@Theatre Works of  SoIn

203 E. Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 949-4238
Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday 9 – 12 pm, during performances, and by appointment

ART Squared Group Show

September 22 – November 11, 2017

Events Opening reception September 29 5 – 7 pm followed by a play, Proof, by David AuBurn, at 7:30pm

For performance schedule: http://theatreworksofsoin.com


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Exhibit 1 – Pat Maxwell, David Becker & Michael Beringer
Location: First Floor Gallery
Show Dates: September 12 – October 17, 2015
Events: Opening Reception: September 12, 1:00-4:00 pm

Pat Maxwell
Bullet County Artist Pat Maxwell, relocated to Kentucky in in 1998 after having lived northern California most of his life. His platinum palladium prints, are produced using a 4 x 5 large format camera. In recent years this very technical process is being resurrected by dedicated artists that appreciate the luminous quality of the prints.  Pat’s work is inspired by the natural beauty of mountainous landscapes laced with rivers and streams. Many of the streams that Pat photographs are ephemeral and only occur for a short time during and after a storm. Sometimes the falls are massive, and others are micro in reality. Because of the amount of information contained in a 4 x 5 glass negative Pat’s work can be enlarged and still contains incredible detail.

David Becker
Art is an act of discovery. Finding perspectives that evoke an emotional response is what drives my exploration. As a photographer I work hard to make images that freeze both time and space. Time is a reflection of motion, sometimes linear as in past to present to whatever is next. Motion conveys information, the distance between then and now. Space is represented in that information to define both what is there and what is not. A photographic image is a frozen moment in time; it is what’s left when nothing happens. Working with both color and monotone images I use space, negative space, shapes, line, tonality or color as the primary object of the image. Images that speak to me are those that instill a desire to be in that moment or to reflect on how information not captured effects the image, in other words a sense of wonder. In making an image I may strive to render that frozen moment as true to its space and time as I can understand it or manipulate the image in a way that better reflects my emotional response to that moment. As happens with each viewing, a “captured” moment or a “manipulated” work sets the image into motion once again, in a different space and time.

Artist Biography
Born in Louisville, KY in 1960 I was inspired at a young age by a love of the outdoors and a world as seen through the pages of National Geographic, I began making images in high school during an eight day whitewater adventure down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was on that trip with a Kodak Instamatic camera in tow that my interest in fine art photography began. This new found passion was further enhanced when I inherited a collection of slides from my grandfather, whose heavy involvement with the Boy Scouts of America had taken him to every continent in the world and every State in the Union during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Having had this personal connection with my grandfather’s photographs and a love for travel I began to appreciate how film could be used to document and express one’s life experiences. Having photographed for a short while with my grandfather’s 35mm Browning Camera I purchased my first Camera in 1975 and began photographing what inspired me, mostly the wonders found in nature. By 1978 I had built my first darkroom and began developing, and printing black and white as well as color slide film. Beginning that same year I studied darkroom techniques and portraiture under Master Photographer Gus Frank. In 2002 I had no problem embracing the age of the pixel and acquired my first digital camera and continue making mostly digital images. While my main pursuit in photography is to capture fine art images I love to shoot whatever I find that evokes an emotional response. My hope is that these found images will show both the beauty and fragileness of our environmental and societal surroundings. This provided the impetuous for creating Findings Studio’s in 2007. I am also the CEO of Fire Equipment Service Company (FESCO), a fire protection company founded in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Michael Beringer
Michael Beringer was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1952. After serving in the U.S. Air Force Michael moved to California to study photography. Upon completion of his BA degree in Photography and Art History from California State University, Long Beach in 1980 Michael worked as a photographer for two modeling agencies in Southern California for four years. In 1984 Michael began working at a large Catholic High School in Orange Country where he spent the next thirty years. As a faculty member at Mater Dei High School Michael worked in audio visual, television production, and for twenty years as a teacher of Art History and later Digital Photography. Michael returned to Cal. St. Long Beach where he earned his MA degree in Film Production and Photography in 1991. Over the years Michael also worked as a freelance wedding photographer for many years and part time as a portrait photographer for two portrait studios. From 1999 to 2001 Michael served as volunteer director of a small co-op art gallery in Santa Ana, Ca. Michael’s personal medium of choice is black and white film. Michael has had photographs published in national and international publications, and has had photographs displayed in art galleries, city halls, camera stores, a library, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and the Orange County Fair were he won numerous awards. Michael retired from teaching and returned to Indiana in August 2014 where he now resides in New Albany with his wife.

Artist Statement
My photographic style follows the California West coast tradition of the straight un-manipulated black and white print. During my student days and early career I was influenced by such West Coast photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White. Over the years my work has been influenced more by several European photographers including Eugène Atget, André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lucien Hervé, and Josef Sudek. My camera of choice is a simple all-mechanical film camera loaded with black and white film. I utilize mostly 35mm, medium, and occasionally 4X5 formats. Recurring subjects I photograph include dramatic landscapes, ghost towns, architecture, and people. I like to photograph architectural details such as stairs, windows, and doors. I look for strong shadows and geometric shapes and patterns as I compose my photographs. Posed or contrived photographs do not interest me. Exploring the world around me with my camera I capture whatever speaks to me often photographing obvious things that go un-noticed by the casual observer.

Exhibit 2 – Mashup: Amazon Photographers
Location: Second Floor Gallery
Show Dates: September 12 – October 17, 2015
Events: Opening Reception: September 12, 1:00-4:00 pm

The upstairs gallery will display works by photographers from Amazon who will display resent works. The Amazon photographers include: Michael Margolies, Bruce Brosnan, Drew Meredith, Elizabeth Thompson, James Schenck, Joon Kim, Michelle Morad , Terence Mahone, Chris Daniel, Marge Ely, Joe Polifrone, Karl Mortensen, Matt Stauss, and Josh Haskin.

Terence Mahone
I have spent much of my career creating images for instantly recognizable corporate icons including Herman Miller Furniture, Dow Chemical, and ConAgra Foods. Through my personal work I look to explore our relationship to a world which reveals itself to be subtly different than expected by documenting the unselfconscious fingerprints human activity leaves behind.

Joon Kim
Inspired by “Street Photography,” welcome to “My Street.”  For 15 years photography has been many things to me. A source of income, personal growth, joy and struggle. The struggle to find time for my work while I work and the discovery of life the camera gave me while viewing my children through the lens. I have always wanted to be a father. After the birth of my first child my father in law told me, “You’ll spend the rest of your life letting go.” I guess photographing each and every moment of our lives together is my way of holding on.

For more information, contact: Julie@artscouncilsi.org