114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534 518-697-0266 Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment
Street Photography and the Urban Scene
Amy Shapiro & David Curtis
June 25 to July 24, 2016
Reception: Saturday, June 25, 5-7pm
also: Gallery Stroll Belo3rd
Ellen Feldman, Urban Zips
Big Foot by Ellen Feldman
Zelda Zinn, NY Revelations
NY Revelation 0297D1 by Zelda Zinn
theme: Street Photography & the Urban Scene: What’s New?
Amy Shapiro, Welcome to New York 1985 – 2005
Amy Shapiro-1984 Alphabet City
David Curtis, Auto-Reflections
Auto-Reflection 5 by David Curtis
About the Artists
Ellen Feldman, Urban Zips (more images)
“Urban Zips” combines Ellen Feldman’s interest in abstract expressionist painting with her longstanding work in street photography. It is Barnett Newman’s work that inspired this project. He created “zips”: paintings in which a field of one color is bisected by one or more thin bands—or zips—of another color. In this series Feldman creates her own zips: one or more “slices” from her street photographs bisect a field of color (pavement, wall, or other urban surface). As the series has progressed, she has relaxed the grip of Newman’s modernism and refocused my attention on the grit of city life.
Ellen Feldman’s fine art photography reflects her background in film studies—in the primacy of physical gesture and frozen motion, of movement cut by the frame, and of bold color.
Her photographs have appeared in recent solo exhibits at the French Cultural Center, Boston, MA, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (satellite galleries), and the Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY and were featured in Women 360, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA. She has published a popular photo/comic book of a dancer incorporated into a Fantastic Four comic: The Dancer as the Invisible Girl, and two books of street photography.
Feldman is Photography Editor of the Women’s Review of Books, published by Wellesley College. She holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Zelda Zinn, NY Revelations (more images)
New York Revelation 0251 by Zelda Zinn
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” HD Thoreau
Zelda Zinn’s New York Revelations is an exploration of the intersection of space and time in the urban environment. In the fall of 2014, Zinn moved from Los Angeles to New York. She found the city messy and unpredictable as she became part of the crowd, navigating New York on public transport and on foot. As she struggled to learn her way around and adapt to the close proximity and exposure she felt, she photographed strangers on subway platforms and street corners, spaces very different from her former home.
In the quiet of her apartment, Zinn closely examined what she had shot. Enlarging her images to the pixel level, she began to paint over portions of a photograph in digital white – concealing some elements – highlighting or revealing others. These altered images, New York Revelations, offer the viewer insight into her process of untangling the clutter and chaos in her adopted city. In this way, Zinn also invites the viewer to engage with the empty spaces and examine the skeletal remains.
Bio: Zelda Zinn, now of Brooklyn, via the west coast and Texas, views photography as one of many tools available to artists, and likes to get her hands dirty with other media such as printing, painting, and making sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions of her photography include: WorkSpace Gallery, Lincoln NE; Soo VAC, Milwaukee WI and Art-Merge, Los Angeles CA. Group shows include Shoestring Press, Brooklyn NY; Walker Fine Art, Denver CO; and Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City NY.
She has been featured in online and print media publications including: Ain’t Bad Magazine, Plates-to-Pixels and Lenscratch. Zinn holds an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico and also credits artist’s residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center with having a profound impact on her art making.
Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by Amy Shapiro and David Curtis
Amy Shapiro, Welcome to New York 1985-2005 (more images)
1994 Don Quijote by Amy Shapiro
Amy Shapiro has created works of art outside the mainstream for thirty years. In this newly released series, Shapiro documents performance art, interactive art installations and street culture in the Lower East Side, East Village, Williamsburg and Meat Packing District in New York City during the controversial process of gentrification. In retrospect the series of photographs defines a particular chapter in the story of an ever-changing city. The project portrays the spirit, the artists, the neighborhoods and the unique time period in which they worked.
Shapiro is a Head On Photo Festival 2016 Finalist. She has received art honorarium grants from the Burning Man organization in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. She has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is co-owner of Luxlab.
David Curtis, Auto-Reflections (more images)
Auto-Reflection 10 by David Curtis
In David Curtis’s Auto-Reflections, automobile reflections separate, distort, yet combine distinct structures from the organized chaos of New York City. A car’s surfaces become sectional canvases; alternate, converging universes bizarrely grounded in the same reality. Depending on light, curvature, opacity, and texture of a car’s glass and metal, the reflections distort the external world along with the car’s interior, merging them into a diaphanous, illusory universe.
David Curtis, Poughkeepsie NY, originally from the UK, wrote, produced, and directed science, technology, and health programming for Public Television at WNET/Channel Thirteen. Later, at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he directed video and multimedia communications. Since returning to New York he has developed a body of work consisting of street portraits, urban narratives, and cityscapes. A number of his images have been exhibited both nationally and regionally. His photobook, In the Moment: City Spaces, City Spaces, was exhibited at Davis Orton Gallery’s 6th annual photobook exhibition.