Upstream People Gallery

13th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

This year’s “13th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition” does contain several rather expressive uses of photography and some are rather experimental. This is the intent of this show, that is, to show photography’s creative potential. Herein are some comments about those works that are most compelling in one way or another.

RHONDA CHASE of Portland, Oregon in her work “Distress” uses a double image which shows the movement of the head and hand. The hand over the face in the centralized facial view suggests the state of distress. And in basic light and dark, the expression becomes quite direct.

JIM COLLINS of Signal Mountain, Tennessee has quite a facility in the use of mixed media collage. In “American Sailor” he presents a luscious use of pattern and materials in combination with photographic imagery, staged within an elaborate framing. In a similar vein he presents a centralized photograph of “Pete and Shirley” with heart shapes on the bold frame to add to the sense of a love. The decorative large star shape atop the frame gives a special sense to the piece. Another important theme is represented in his work “Lizetta Postmortem” which is given a golden frame.

BRIAR CRAIG of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada creates with photographic screen prints on Poly-styrene. His work “Rift” is quite effective with the heading ‘ARTnews’ at the top in combination with the torn and twisted representation of a gallery announcement. And his piece “Schism” he uses sections of a face with holes and tears to present the idea quite effectively.

ALLISON DANDREA of Lady Lake, Florida creates with digital photography. All of her works are stunningly handsome, especially “Diamonds In the Sky” wherein she shows the beauty of the feminine with the softness of warm tones.

DREW HOFFMAN of Blacksburg, Virginia uses distortion via digital means. Quite effective is his blue monochromatic piece entitled “Unsettled”. One can make out a silhouette of a face in the upper quadrant which gives an emphasis to the message of this work.

JOSEPH L. KAGLE, JR., of Kingwood, Texas has a wonderful sense of humor together with a sense of creating quite visually strong works. His “Open Wide Series No. 4 - 2011” is dynamically presented as a group of teeth, gums and all. And in “Open Wide Series No. 5 - 2011” he adds his signature collage pieces together with open and closed mouths with lipsticks to create a greater visual impact. And in “Open Wide Series No. 6 - 2011” he takes the idea of open to a greater, more expansive dimension.

ELIZABETH KWANT of Manchester, United Kingdom has some rather sensitive works composed of acrylic and mixed media. One of the strong pieces is “Homeland” which shows the common dress and patterns of home. Her “Passage” shows the male figure emerging from the painted and highly decorative pattern. In the same mode of expression, her piece “An Unexplained Longing” shows a lot of feeling. And in “A New Life” she uses warm coloration with the black and white photograph of a mother and child which stands tall.

CONNIE LIVINGSTON-DUNN of Springville, Tennessee gives the show the fanciness of fractal patterning. Her piece “Postcard from Opryland” is rich with the variety of patterns all working together quite nicely in green hues. And “Spiral Pyramid - Teo” is quite strong using an original photograph in the background with the fractals added, then painted digitally.

DANIEL LONG of Storrs, Connecticut has some thought-provoking photography especially seen in “Biological Clock (Version 2)" wherein the use of contrast enhances the dynamics of the work. The strength of the wrench gripping the delicate tiny blue egg is impressive indeed, simply put.

LORA MERCADO of Schererville, Indiana has a varied repertoire of imagery. One of the strongest is “Vibe of Chicago” which shows the photograph of real imagery together with the illusion of the painted imagery.

ANDREW NANCE of San Marcos, Texas creates impressive pieces in photo-montage. “Tempietto” shows the curvilinear building structure with rectilinear walls of buildings radiating outward. This combination works quite well.

DAN OLVERA of Schaumberg, Illinois captures some rich patterns via photography. His work “Lost World” is rather curious in that the darkened central shape seems to be in a deeper space removed from the foreground. His richly colored “Red Tape” is striking in his depiction of the natural imagery of trees. Here he also uses a central area that seems to be on a different, deeper plane.

PAULA PALMER of Gurnee, Illinois has several handsome works with various sections juxtaposed, vertically presented. One of the many works that is successful is “Photoscape 009” because of the sense of wet and dry, together with the range of patterns. “Photoscape 013” is quite handsome in its simplicity and suggestion of space.

JIM PEARSON of Lawrenceville, Illinois has a well developed sense of abstraction. His reflection series are engaging showing the variety of the elements. Perhaps one of the most sophisticated pieces is “Reflection Fragment YV” in the sense of the simplicity and rhythm of change from left to right.

RANGANADHAN VOONA of Rolla, Missouri captures a moving figure on a bike in the air in his work “Nature, Performer and Spectator”. The color manipulation tends to brighten up the situation.

PHILLIP A. WINDELL (aka paw fotograf) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has a signature style using overlay and reflections as seen in his work “Windows and Mirrors”. The overall yellow-green with red accented parts arranged in three horizontal areas is one of the richest works in the show.

To conclude, the gallery is proud to show that photography can indeed be used creatively beyond documentation. This showcase presents the many ways artists create with the different photographic processes. Congratulations to all the selected artists in this year’s show!


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art