Our brains are geared to process a multitude of images. Fast! As a result visual analysis happens quickly also. Thank dog for that, at least for the photo curator’s sake.
Again this year Davis Orton Gallery gave me the opportunity to jury their annual exhibition. They handed off a large quantity of submissions in response to their call for entry. The experience of responding to these photographs was pleasurable, filled me with curiosity and gave me the opportunity to communicate in what seems my native language; the photographic image. What also has been gratifying is discovering the authorship of anonymous submissions. I could never have guessed the origin.
While Karen and Mark did not ask for a theme, in looking at the final assembly some common elements come to the surface. Was it my context on the days I juried the show that directed the outcome? Was it that submitters were influenced by days’ events at hand? All are possibilities.
This year’s ensemble has definite emotional overtones. It has experiential rhythm and gesture. It is performance at root. Congratulations to each exhibiting artist for your solo moments and in your collaboration as a whole. You are all sure to delight the audience.
My sincere thank you goes to Karen Davis and Mark Orton for their trust and vision. My gratitude extends as well to all artists who submitted to this year’s call. Experiencing your photographs always shapes my humanity, hones my perception and connects me to you and the world we share.