FEATURE DATES - MAY - OCTOBER, 2022
Ten highly talented photographers are featured here for the 2022 issue of Portfolio Platform. Portfolio Platform provides the focus of a streamlined online presence providing the opportunity for photographers to showcase a portfolio of photographic work prominently. The portfolios are available for patrons of the gallery to go online and view, learn about the photographers and their work through the images and biographies and artist statments, and have the opportunity to purchase photographs.
PORTFOLIO PLATFORM 2022
Lisa Bang Hoffman, Lincoln, NE;
Seth Cook, Bloomington, IN;
Austin Cullen, Lincoln, NE;
Amy Evans, Greenville, SC;
Robert George, Saint Louis, MO;
Lucy Jackson, Nyack, NY;
Liz Long, Colorado Springs, CO;
Erica Tamburo, Pittsburgh, PA;
V. C. Torneden, Harrah, OK;
E. S. Yang, Arcadia, CA.
Lisa Bang Hoffman
Lisa has always been drawn to the uneffable, non-verbal world, and is coming to understand how her own relationship with others comes through in her work. The mood of Lisa's images is ambiguous and timeless, with subject matter drawn from her family rural environments and domestic scenes. As the children mature and pull into their own selves, the images depict the quietness left behind. The form of the work includes abstract photograms, gelatin-silver prints, and handmade books, linked by a shared aesthetic and tactile immediacy.
The context from which Lisa views family, personal history, and the notion of nostalgia is from that of the adopted child. Being adopted creates an existential mystery and detached independence that has stayed with her throughout her life, comfortable with the dark unknown. Lack of familial resemblance and living, in a sense, as the Other within her intimate world is normal. She is interested in the past, but feels untethered by it, living within her own history. Her work depicts moments of portent and allusions to something else or beyond. This reflects a life of living with wonder, while making peace with the unknown.
Lisa Bang Hoffman is a Minnestoa native, graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College. She moved to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska's Master of Fine Art program, graduating in 1995. Upon completing her Master's degree, she taught in an adjunct capacity at the University of Nebraska, Doane College, and Concordia University, instructing design, drawing, and darkroom photography. Traditional darkroom work, primarily gelatin silver prints and alternative processes, continues to be the focus of her personal work. Her body of work explores the essence of domestic life.
Prints in the portfolio are gelatin-silver prints, various sizes, $350 each.
When Seth and his brother were young, their mom would say she loved them, "bunches and bunches, as big as the sky." Upon inheriting her film camera, Seth began navigating a stream of consciousness around the places, people, and emotions he found himself surrounding following her death. Their family was trying to make sense of a central figure in their lives who was suddenly gone, and they all took separate avenues. Seth's brother had his own family to look after, and while their father began removing traces of her around the house, Seth found himself seeking out aspects of his mom's life through the camera she carried and the photos she took when she was close to his age. Upon exploring her image archive, he found subtle similarities in the pictures they took, which compelled him to pair a few into diptychs. Since this project originated, it has become a reflection of life after death and the lengths we go to immortalize those we have lost and honor their legacy. It is dedicated to the woman whose love for her family could only be described "as big as the sky."
Seth Cook is an artist from the Bayou Teche region of south-central Louisiana. He utilizes the swamp-scapes of his home as a point of departure for his studio practice, using analog photography, image transfer, painting, and drawing to reflect the realities of the coastal south. Cook holds a B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a M.F.A. in photography from Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2021, he was awarded 'Juror's Selection' from the New York Center for Photographic Art for his alternative process photography. In 2020, he was named one of Lenscratch's 'Top 25 to Watch.' Also, in 2020, he accepted a ten-month residency with Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH, where he worked and taught as their 'Scholar in Residence.' His work has been displayed nationally and internationally, including South Korea, Louisiana, New York, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts.
Images in the portfolio are diptychs and single images, medium format black and white negatives/scanned archive 35mm negatives, 20" X 20".
"A Natural History (Built to be Seen)"
"A Natural History (Built to be Seen)" is a series of observations of the western natural world, with an emphsis on the spectacular and absurd ways it's constructed and presented. As someone who grew up visiting natural history museums regularly, Austin has always been fascinated by the extravagant ways museums framed the American landscape. Dramatic dioramas, interactive virtual experiences, and miniaturized landscapes all act as windows into the natural world. While this framing acts as a guide for reading and understanding nature, the same frame can be analyzed to understand the complex and ever-changing relationship between people and land.
With this in mind, Austin wants to understand the ways that natural history museums and the American landscape affect one another. His photographs contrast and connect the interior spaces of museums with exterior spaces, like National Parks and scenic viewpoints. Cycling between these spaces blurs the lines between the two. Because of the similar ways nature is distorted and simplified for the viewer, what is artificial or natural, inside or outside, becomes indistinguishable. By relating the microcosm of natural history museums to the macrocosm of the larger American landscape, the cultural biases and at times absurd expectations of what is "natural" come to the forefront of the project.
Austin Cullen is a photographer and printmaker from Houston, Texas. He received his BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2019, and is currently in his final year of his graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to his own studies at UNL, Austin also works as a gallery assistant in the Eisentrager Howard Gallery, and as a Graduate Instructor of Record. He first became interested in photography in high school. The first images he made were shot on film and printed in the darkroom, and this quickly sparked his interest in the medium. Soon after, Austin decided to pursue photography as a career.
Austin's work has been included in over 30 venues including the Houston Center for Photography, Texas Women's University Gallery, the Curated Fridge, and here at the Midwest Center for Photography. He has also had his work exhibited in numerous online spaces like Urbanautica: Ethical Shifts in Photography (2021). Undisclosed Resources (2021), Phfroom Magazine and Float Magazines.
Images in the portfolio are Inkjet Prints, 18.5" X 24", 2021, $400 each.
We always see with memory - David Hockney
As an observer Amy has always been drawn to her native environment. Content to spend hours looking at light casting shoadows on the ground, patterns created in the trees, and glimpses of old houses tucked away just out of view — daydreaming. This observational awareness has been a constant throughout Amy's life and has had a direct imprint on her creative practice.
Amy is interested in creating works the capture a sense of memory through fading or fragmented imagery. These works are often inspired by loss, family history, personal insight or political tender. In her current work scans of tissues are carefully folded and dismantled, acting like a map of time with each section representing a passing moment. This self-contained universe of sorts with its latent pale colored image forges ann illusion between place and what lies unseen. Each delicate image creates an intimate view, and considers how all memories alter and fade over time.
Tissues are scanned on a flatbed scanner at a high resolution. Each one is folded, refolded or crumpled for each scan. The photographs are then layered on top of the scanned image. They are printed on 100% acid free archival rag paper.
Amy Evans, a photographer and mixed media artist formally from New Jersey and now residing in South Carolina. She has earned a BFA in photography from The Cooper Union, and a MA, in studio art from Kean University. Amy has received numerous grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for her own artwork, as well as grants for arts education. Her work has been shown in many museums including the Noyse Museum of Art, Trenton State Museum, Ellarslie Museum, Morris Museum, and Allentown Museum of Art. She has participated in numerous exhibition in galleries throughout the east and west coasts. Her work has been published in national magazines and journals and used by international publishing companies. Amy's work is included in corporate collections of Polaroid, AT&T, and BASF as well as international permanent and private collections.
Images in the portolio are Scanography and Digital Images printed on Archival Giclee, 11" X 14" mounted to 16" X 20", 2021-2022, $450 each.
a•non•y•mous captures the search for identity in America in the digital age. Robert's photographs document people engaged in mostly unposed rituals of daily life. It is not the namelessness of the subject or its obliqueness to the camera that is important. Our absorption in daily life runs parallel with larger challenges such as inequality separation, isolation, and alienation.
As unemployed knight clambers out of his rooming room, a fatigues carnival worker rests in the summer heat, a man sleeps in his car, a father and daughter ponder what to do next at the fair, a peaceful protester dodges the police to make his point. Robert seeks interesting and original views. Each of us pursues a separate and unique path but we share the modern American experience which is much more and more digital, benign, uncaring, dangerous and sometimes magical. For the record, this portfolio includes few images about devices, but more and more Robert finds faces lit up by the curious, alluring moonlight glow of the cyberworld. Almost everywhere.
This work is about no one in particular except for the souls Robert meets along the way. He carrys no compass or agenda. Robert works in the Midwest. He does not go looking for subjects. His images happen in the way casual street photographs happen but the scene and subject must challenge me to wonder. Robert hopes that sense of wonderment fills the frame.
All prints in the portfolio are archival pigment ink prints on 17" X 22" fine art paper, $900 each.
Photography allows Lucy to reconstruct, reimagine and retell experiences, furthering the imagined space of memory. Color moves her and hones her focus when capturing moments of connection with people and place. Lucy feels free, excited and curious when photographing and play is a big part of her practice. She is interested in how images reveal familial ties and history. Through archival images Lucy explores the passage of time, presence, absence and intergenerational connection. The practice gives her agency to carry forward and transform the meaning of the past.
Lucy Jackson is a junior at Harvard College where she studies Social Studies with secondaries in Art, Film and Visual Studies (AFVS) and Integrative Biology (IB). She is a recipient of the Artistic Development Fellowship, awarded by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, for her photography project on local community water use, resourse extraction and climate change. She works as a research partner with history professor Tiya Miles at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Lucy is a trip leader for Harvard's First-Year Outdoor Orientation Program, a Case Manager for Y2Y, Harvard's student-run Youth Homeless Shetler and a blues DJ on WHRB Cambridge. Her photographs have been featured in "The Harvard Advocate" and here at the Midwest Center for Photography.
Images in the portfolio are C-Prints and Inkjet Prints, 2019 - 2022.
Whatdoes self-love mean? It is not that we need to change any aspect of ourselves. Perhaps self-love means we simply exist in a constant state of discovering beauty amidst the imperfections.
This portfolio documents the beautiful imperfections of the female body. Each woman that participated in this project was interviewed prior and asked two important questions: "What part of your body makes you feel the most insecure?" and "What part of your body do you feel the most confident about?" The answers to these questions are portrayed in these photographs. The abstract nature of these pieces posits the idea that we may be able to experience more love for the skin we are in if we adjust our perspective, rather than our physical being. These photographs have had no retouching of the skin nor reshaping to the bodies.
Liz Long is an Occupational Therapist by trade with a focus on vision and neurological rehab. While helping patients regain their perception of the world around them, she began to focus these experiences into the world of fine art photography. Although she began her photography career working on portraiture and lifestyle photography, she has recently begun delving into still life and studio photography. She has her works in local galleries in Colorado Springs, here at the Midwest Center for Photography, and in Light Space & Time online art gallery.
Liz is inspired by capturing everyday elements with a fresh perspective and strives to tind the overlooked beauty amongst life's little details.
Images in the portfolio are Inkjet Prints, 16" X 20", 2022, $400 each.
Erica is a photographer who uses in camera multiple-exposure techniques. She has been on a journey to create a process that is unique and true to herself as an artist. Challenged by an early assertion that ''photography isn't art,' she was driven to experiment with her creative process. Her current process includes the creation of an alcohol ink painting or glass panel, then she creates an image using two to three exposures of the painting, a flower, and sometimes an additional element for color or texture. The result is a wonderfully surprising image, initially attracting the viewer with bright and inviting colors and then drawing them in for exploration of surprising details. In the end, she states that 'her process honors the human condition, our complexity as beings, as well as her desire to learn how to release her control to the creative process.'
Erica Tamburo is a multiple-exposure photographer whose flower portraits are as vibrant and complex as she is. A true multi-passionate, she is known as many things; photographer, engineer, artist, researcher, painter, farm girl, writer, leader, and mindfulness practitioner.
Images in the portfolio are Metal Prints, 16" X 24", 2018 - 2021, $450 each.
V. C. Torneden
Circus is a collection of behind the scenes photographs of one of the last remaining one ring family circuses in the United States. After being hired to capture promotional photographs for the circus in 2014, friendships developed between the photographer and circus members that would allow for an ongoing series of more intimate candid photographs and portraits.
V.C. Torneden's background includes education and work experience in painting, illustration, advertising design, and photography. Her formal training in the visual arts began in childhood and extended into study as a young adult at the University of New Orleans and Memphis College of Art. Since 1994 her photography has been shown in various group and solo exhibitions. From her earliest work in the medium, V.C. Torneden's photography frequently reflects her fascination with vanishing America. Her current projects include a collaborative street photography series and a landscape series based in the high plains region of Oklahoma.
Images in the portfolio are Inkjet Prints.
E. S. Yang
"Fragments" is a fine art autobiographical landscape series that explores self-identity, childhood, adulthood, memories, experiences, and existence as a means for catharsis. The images explore how E.S. sees self within the landscape, and how self intimately connects to the landscape.
E.S. explores memories of family, home, and place, and explores how these life events affect who she is today. The work unfolds by revealing both positive and negative, intimate and personal moments in her life, exploring that merger between space and place, and how environment has informed her of who she is today.
E.S. Yang is a fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, California. She explores the catharsis through her work, using identity and place as platforms to journey through the surreal and imagination.
Her explorations reveal moments, memories, and truths found in everyday places. Yang is passionate about communicating with others through storytelling. Through storytelling, intimate connections are formed.
Images in the portfolio are Diptych and Triptych Inkjet Artchival Prints, 8" X 10" images, 2020 - ongoing, $1,500 each.