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Photographs by Nancy Barton, Elizabeth Hall-Dukin, Carla Shapiro
Dates: January 20-March 5, 2017
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday & Monday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-3 pm
More Information: 518-263-2060
Image: “The Walk to Paradise Garden,” by Nancy Barton & Michael Glass
The Kaaterskill Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery proudly presents “Creating Images,” a show featuring photography by three talented area artists. The show runs through March 12, 2017.
“Creating Images” features the photography of regional artists Nancy Barton, Carla Shapiro and Elizabeth Hall-Dukin. The work in this exhibit by-passes the camera to come face-to-face with the artist’s vision from the documentary through the post-modern. From the 19th century when the invention of the camera was “news” to the 21st century when “cameras” and images are everywhere, this exhibit focuses on the photographer behind the lens.
Nancy Barton is an artist, educator, and Director of the Prattsville Art Center & Residency. Her photography, performance, mixed media installation, & creative placemaking has been exhibited in many venues including MoMA New York, the Long Beach Museum, the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles) and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, and many other publications. She has curated and lectured on art, and placemaking in the US, Asia, Africa, and Europe, most recently at the “Art of Care” conference at the Sorbonne, Paris.
Barton’s interests include feminism, post-colonial theory, and Psychoanalysis. She is an Associate Professor of Art at New York University’s Steinhardt Art Department, which has she also chaired. Working collaboratively with individuals, organizations, and institutions around the world, she has created lasting positive change in both academic and community settings.
About her work, Barton says: “I have lived in the Catskill Mountains for 16 years; this community is very important to me, but only recently have I begun to show my artwork here. My work has always been a place to confront and work through difficult issues, and I have been unsure whether rural audiences would welcome the ideas my work explores. In this exhibition I have decided to take a chance, and share three pieces that consider the relationship of death to identity, freedom, and control. Two of the works refer to the words and actions of men who murdered women; the last is a collaboration with an artist who hid a great deal of himself, here a reflecting pool suggests a world below this surface.”
“We learn who we might be and who we might become from the images around us, this matters a great deal at this point in history. I hope that presenting these works in this context will contribute to the difficult conversations in which we are now enmeshed.”
Carla Shapiro was born in Manhattan. She is a Chichester-based visual artist who has been working in photography for over 25 years, creating bodies of work about women, aging, 9/11, beauty and decay. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University. She currently teaches graduate school at Pratt Institute and resides in upstate New York. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally.
Shapiro has received many awards including The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Golden Light Awards at Maine Photographic Workshops, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, (2 times), and The O’Conner Foundation, and Pratt Institute. Carla has attended many artists’ colonies including The MacDowell Colony (6 times) and Yaddo, among others.
About her work, Shapiro says, “Over the last 25 years, I have photographed many subjects that reveal and juxtapose beauty and decay. The themes I’ve chosen to embody these subjects differ, but are linked by their inherent curiosity, mystery and wonder.”
“I work with my grandmother Charlotte. I bathe her, I sit with her, and I photograph her. She is not always here in the world I know, Alzheimer’s has taken her away. She is not always the wise woman I have learned from, but a child I need to help. These are simple moments, but hold so much power that I need to photograph them. In these pictures I search for the woman I once knew.”
“I see her tranquility. I feel her warmth. And I hold her. I touch her textured skin because I am drawn to the aging landscape of her body. Yeats wrote, “A terrible beauty is born,” I am drawn to this beauty. I am drawn to Charlotte.”
“Charlotte has given me so much, and now her gifts are these images. When she forgets who I am she knows the camera belongs to someone who loves her.”
Carla Shapiro’s website is www.carlashapiro.com.
Elizabeth Hall-Dukin is a photographer, historian and curator.
She says, “I'm interested in both the visual and historical/cultural implications of photography. Approaching photography as material culture allows the documentary nature of the images and the stories they tell to really come into focus. My fascination with images serving as a sort of archival database started at a young age with my mother taking a ton of pictures. I wasn't old enough to know my grandmother (her mother) before she passed, but I was able learn about her by looking through photo albums with my mother. I also have a vivid memory of having to evacuate South Florida for a hurricane. We didn't have much time to gather belongings, but two giant containers of photo albums managed to make it into the car.”