Burning Field, Kathleen Robbins
"The painter, George Seurat, the George of “Sunday in the Park...” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, speaks and sings while seeming to fill a canvas with thousands of dots of color. The juror/curator here is merely trying to fill the room pleasingly, thoughtfully, theatrically and as he says - elliptically - dot dot dot." —W.M. Hunt, Curator, Color and Light.
CRITICAL MASS 2012 (COLOR and LIGHT) TRAVELING EXHIBITION
CRITICAL MASS 2012 was organized and circulated by Photolucida in partnership with Kehrer Verlag, Blue Sky Gallery, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, and the Southeast Museum of Photography.
The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. Submitted work is pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20 jurors. From those votes, the 200 top Finalists are determined. The images of these 200 Finalists then go to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best photography professionals who have agreed to view and vote on the Finalists’ work. The 200 Critical Mass jurors were truly an international group of industry professionals representing a wide variety of photographic interests.
CRITICAL MASS 2012 will travel to the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, in Atlanta, Georgia; and to the Southeast Museum of Photography, in Daytona Beach, Florida during 2013.
CRITICAL MASS BOOK AWARD
Using these juror’s votes, at least one photographer is chosen to receive a book award. In 2013, Photolucida has co-published the book award winner’s monograph with publisher KEHRER VERLAG. The book award winner was chosen from among the top-scoring Finalists. Congratulations to Mila Teshaieva (Book Award recipient).
In addition to the book award, Photolucida partnered with Blue Sky and The Center for Fine Art Photography in offering a solo show to two Critical Mass Finalists. Founded in 1975 as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Blue Sky is one of the leading venues exhibiting contemporary photography in the United States. The Center for Fine Art Photography was founded in 2004 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and it provides educational programming, exhibition space, and support services to the photographic community. Tamas Deszo is the Blue Sky solo show recipient and Heidi Kirkpatrick is the solo show recipient at the Center for Fine Art Photography.
(Photolucida is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.)
EXHIBITION CURATOR’S COMMENTS
W. M. Hunt has curated the final traveling group exhibition from the Critical Mass Top 50.
This exhibition “Color and Light” celebrates Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 – its ability to attract emerging talent and to have it adjudicated by a series of experts, then to get someone – me – to attempt to harness all of those disparate talents and photographs into some sort of meaningful, coherent and attractive event. Good luck.
Look at the work in terms of color and light and order and design (dot dot dot) rather than subject matter with landscapes here, still life there, portraits.
Let’s look differently. COLOR and LIGHT….Got it?
And then, just as you get everything arranged into categories:
COMPOSITION ... you recognize that it is completely arbitrary.
There isn’t so much real difference between FORM and TONE because good work can stand on its own. Switch them around or throw them out. The groupings are invitations to look without making literal connections.
Look and let it come together.
Bumbumbum ….George continues,
"Putting it together...
Piece by Piece-
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision's no solution,
Everything depends on execution:
Putting it together-
That's what counts!
The art of making art
Is putting it together-
Bit by bit"
Stephen Sondheim, “Color and Light” from “Sunday in the Park with George,” 1984
- WM Hunt, copyright 2013
ABOUT W.M HUNT
W.M. Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant. He is the author of The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious (Thames & Hudson, Aperture, 2012). The Unseen Eye was also published as L’Oeil Invisible (Actes Sud, 2012). He is a teacher, lecturer, and Dancing Bear. www.wmhunt.com
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