The Bath House Cultural Center presents The Intentional Hand: A Photographic Exhibition of Manipulated Imagery, from May 4 to June 8, 2019. The exhibition, curated by local artist Frank Lopez, features the work of ten art photographers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas. The artists featured in the show are Peter J. Blackburn, Kimberly Chiaris, Ross Faircloth, Ellie Ivanova, J. Jason Lazarus, Frank Lopez, Marcy Palmer, Beverly Rayner, Dawn Surratt, and Claire A. Warden.
New stimulating forms of artistic expression have surfaced as a result of the coexistence of digital and traditional photographic techniques in the last few years. For some artists, the early concerns that digital technology and photographic practices from the past were in discordance with each other eventually turned into an interest and desire to find the aspects of analog and digital artistic methods that could be complementary and mutually constructive.
Frank Lopez, the curator of The Intentional Hand, offers his views on the subject of the evolution of the photographic medium and its state in contemporary art-making when he writes: “The advent of digital seemingly doomed analog photographic expression, particularly with the ubiquity of the digital smartphone. The response to digital has had quite the opposite effect as the syntax of photography has evolved to include, adapt and transform this new way of expression. All the while, artists have been afforded the freedom to explore aspects of photographic language that utilizes any previously considered historical techniques. Often times, artists will combine elements of digital to aid in fostering the execution of their ideas; however, many artists choose to live completely in the analog workflow.”
Presented in this exhibition are artists who take part in the conversation of challenging and changing photographic norms through their innovative and experimental imagery. The use of time, light and/or chemical experimentation is an element of their images. Similarly, symbolism, interpretation, and culture also play an important part in the final execution of the artists’ work.
Reception with the Artists: Saturday, May 4, 2019 (7-9 p.m.). Featuring music by Stephen Houpt. Exhibition on display through June 8, 2019.