when the news came up. We were finishing our work day and the boss came out and let us know what was going on. I had no idea I would end up in New Orleans at that time. The images have nothing to do with the storm. They were chosen from an ongoing series I was working on at the time about buildings and structure and light. Now seems like a good time to give them some exposure.

FOR DISPLAY ONLY is the most recent episode in an experiment with wall installations I have been making for the last 2 years. It is about working with existing images, both mine and others' to create a kind of visual narrative in the vein of small historical museum displays, only without a precise directive. My aim is to begin the experiment, that it may have a continuation in the curiosity of the viewer. It is about living with visual art, bringing forgotten images out of the attic, and putting found and fabricated art into a dialogue with other works and fresh observers.

www.marialevitsky.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/marvelitsky/15525073791/in/dateposted-public/

Room 3:

Garima Thakur
Guilty about not being guilty

Garima Thakur was born in New Delhi, India where she completed her undergraduate studies. She is currently residing in Portland,OR and works as an assistant professor of interaction media and graphic design at Western Oregon University. Her art practice roots from the desire to understand human relationships and their interaction with each other. 

Guilty about not being guilty explores the paradoxes  I experienced as a daughter growing up in India. In this work, I am questioning the social norms through my relationship with my mother that exists within the bounds of my society and culture. The work investigates the duality of traditional and contemporary values I still struggle with as a woman and a daughter. 

www.garimathakur.com

Room 4:

John Isiah Walton
Beaucoup Humidity

b 1985

Education
H.S. St. Augustine 99-02 , Sarah T Reed '03
A.A. Delgado Community College 2012

A survey of work from my Beaucoup Humidity series.