Upstream People Gallery

7th Annual Photographic Process Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The "7th Annual Photographic Processes International Juried Online Art Exhibition" provides an array of processes in photography from pure darkroom works to highly manipulated digital pieces.

This juror is impressed by those artworks that are not only good photographs but also have a conceptual impact.

Monya Berg Brown presents a richly colorful message in her piece “Family Occasions” in which various pictures are collaged around a central vantage point. The groupings and smiles enhance the appeal. In her other work entitled “Tarrytown Sweets” the intensity of the place is developed in a bright overall, complementary red and green schema with accents of a smiling face and red and yellow balloons.

Mei Mei Chan in “Follow River”, a hand-colored black and white print in its somewhat squared format, uses an admixture giving a depth of expression of wet and dry media.

Joan Lebold Cohen in her panoramic work “L Pod” creates an orchestration of leaves and pods in tints and shades of green in a dance-like curvilinear melody. Her work “Umbrella Game” seems mysteriously composed. It is quite interesting to see the organic subject and the digital process come together.

Michael Fleischhacker, in his black and white photograph “Jaffa II” shows a dark and rounded overhang with a passage underneath leading toward the light.

Faith Gabel with her digital manipulation provides movement with a non-moving backdrop of imagery in “Flamingo in the Square”. The overall soft sfumato effects of subtle twists and turns gives a smooth rhythm.

Steve Gildea uses the motif of bright red peppers played against a central, duller green bowl of red-orange tomatoes in his work “Peppers I”, a computer-generated piece which exemplifies a developed talent in this process.

Murphy Kuhn in his work “Persistent” is striking in the use of a bright red and yellow-green plant form growing out of a rough rock formation. This speaks of shining through whatever the odds.

Tom Lightfoot captures some very interesting and diverse textural works. In his “Sphere”, a xerox print, the rounded collection or organic hay-like pieces is almost a haven, like a nest amidst the more loose environment.

Dr. Peter Mak in “Homework” digitally enhances a picture of a young girl doing homework by using quite intense, glowing coloration. The rectilinear framing enclosing the figure provides a focusing on the subject. Another strong work is his “Underwear & Things” showing a collection of stacked objects of various materials and a clothesline simply moving across the top in a rather nonchalant legato rhythm.

Mickie McCormick uses photo transfer and dye on silk. In “Helen” a repeated image showing a finger over the mouth, almost to hold a secret, is softly embellished with subtle greens with one figure gently surrounded with a band of violet. This piece suggests wonder and mystery.

Natalie McGuire has captured an excellent cloud formation which is quite Ominous in its orange to blue-gray color. The near-symmetrical trees in the foreground intensifies the drama in referencing the closeness the mysterious clouds are to the ground.

Karmina McMillan uses high contrast, rather polarized black and white. “Stop - Warning” is quite strong in her use of hands coming forward as if to block and the loops of red on both sides adds strength to the message.

Tomoko Mukai, on the other hand, creates a very calming arrangement in her “Opticks” works. One of the strongest pieces is “Opticks 514”, a soft yet rich play of light patterns that sparkle in a rounded movement.

Mark Planisek hand-paints a photo collage in “Blue Man from Outer Space”, a coloration which plays with the idea of out of this world. All of his work in the show is richly graphic.

Chris Purdy uses a kind of experimental photographic technique to create his current works. In “Fall” the leaves seem almost like they are watercolored. This experimentation is proving quite worthwhile.

Chuck Scalin, in his chromogenic prints “Urban Landscape: Brown”, “Urban Landscape: Gray and Orange" and “Urban Landscape” Red” are quite abstract, somewhat like surfaces found in the city perhaps, with the one in brown as the most unusual. Professor Scalin has a great eye for texture and color and metaphor.

Patric Shurden digitally orchestrates an outstanding work in which the color is tremendously exciting. This juror finds his work “Las Paredes Tienen Oidos” as truly awesome and terrific!

Morgan Thomas uses photographic and projected images digitally produced to present a work that is engaging in the use of a woman with an apple and a man with a branch-like form. The central light also adds to this contemporary statement about Adam and Eve.

Vaughn Wascovich snaps the action in “Qua Paw Pow Wow”, a dancing Native American” in bright colors. The overall S arrangement promotes the excitement.

Although there are fewer participating artists in this year’s show, each has stepped up to make this show rich with exceptional talent. Congratulations!


Larry Bradshaw
Professor of Art, Curator of Upstream People Gallery