Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
This show originated with the idea of capturing a collection of faces that complimented standard portraiture. Portraiture is common in accompanying someone's article in newspapers and magazines, school yearbooks, passports, including commissioned works for family and institutions. A show of this kind enhances the idea of faces beyond the purpose purely for identity to include the artists' imaginative abilities and sensibilities in capturing character.
Herein are featured 62 artists who have in some way stepped into the realm of fantasy on the one end and representationalism on the other. Several works are quite arresting. Some are strong in terms of style, some in terms of humor and others in terms of originality.
LeeAnn Alexander's work "The Mask" displays the use of software to manipulate and "mask" personal identity in a Cubistic-like deconstruction. In somewhat the same vein, Kyle Baker's "Fear" is enriched by the textural application and hand and facial expression. His "Splash of Colour" is fun with the smug fish faces and the snarled faces of two women and a man.
Frances Baskerville uses collage which imparts an attached quality with an image of a young person in a "Letting Go" stance. This piece is interesting in terms of this "stay and go" contrast. The photographs of David Bernstein covers two extremes of human experience in "Dejection" and "Hope".
Sylvain Chamberlain's large scale acrylic painting "Arturo", with the face in full frame, gives a magnificent painterly expression. "Are You Ready?" by Winston Chmielinski, and all his work in this show, show coloration in nuance and boldness in such a brilliant and skillful manner. And Niki Clark captures human emotion in "Daphne" and "No. 7, from the Ricki Series"
Rupa Chordia's work is quite sensitive in the use of soft color and tenderness with subject, especially in "Maa". Janetmarie Colby is cited for her rich line quality giving a lot of energy in "Orange Hat" while the facial expression seems calm and content. Debra Di Blasi shows a creative spirit in all her works using digital techniques.
Eric Drotch hits a spark in his work "Face-Off" which is quite compelling and intense. It's good to include the carved alabaster "Reflection of an Iroquis Indian Warrior" giving an expression of strength through the use of the material and honor to the Native American Indian. All of the works by Judith Feinman are unusual in our American culture and the photographs are well composed. Another three-dimensional clay piece by Stephanie Lowe entitled "At Play" is on the more humorous side.
Carolyn Frances work "Renaissance Dowager" receives an Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement capturing a flavor of the Remaissance period as well as the rich interplay of materials. The eyes give an added impact.
Paul Grech deserves a Director's Recognition award for "Beethoven's 5th" and a Special Recognition for "The Green Room". Juxtapositioning a number of images in the form of a face is truly remarkable.
The digital and photographic works by David Grover are specially recognized because of the range achieved, especially in "Crying Man" and "In Prison" both of which bring heartfelt drama to the human stage. It's also interesting to see "Jennifer Hines" using technology by developing images from scanning the face, giving a kind of message about pressure to her work, especially in "Face 2"
Julie Rodriguez Jones is prolific with her digital work. "Ugandan Woman in Traditional Dress" is masterful. And Richard Helmick has presented "TV Sandie" which gives another prime example of his work in the digital arena. B J Lacasse's work "Metamorphosis" is wonderful in his manipulation of two images into one.
"Kalash Complicity" by Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld also incorporates an interplay of overlapping images. It's interesting to see the flexibility of expression in the works of Jeff Mann in "Barker" and "Celt". Laila Mazer from Austria captures a friendly expression in "The Reach" which seems to call out to others.
Mentranced has given several expressionistic portrayals of faces, especially in "Spot Light" and "That Girl". Dennis Moran gives a message of age in "Grandma" and "Street Urchins" in excellent photography. June Newburg's handling of "John Cloud" and "John Cloud - Mahkato Wacipi" gives honor to the Native American in descriptive dress.
"A Time to Scatter Seeds" by Shannon Richardson, is a strong message as well as her other works "Hunter in the Moonlight" and "The Reflection". Graphic presentations by Paul Richmond especially in "Forbidden Forest" and "Looking for Something" spark an intrigue about life. "Dancers at Dusk" is a beautiful play of dark and light and mystery at the turning of the day to night.
Roslyn Rose exposes several views in gridwork encompassing a great dimension of character study especially in "Thought Provoking". Mayda Rumberg's color photographs document aspects of New York life. "Henry's Head" is very nice. "Child", "Gaviao", "Kayapo", "Matis" and "Pataxo", all by Lourdes Saboia, are outstanding in portraying another culture with amazing character. Nicky Schleider continues her unique oil paintings with "Alone in a Crowd" calling to mind our unique individuality.
Tracey St. Peter gives a magnificent body of work. Her very contemporary approach with the enduring Mother and Child theme is quite important and deserving of an Award of Excellence. Her other two works "Robin II Spring" and "Cherry Blossom" are also facinating in terms of linear passages and spatial dimension.
Maki Teshima gives us a taste of Japan with her work "Omoide "Memory in Japanese" which is also a testament to the quality of expression found in the digital arts. Continuing with the photographic mode, "Face to Face" captured by Gayle Varre, gives credence to the universal appeal of human emotion expressed though two faces looking at one another.
There's such a rich quality in the mixed media work of Diane Hardy Waller. "Something is UP!" gives the viewer a sense of wonder. Kenna Westerman's piece "Flora" represents a very gentle character to the show. And Shelley Whiting's "Love of Humanity" is somewhat reassuring with the love theme, deserving a Director's Recognition.
The ceramic work of Karen Wilson is recognized especially in her horizontal piece entitled "Spirit of The Water Buffalo". Yelena Yahontova shows a lot of character in her color photographs. And Igor Zusev's work on metallic surface paper digs into the depth of character as seen in "Desperation".
Each artist in this showcase has something important to say. It has been my pleasure to gather these works together so as to bear witness to the wide range of expression found in various faces. Isn't it wonderful!
Professor of Art, Curator of Upstream People Gallery