Julie Blackmon Artist’s Talk & Opening, April 8th and 9th

A quick reminder about Julie Blackmon’s opening at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery on Friday night at 7pm, followed by her Artist’s Talk at 11am on Saturday at SCAD-Atlanta. Below, the press release from Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, who’ll be hosting the group show that includes Julie’s work, as well as work from Michael Marshall, Aline Smithson and Maggie Taylor.

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Still.Life.
Photographs by Julie Blackmon, Michael Marshall, Aline Smithson and Maggie Taylor

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is proud to present Still.Life., an exhibition exploring the connection between photography and painting in the digital age. Julie Blackmon, Michael Marshall, Aline Smithson and Maggie Taylor utilize technology to push the limitations of photography. The Jennifer Schwartz Gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, April 8 from 7 until 10 PM. The show will be on view at the gallery until May 28, 2011. The gallery is free and open to the public. Additionally, Julie Blackmon will give an artist talk at Savannah College of Art and Design on April 9 at 11 AM. This talk is sponsored by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, SCAD and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Ever since the creation of photograph in the early half of the 19th century, the medium has lived in the shadow of its parent-figure, painting. In the beginning painting heavily influenced photography by dictating the aesthetics which the medium should strive toward; however, with the rise of photographic digitization in the past decade or so, photography has exploded as an experimental medium, incorporating almost all painterly techniques. While no one trend in painting or photography can define the overall current of the medium, certain trends can clue us in on how these two mediums have been influencing each other. One way we can see these trends is in the works of the four photographers in Still.Life. who focus their images toward painterly themes.

Influenced by 17th century Dutch painter Jan Steen, known for his depiction of boisterous family events, Julie Blackmon is interested in blurring the line between art and life. Her work is reminiscent of the Dutch Baroque with its precision, attention to detail and sense of humor. The oldest of nine children, and now with three children of her own, Blackmon knows firsthand the chaos of family events. Blackmon has exhibited widely in the United States and her photographs reside in permanent collections such as George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY and Museum of Fine Art in Houston, TX. In 2008, Domestic Vacations, a monograph of her work, was published by Radius Press.

Michael Marshall’s multi-layered photographs explore the intersections of science and the left-brained sensibility of intuition and emotion. In these contemporary approaches to impressionistic paintings, Marshall uses fine Japanese tissue paper to create an opaque layered image where the viewer sees through one layer and into another. On view at the gallery will be new works from his “Pipeline” series that are “inspired by the dichotomy of the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful and tranquil (a vacation spot), yet the heart of controversy and disaster, from hurricanes to the recent oil spill.” Marshall is currently the Chair of Photography at the University of Georgia.

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side of the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Her work has been featured widely in publications and exhibited throughout the country. Smithson writes and edits Lenscratch blog, which explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community. In the show, her is a direct play from James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Black and Grey: The Artist’s Mother. In these hand painted silver gelatin prints, Smithson creates varied compositions that explore the fantasy of imagining different identities for those we love.

After ten years as a still-life photographer, Maggie Taylor turned to her computer to create new images in 1996. The resulting photographs start a dialogue with Surrealist painters, such as Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. These compositions of found images, photographed scenes, and digitally manipulated imagery create fantastical dream-world landscapes. She has participated in numerous solo and group shows throughout the country and abroad, and her work is in numerous private and public collections including Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX.

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is newly located at 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112, Atlanta, GA 30318. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and by appointment. For more information call the gallery at (404) 885-1080 or visit www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com.

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