114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534  518-697-0266   Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment

October 10 to November 9,  2014

Artists’ Reception, Saturday October 11, 6-8pm

Farms, Farmers, Rural Life

Two Solo Exhibitions

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

Portfolio Showcase:
Dana Matthews and Kay Westhues

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Nancy and Toulouse by Craig Barber
Nancy and Toulouse, pigment print from wet plate collodian plate (tintype) by Craig Barber

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

untitled (gold) by steve andersonUntitled (golden), pigment print by Steve Anderson

Portfolio Showcase
Farmers, Farms, Rural Life
The Land, Working the Land, Life in Rural Areas

Dana Matthews, One Farm, One Decade

dana matthews-richard,asa and sybillaDana Matthews – Richard, Asa and Sybilla

Kay Westhues, Rural Culture

Kay Westhues, Bob Edgell, Edgell’s Shoe Shop Knox IN Kay Westhues, Bob Edgell, Edgell’s Shoe Shop Knox IN 

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Craig Barber - Eric on Plow w-Horses

Craig J. Barber (Woodstock NY) travels worldwide using antiquarian photographic processes to focus on the cultural landscape. Working the Land, his current project, is a series of tintype portraits from the Catskill region of New York where the agrarian culture is in rapid transition. Barber’s work recognizes and acknowledges individuals; be they hunters, farmers, woodmen, gardeners or foragers; who still have a close relationship to the land and all it offers. He has chosen to work with the (wet collodion) tintype process for its timeless quality and its resonance with an era when our society was more consciously connected to the land. (above: Eric on Plow with Horse by Craig J. Barber)

Bio: Craig J. Barber’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. It is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House, Rochester NY; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, AR and many others. His book, “Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited” was published by Umbrage Editions in 2006. Barber conducts classes and workshops in the use of antiquarian processes internationally including the International Center for Photography in New York; the Center for Photography in Woodstock NY and Charles University in Prague CZ.

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

steve anderson, untitled 4 The photographs in Steve Anderson’s series, “Surruralism”, have been taken over a period of ten years and touch upon cycles of life: birth, death, joy, sorrow. They center around life and work on the small family farm in northern Illinois. Anderson’s mysterious imagery reveals the influence of Surrealism and other European art movements prior World War I such as pittura metafisica. Sometimes vaguely threatening, his landscapes, dream-like scenes and mysterious light suggest hidden worlds. All his photographs are created in his camera. He eschews computer manipulation of any sort. (above: Untitled 4 by Steve Anderson)

Bio: A graduate of Oregon State University, Stephen Anderson lived in the Northwest for over thirty years before returning to the family farm where he was born and raised in rural DeKalb County, IL. He has exhibited photographs from Surruralism in both Portland OR and DeKalb, IL. His farm, in his family for almost eighty years, produced soybeans, hay and oats. For the past fourteen years, it has been leased to an organic farmer. Most recently, Anderson has turned his attention to more documentary-style work related to  days in the life of an organic farmer.

 Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring portfolios by Dana Matthews and Kay Westhues

Dana Matthews, One Farm, One Decade

Dana Mathews-sorting potatoes

One Farm, One Decade is a collaboration and book project by Photographer Dana Matthews (Germantown NY) and writer Richard Giles. Farm Work centers on Matthew’s portraits of life and labor on Gile’s Lucky Dog Farm in Delaware County. Three hours out of New York City, in the watershed from which the city drinks with deep rich soils along the rivers, the county is one of the poorest in the state. Hundreds of farms were abandoned there in the 1980’s, but there is a revived interest in small-scale food production spawned by an influx of a new generation of farmers. Many are implementing new ideas and methods of organic and sustainable practices, while walking the tightrope of -mic survival. For over ten years, Lucky Dog Farm has grown “good honest food” for regional farm markets and for the ever hungry populace of New York City. In the process it has become a home to a growing family of dedicated labor with their own growing families, and the bearer of growing debts. (above: Sorting Potatoes by Dana Matthews)

Bio: Photographer Dana Matthews uses traditional and alternative processes for printing her images including wet-plate collodion, cyanotypes and gelatin silver. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and she is represented in domestic and international collections. Recent exhibitions include: Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Leeuwarden Holland at the Fries Museum; a solo show of seascapes at Urban Zen in Los Angeles, CA;  a solo show, The Cruel Radiance of What Is, at chashama gallery in Chelsea, NYC; and a photographic installation and “still life” photographs in Freak Antique at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. “One Farm; One Decade” was recently published in Burn Magazine. Photographs from her Bordello series were recently published in Nude Art Today by Editions Patou. She received a BFA from the University of Alabama and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Kay Westhues, Rural Culture

Kay Westhues, Walkerton Sunset

Rural Culture is photographer Kay Westhues’ five-year project centering on Midwestern rural areas. The work was inspired by the artist’s memories of growing up on a farm in Walkerton IN, where she observed, first hand, the shifts in cultural identity that have occurred through changing economic conditions. Here Weshues show the effects of the demise of local economies that historically sustained rural communities. Many of her images contain the remains of an earlier time when locally owned stores and family farms were the norm. Today chain stores and agribusiness are prevalent in rural communities. These communities are struggling to thrive in the global economy and her images reflect that reality. (above: Kay Westhues, Walkerton Sunrise)

Bio: Kay Westhues’ work is in the collections of the Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame IN and the City of Bloomington IN. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sense of Place: Rural Narratives, South Shore Arts, Munter IN; Well Stories, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; Fourteen Places to Eat: A Narrative, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame IN. She is a recipient of the Puffin Foundation West Project Grant, the Helen V. Surovek Memorial Award, South Shore Arts, Muster IN and Grants from arts commissions for the state of Indiana. Her work has been featured in Strant Magazine, The American Guide, No Caption Needed and New York Times. She has delivered visiting artist lectures at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY.