Exhibit | Empty Places : Abandoned Spaces

Empty Places : Abandoned Spaces | Exhibition Dates: February 23rd - March 17th, 2018. Praxis Gallery presents an international collection of photographic art that explores the visual and social significance of abandoned space - where derelict factories, churches, private houses or other empty places serve as the basis for creative investigation. Praxis Gallery would like to thank all of the artists who submitted images for this call and those who participated in the exhibit.

The idea of place and space are broad terms within the practical and conceptual dimensions of art practice and study. Artists and scholars have labored to define the tangible and abstract dimensions of these concepts. Theories of place and space are thus viewed through numerous lenses; for example, Gestalt Theory explores the practical and formal elements of the organization of objects in space; French psychoanalyst Jaque Lacan considered psycho-social dimensions of place and space; and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space contemplates the whimsical, melancholy and anthological aspects of place and space. Focusing on the sentimental qualities of place, Patricia Highsmith captures the imaginative power of abandoned space in her short story, Black House, where a derelict house on the outskirts of a small town becomes a spectral focal point for the villagers’ nostalgia and anxiety.

Our current exhibit focuses on the narrative functions of empty places and abandoned spaces. The submissions of Andrew Feiler and Cecilia Colussi demonstrate how empty places reveal their narrative and clarify their significance through absence of the person or thing they were designed to accommodate. A part of the gratification of viewing the image of an empty place is resolving the utility of the place - dislocated from the subject or object that routinely occupies it. At last, empty places can function as a meditation on the intermittency of the subjects they serve.

While the empty place may be only temporarily divorced of its object (person, or thing), the abandoned space is ruptured, dislocated in time and removed from its former utility. Abandoned space becomes a focus of archeological interest - demanding study to retrieve it histories from the decay of time. Some abandoned spaces become so obscured through dilapidation that they veer into abstraction, exemplified by the submissions of artists Lizzy Mayer and Christopher Brown. Others reveal their histories through careful observation of deteriorating evidence, conjecture and imagination - including photographs submitted by David Christiansen and Andrea Sparrow.

​We’d like to thank the following artists who received awards for their submissions: Czuko Williams (Spain) received the Juror’s Choice Award; Thomas Ladd (USA) received an Honorable Mention; Lorenzo Lumeras (Spain) received an Honorable Mention and Tim Goodman (USA) received the Directors Choice Award.

Here is a complete list of the selected artists for the Empty Places : Abandoned Spaces exhibit: Robert Van Rijn (Netherlands), Alexander Dumarey (Belgium), Czuko Williams (Spain), Josephine Coy (UK), Francis Meslet (France), David Christensen (Zimbabwe), Cecilia Colussi (UK), Lorenzo Lumeras (Spain), Jesus Mayor (Netherlands), Matt Portch (Australia), Andrea Sparrow (USA), John Stritzinger (Usa), V.G. (USA), Rebecca Ewart (USA), Christopher Paul (USA), Eric Renard (USA), Don Jacobson(USA), Thomas Ladd (USA), Tim Goodman (USA), Thomas Hocker (USA), Osceola Refetoff (USA), Andrew Feiler (USA), Nicholas Fedak Ii (USA), Lizzy Mayer (USA), Elizabeth Sanjuan (USA), Chris Peters (USA), Michael Marlitt (USA), Paul Malinowski (USA), Larry French (USA),

Mark Hannah(USA).

See the entire collection of images below or click here to return to the gallery page: https://www.praxisgallery.com/exhibits

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