One of a Kind II, second annual holiday group exhibition of unique photo based artworks found exclusively at Obscura


EXHIBITION EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 14, 2023

Obscura Gallery announces our second annual Winter Holiday exhibition, One-of-a-Kind II, a group show of unique photo-based artworks found exclusively at our gallery. The exhibition consists of six contemporary artists producing one-of-a-kind artworks through various photo-based processes. This year’s exhibit features William Albert Allard (U.S), Angie Brockey (U.S), Coco Fronsac (France), Lori Henson (U.S and Mexico), Erin McGean (Canada), and Robert Stivers (U.S). The exhibition reception takes place on Friday, November 25, from 5-7pm.

In the 21st Century we are most familiar with photography as a medium enabling multiple prints of the same image. Yet many of the photographic processes that were used in the 19th and 20th Century yielded one-of-a-kind prints. In some cases, the processes made a singular print for each exposure; in other cases, the treatment of prints during production led to singular images. Included in this exhibition are 1980’s vintage Polaroid positive prints, contemporary tintypes, early 20th Century gelatin silver prints with contemporary mixed media, photo collage, encaustic, and hand-applied surface texture to gelatin silver prints.

VIEW THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

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installation image of One of a Kind II

Rashod Taylor : My America, a solo exhibition addressing themes of family culture legacy and the black experience

Obscura Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition by fine art portrait photographer Rashod Taylor, which includes his two poignant and sensitive projects, Little Black Boy and My America. Through the use of wet-darkroom printing methods including the 19th Century wet-plate collodion process as well as the enlarging process on gelatin silver paper, the artist uses portraiture to express themes of family, culture, legacy, and the black experience.

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST:

Friday, September 23, 2022
4pm – Gallery walk-thru with the artist
5-7pm – Reception with the artist
Please join us in welcoming Rashod Taylor to Santa Fe for the first time and let’s celebrate his solo exhibition!

The exhibition is on view September 23 through November 20, 2022.


ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST:


Online Zoom interview with Rashod Taylor – learn more about the work in his solo exhibition, My America.

VIEW THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

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Obscura Gallery is excited to present a community book signing event for Taos, New Mexico artist Jonathan Blaustein with his photographic book, Extinction Party (Yoffy Press). This photographic book explores humanity’s over-consumption and its impact on the planet. In an unprecedented time of the Covid-19 pandemic, Extinction Party was (coincidentally and appropriately) released in March 2020 and named one of BuzzFeed News’ best books of 2020. Obscura Gallery held an intimate exhibition during the 2020 book launch, however we are excited to re-present this book again to the public, in post-pandemic times, to give it the honor it deserves. With the photo essay – the images and titles – and the forward essay by Kevin Kwan, as well as the metaphorical story in between, the book could not be a more timely commentary on the current state of our Earth and humanity.

**We invite those who did not have a chance to get their book signed during the pandemic to please bring it to the event to have the artist sign their copy. Books will be available for purchase and signing as well. In addition we will host a raffle offering up a signed copy of the book and special give-aways.

Obscura Gallery is thrilled to debut the unique photo-based portraiture by Mexican artist Lou Peralta in her solo summer exhibition: Deconstructed Portraits. From the fourth generation in a family of studio portrait photographers, Peralta pushes the boundaries and defines new meanings in contemporary portraiture. Peralta’s work deconstructs traditional notions of portraiture to carry viewers deeper into not only the personas of her subjects, but also the broader culture of Mexico. She deepens her photography by combining her portraiture with cultural physical objects referencing pre-Hispanic influences on contemporary culture.

ARTIST RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST:
Friday, July 8, 5-7pm
Please join us in welcoming Lou Peralta to Santa Fe for the first time and let’s celebrate her solo exhibition!

ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST:
Click below for an online interview with Lou Peralta – learn more about the work in her solo exhibition, Deconstructed Portraits. Click below to watch.

 

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VIEW THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

 

Joan Myers : Devil's Highwawy, Book signing and Reception with the artist, friday, june 24, 5-7pm. Exhibition is on view through july 30, 2022.

Obscura Gallery presents a book signing and intimate exhibition of works from Joan Myers new publication, The Devil’s Highway (published by Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas Press). In this haunting new collection of photographs, gallery artist Joan Myers continues the decades-long journey she began in Where the Buffalo Roamed (with Lucy Lippard, Damiani 2019), in which she documents the changing landscape and culture of the American West. The images in this new collection are more personal, more elegiac––and all black-and-white. They bear witness to the fracturing of the American Dream, the demise of cowboy culture, the shrinking of small towns, ranches, and farms throughout western rural America. The themes she examines are reflected in a powerfully evocative short story by Pulitzer finalist William de Buys, also titled “The Devil’s Highway.” First published in 1992 in Story magazine, the de Buys story is reproduced in Myers’ book for the first time.

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VIEW THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

 

 

The Photography Show presented by Aipad May 20-22

Center415
5th Avenue
New York, NY

As a proud member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), we couldn’t be more excited to be back in bustling New York City this week celebrating photography after a long pandemic break. Now in its 41st edition, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD is the longest running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium. In addition to the AIPAD Fair, the city is buzzing with other exciting art events including Frieze New York, VOLTA, I-54, and the ICP Photobook Fest in partnership with AIPAD.

In our AIPAD Booth #107 located on the ground floor at Center415, we are showcasing a selection of eight Obscura Gallery artists who represent a wide span in their individual careers, yet all have in common their unique contributions to the history of the medium. We hope you’ll stop by and visit our booth in which three of our artists will be available throughout the fair to chat with to you about their work: Susan Burnstine, Rania Matar, and Rashod Taylor.

Angie Brockey
Susan Burnstine
Paul Caponigro
Coco Fronsac
Colin Jones
Michael Massaia
Rania Matar
Rashod Taylor

We will also have a selection of fine 20th Century photography available including André Kertész, Edward Weston, Gertrude Käsebier, Imogen Cunningham, Gordon Parks, and many more!

VIEW THE WORKS IN OUR BOOTH ON ARTSY HERE.

 

Please inquire here for more information.

Obscura Gallery presents a book signing with Rebecca A. Senf, Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, for her recent book Making a Photographer, The Early Work of Ansel Adams (Yale University Press). In conjunction with the book signing, there will be an exhibition of select works by Ansel Adams in our viewing room, to which Rebecca will refer to during her discussion of the book.

 

Ansel Adams, Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1935, 7 3/4 x 9 7/8”, gelatin silver print. Ansel Adams, Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1935, 7 3/4 x 9 7/8”, gelatin silver print.

 

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE.

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VIEW THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

 

Nevada wier invisible world gallery talk with nevada february 25, 5:30-6:30, closing artist reception, march 25, 5-7pm. exhibition on view through march 25, 2022.

Obscura Gallery is thrilled to announce our first exhibition of 2022, “Invisible World,” by Obscura Gallery artist Nevada Wier. Using her own unique palette created from infrared photography, Nevada presents photographs from her global travels through the lens of her camera converted to only render infrared light. While based in Santa Fe, Nevada typically spends nearly 99% of the year traveling the world on assignment and leading workshops, specializing in documenting the various cultures of the world. She is recognized for her creative and intimate approach to photographing people. Grounded due to the global spread of COVID-19, Wier has remained at home during the pandemic probably more than ever in her working life. But she has used the occasion to dive into her years-long archive of inspiring infrared photographs, which form this exhibition. We are excited to present a selection of over twenty images at Obscura, making the invisible visible through Nevada’s use of infrared photography.

Our visual familiarity is limited to the colors of visible light. Beyond what our eyes can see is the iridescent world of the infrared (IR) spectrum. Twenty-four years ago, I began exploring the challenge of making the invisible visible: photographing remote places using the unusual, haunting light of infrared. These images explore my favorite subjects of different cultures and less frequented lands. The subjects may be recognizable, but they are transformed by infrared light – more than meets the eye. Nevada Wier

Watch the recording of our Zoom webinar interview with Nevada below!

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VIEW THE WORK IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

Paul Caponigro Polaroids 1960-1969, opening reception November 19, 2021 on view through January 15, 2022.

 

Obscura Gallery is honored to debut an exclusive gallery exhibition of vintage, one-of-a-kind Polaroid prints made during Paul’s tenure with the Polaroid Corporation in the 1960’s. In 1959, Ansel Adams introduced the Polaroid Corporation to Paul’s work and that following year Paul became a consultant to the company, testing out their Type 55 negative/positive film, and their Type 53 positive film on his 4 x 5 view camera using a Polaroid back. The 44 images in the exhibition were created in New England as well as Ireland and a majority of the prints in the exhibition were created on Polaroid Type 53, which does not produce a negative and creates a one-of-a-kind positive print. The project came to a close in 1969 with a selection of images created in Ireland, when that same year Paul began his Guggenheim fellowship photographing in that country. Other than exhibiting the work at the Polaroid Corporation and a couple of universities or non-profits this is the first extensive gallery exhibition of this unique work and Obscura Gallery feels privileged to be able to work directly with Paul in selling this collection, and all his photographs.

 

ZOOM WEBINAR WITH PAUL CAPONIGRO

Hear Paul Caponigro in discussion with Jennifer Schlesinger, the Owner of Obscura Gallery, about his tenure with the Polaroid Corporation in the 1960’s. Event took place Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10am MST.

 

We have produced an exhibition catalogue which may be purchased here.

 

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Exhibition with Rania Matar: She, Reception with the artist, August 25, 5-7pm at Obscura Gallery

Obscura Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Lebanese-born American artist Rania Matar entitled SHE which focuses on young women in the US and the Middle East who are leaving the cocoon of home and entering adulthood, highlighting how female subjectivity develops in parallel forms across cultural lines. Artist and mother Rania Matar’s cross-cultural experiences inform her art. She has dedicated her art work to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence and womanhood—both in the United States where she lives, and in the Middle East where she is from.

The Obscura Gallery exhibition is in conjunction with the Radius Books release of the same name and celebrates an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, August 25 at Obscura Gallery from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view August 25 – October 31, 2021.

 

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VIEW THE ‘SHE’ SERIES HERE.

Douglas Miles, Future Intercept, Opening Reception, Friday, August 20, 5-7pm

Future Intercept transverses through time, rejecting western exotic, white gaze, stereotypes of Native people in America as a way to re-imagine the future of Indigenous and Native communities. Through the exploration of Futurism, we are presented with a narrative that looks back on a distraught past to reconstruct and foretell an impending future. By bending and folding the past and future as it collides, Apache artist Douglas Miles’ photo exhibition speaks on lineage and legacy within a community whose roots are deeply embedded across the Americas.
By appropriating online early images of Native Americans and juxtaposing them with his own contemporary photographs of his community, Douglas brings us from the past to the present day in a two dimensional image but creating a three dimensional reality. The contrast of his sharp contemporary imagery made with his hand-held smart phone, alongside often pixelated images found online of early Native American portraits, the viewer is transported through time both viscerally and literally.

There will be a reception with the artist on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Obscura Gallery from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view August 6 – August 21, 2021.

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Susan Burnstine, where shadows cease exhibition june 4 through july 31, 2021

Obscura Gallery is thrilled to present our 2021 Summer exhibition, Where Shadows Cease: Resonance of America’s Dream, with gallery artist Susan Burnstine. The prints in the exhibition include recent additions to Burnstine’s ongoing color series captured on self-made cameras, which explore the connections between the personal and collective unconscious during an unparalleled period in America. By infusing common dream themes and symbols found within the familiar, Susan Burnstine has observed commonly shared memories and universal representations found at places connected to the ethos of the “American Dream,” which reflect the collective hopes, fears and aspirations found in the social topography of America. Through revisiting iconic locations and landscapes across the United States she has explored corridors of this land through visual metaphor and symbolism as a means to uncover the hidden uniformities that reside within the nations’ collective unconscious in the present era.

The exhibition coincides with Susan’s workshop at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the artist reception will take place at Obscura Gallery on Thursday, July 29, from 5-7pm.

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VIEW THE IMAGES FROM THE SERIES HERE.