That Shadow My Likeness: Photography by Glynnis Reed
January 12 - April 2, 2017
Free Opening Reception: Second Friday, January 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm
In the photo series, "That Shadow My Likeness," I present my subjects, Alexandria and Melissa, in harmony with and in contrast to the natural landscapes surrounding them. From dappled light to iconic palm trees, rivers and verdant terrain, the characteristics of the scenes underscore the meaning of the figures in each piece. Through diptychs, triptychs, groupings of five images and a selection of single images, I compose a non-linear narrative that forms constructs of black female beauty, femininity, and identity. In the juxtaposition of the images of these two women and their environments, I create a third space that suggests my own subjectivity as a black female artist, in between these constructs of identity and place. I borrowed the titles of the series and individual artworks from poems by Walt Whitman. I use these titles to emphasize the poeticism of the work and to suggest how my "likeness," my persona, is a key dimension of the form and content of the work. -- Glynnis Reed
A Dark Wood
January 19 - April 23, 2017
Free Opening Reception: Second Friday, February 10, 6:00 - 8:00pm
"Midway this life we're bound upon,
I woke to find myself in a dark wood,
Where the right road was wholly lost and gone"
- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
A Dark Wood explores the theme of being lost in the darkness of our fears, doubts and negativity. Dante Alighieri, the 14th century Italian poet, began The Divine Comedy with a character who has lost his way in "a dark wood." It is a metaphor not only for a crisis of faith, but a crisis of humanity. He has lost his spiritual compass, even how to be with and treat people. His character must survey the punishments of Dante's taxonomy of evil before he is able to find a way to even a dim light of hope. There are many aspects of the dark wood and the artists presented in this exhibition interpret the richness of the concept through a range of media and methods.
A Dark Wood was originally presented by Art House Gallery and Curious Matter in Jersey City, NJ
RAW 2017: Juried Photography Exhibition
January 23, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Free Opening Reception: Third Thursday, February 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm