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© Dallas Crow

 International Juried Photography Exhibition

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION:
Saturday May 21ST 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: May 21st - June 4th, 2022

Juror | Dallas Crow

The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” seems to suggest that a photograph transcends language, but words have been a key part of many important photographers’ work—from the billboards and signs in many Walker Evans’ photos to Lee Friedlander’s 2019 book, Signs, for example.   The interplay of language and image can create a vivid sense of tension, irony, or poignance. The size and shapes of a font are visual aspects that can carry as much weight as any other aspect in the frame.

Praxis Gallery presents photographic art that includes written language as a fundamental aspect of the composition, including text in the form of signs or fragments of signs, handwriting scrawled over the photo, graffiti and palimpsests, just to name a few iterations of the theme. 

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 International Juried Photography Exhibition

THE BEAUTY IN MADNESS

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION:
Saturday, May 21ST 6-8PM

Exhibit Dates: May 21ST - 4TH, 2022
A Mental Health Awareness Month Exhibition

Juror: Praxis Directors

Madness (mental illness) is something that frightens and fascinates us all. It is a word with which we are universally familiar yet haunts the human imagination. Through centuries, in poetry, prose, drama, and the visual arts, “madness" has been on display for all to see. With devastating effect, mental illness can disturb our commonsense assumptions; create unbearable disruptions in the routine of daily living; and turn our experience and our expectations upside down. And yet, it is this upside-down world view that opens a universe of unique and inventive perspectives oblivious to those from free from disruptions of the mind. 
 

Praxis Gallery presents photographic artwork that explores ideas linked to mental health, be it conflict or humor, fiction or fact, or any other literal or ephemeral lens-based investigation. The artists's photographic art question the conventional assumptions about mental health or celebrates the unique perspective only visible to those who can see the "beauty in madness”.

© Susan Borowitz

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© Nicole Houff

Praxis Gallery | A Pride Month Exhibit

Fantastic and Made of Plastic

A Solo Exhibition by Nicole Houff
Artist Talk: 7PM Tuesday, June 7TH 2022
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, June 18TH 6-8PM
Exhibition Dates: June 18TH - July 2ND, 2022
Fantastic and Made of Plastic

Nicole is a Minneapolis photographer who lives in a plastic world inhabited by infamous residents. Her love for the “even less accurate than Barbie & Ken” realities that 50’s and 60’s entertainment portrays complements her stoic muse and her sense of humor. Additionally, Nicole's photographs have strong design and color elements, often referencing 50’s and 60’s aesthetics. With her introduction in 1959, Barbie & Ken are right at home.

Praxis Gallery presents an exhibit that portrays and parodies societal gender assumptions - playing with interpretations of conventional and absurd social tropes. Expressed through fantastic, plastic dolls, Nicole’s exhibit creates an interpretive playground that will both entertain and resonate with audiences from all gender perspectives. 

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© Philip Dutch Bagley

 International Juried Photography Exhibition

THE ABSTRACT IMAGE

Opening Night Reception: June 18th, 6-8PM CST
Exhibition Dates: June 18th - July 2nd, 2022

Juror | Ross Anderson

‘An abstract photograph draws away from that which is realistic or literal. It draws away from natural appearances and recognizable subjects in the actual world. Some people even say it departs from true meaning, existence, and reality itself. It stands apart from the concrete whole with its purpose instead depending on conceptual meaning and intrinsic form.' John Suler

 

Praxis Gallery presents photographic works that explore the world through an abstracted lens; utilizing elements of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and line to express meaning outside of traditional representational and documentary styles of photography. 

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© Gary Beeber

Praxis Gallery | Photo Arts Center Presents

Pictures from Sylvester Manor

A Solo Exhibition by Gary Beeber
Opening Night Reception: Saturday July 16th 6-8PM
Exhibition Dates: July 16th - 30th 2022
Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

When living in Sag Harbor, NY one of my great pleasures was taking the 10 minute ferry trip to Shelter Island (whose sleepy beauty starkly contrasts with the glitz and glamor of the Hamptons) and exploring/documenting Sylvester Manor. The island was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, but was officially established as a slave holding provisioning plantation in 1652 by Nathaniel Sylvester, a sugar merchant from Barbados, who purchased the entire island for 1600 pounds of sugar. Sylvester Manor has been in the Sylvester family for 11 generations. Descendants of Nathaniel Sylvester used slaves to work the plantation until early in the 19th century when slavery was abolished in the north.People relate to this series because of Sylvester Manor’s history and mystery. I was drawn to it for those same reasons, and of course it’s sad, dark haunting beauty.

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