I Call This Home
Five photographers explore the concept of "home."
September 12 - October 17, 2014
Prendergast Library Art Gallery
509 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 6:30-8:00pm
- Jennifer Scott Schlick
- Kathleen Tenpas
- Lori Deemer
- Riko Chandra
- Mark Kirsch
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Jennifer Scott Schlick
Born and raised in Western New York, Jennifer has lived in the region for most of her life. Photography has been her passion for many years and she began practicing photography seriously in 2006 when she purchased her first Digital SLR camera. She has shown work most recently in Women Create at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown, New York and in a solo exhibition at the library in Lakewood, New York. Jennifer's day job is program director and grant writer at Jamestown Audubon Society, Inc., before which she taught credit and credit-free math and computer classes at Jamestown Community College.
I lived briefly in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 1970s. I was not a fan of the climate. Too dry. Too sunny. I missed my western New York home. A bunch of us got in a van and drove back to Lakewood, New York, taking turns driving, stopping only to refuel. As miles and miles of yellow and brown finally gave way to lush, wet Green, I knew I was home. My photographs for this exhibit celebrate that incredible green.
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Biography: Kathleen was raised on a small dairy farm in southwestern New York State and has run another with her husband over the last 42 years. She received her first camera on her eighth birthday and spent years writing “film” on her mother’s shopping lists. A graduate of JCC, she studied dark room photography with John Heister, wearing out one Olympus OM1 and starting on another before moving on to digital.
Kathleen has a Master’s degree in creative writing: poetry from the MacGregor School of Antioch University. She has worked as an Artist in Residence through the Arts in the Schools program of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County and a teacher of poetry in the Special Studies program of Chautauqua Institution. Most recently, she has given workshops at the Jamestown Audubon Society in natural dyes and leaf pounding and at the Write Around the Block summer Writers’ Workshop in Bemus Point, New York.
Statement: Western Chautauqua County amongst the hills and small farms is home to me. All of my pictures, with a few scattered exceptions, have been taken here. Rolling hills and ridges, old barns and grazing cattle are the setting of my life. The seasons are the impetus of everything I do.
I have been working with handmade paper for a couple of years, experimenting with recycling used papers and using cattail and iris leaves. It was at the suggestion of Jen Schlick that I started making paper and our discussions about printing photographs that lead me to start using the paper for photo prints. These are pictures of what I mean when I say, “We live in such a beautiful place.”
Biography: Lori is an artist originally from Austin, Texas, now living and working in Western New York. An avid outdoors person, she can often be found hiking, snowshoeing or cycling with camera within an arm’s reach (we never know when our paths will let us discover an intriguing moment or when the light will shift into a magical play on the landscape or surfaces around us). She studied traditional darkroom photography and started shooting digitally ten years ago. Today her favorite cameras are a full-frame Canon 5D Mark III and a slightly smaller Fujifilm X-E1. She often explores overlooked, off-the-beaten path places, seeking to experience the world with a sense of wonder and awe. Beyond her abstract work, Lori is also a graphic designer and works at the State University of New York at Fredonia in marketing and communications. She has a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
Statement: My work is an exploration of texture, time, and personality of place. Each frame has a history…its own perspective of life that it has become witness and participant observer to. There exists a quiet personality, locked inside its molecules and worn surfaces, stories often overlooked and disregarded. While rust, brick, or earth may be the transparent subject of a photograph, the meaning appears in the summation of the history of the structure, the evidence of time, and its individual character.
I am entranced by the push and pull of light, shift in detail and ambiguity, the accidental and decisive marks on their surfaces, the saturation and fading of color, and the worn juxtaposed with the unfaltering. My work often bridges the gap between a sort of portrait and abstraction, capturing literal details on one level and implied emotion on another. I seek to capture with a sense of intimacy, respect, and reverence -- as if not to disturb, but give light to the often overlooked.
Biography: Riko Chandra was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He currently lives and works in Sherman, NY. His interest in photography started as a teenager in the late 1980s when he studied French language at the French Cultural Center in Jakarta. At that time there was a retrospective exhibition of the works of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, which ultimately inspired him to photograph urban street scenes in black and white. In the late 1990s, he studied traditional darkroom black and white film development and printing at a community college in Dallas, TX. Several photographs that he printed won awards at a photo competition in Dallas. His professional background includes fashion design, retail, journalism, telecommunications, and a classical music organization that he founded. He currently is a cheesemaker and co-owner of Reverie Creamery, an artisan cheese company based in Chautauqua County. He is a member of Chautauqua County Camera Club and Photographic Society of America. His portrait series of people taken in Chautauqua was exhibited in May and June of 2014, at 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown. He is working on several photography projects all of which involve humanistic vision.
Statement: This series of photographs is my most recent work created specifically for this exhibition “I call this home”. My intention in this presentation is to investigate the concept of home as a temporary space where individuals, families, traveling musicians, music festival goers, summer vacationers who live or travel in vans, campers or recreational vehicles regardless of length of time or season. The actual thrill that I treasured in making this series is not in creating the actual photographs. But, it is the exchange of personal stories and earning their trust by being in their small private spaces. The photographs reveal or conceal details and scenes open to interpretation by viewers. Our perception of information provided by the images; whether tidy or untidy, dull or colorful, modest or fancy are irrelevant. Home is not merely a house. The space may be small and temporary, but the experience is rich and permanent.
Biography: Born and raised in Buffalo NY, and a resident of Jamestown for twenty-five years. Mark is a teacher of photography at Southwestern High School and Jamestown Community College. He has been a full time photographer since 1979, when he was first introduced to black and white film photography. His most current artistic focus has been on developing modern replications of historical photographic processes. He has shown his work in several regional galleries and museums, and is a member of, among several organizations, the Professional Photographers of America and the Buffalo Still Film Photographers.
Statement: Western New York is my home. But if Jamestown represents my heart, then Buffalo is my soul. When I moved to Jamestown, it was the architecture that first captured my attention. But hidden within the windows and doors was a vast historical still life- an archeological archive of businesses, products, and customers that watched mutely as the city built and changed around it. The focus of the Jamestown series is therefore anthropologic and poetic.
Buffalo was once a hub of travel and commerce; the physical terminus of the Erie Canal and the rail gateway to the west. Much of the magic of Buffalo, and the undercurrent of melancholy which define it for generations, is in the richness of its past. This series of pigment prints uses the metaphor of a travelogue to tie Buffalo to its symbolic past and physical present, and follow one of its rich historic traditions- an excursion along the fabled Niagara Escarpment.