PYRO Gallery


    1006 East Washington Street
    Louisville, KY 40206
    (502) 587-0106
    Hours: Friday & Saturday 12-6, Sunday 1-4

    Pressma/Nation: A 10,000 mile Journey

    Featuring C.J. Pressma and John Nation
    Dates: October 1 – October 29, 2021
    Events: Opening Reception October 3, 1-4 pm

    Artist Talk October 9, 11 am 

    This exhibition is a photographic expression of a trip C.J.Pressma and John Nation took by car for six weeks in the summer of 2019. They journeyed to the states of Nebraska, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and Louisiana. Many times they traveled back roads and had no particular agenda other than to make photographs until the day ended and it became too dark to make pictures. The exhibition will contain selected photographs and an installation piece

    In 1972 I was watching the Fellini film Roma and was captivated by splashes of light involving sparks from a streetcar at night. That scene with its dark nature and surreal quality motivated me to emulate a specific photographic style. It seems strange to me (almost absurd) that such a momentary scene became a motivation for an entire body of work that is interwoven throughout my artistic career. I call these images Dreamscapes. They are clues to dreams I have never been able to fully remember, but manifest themselves in the photographs I make. I usually photograph these DreamScape pictures in abandoned places and of inhabitants who might have or may still be living there. I search for the “evidence” of humans where very few humans currently reside. I am like an archaeologist sifting through a dream-like landscape trying to imagine/portray what these people and places were like.

    French Cafes and Countryside: Nostalgia & Anticipation

    Featuring Amira Karaoud and Keith Auerbach

    Dates: October 29 – November 30, 2021

    Events: Reception, November 5, 5-8 pm

    Artist Talk, November 20, 12 pm

    This show features photographs of French café culture from the past 50 years and examines how that culture was and might be again post-pandemic. Each image will have a QR code which the viewer can scan and hear a soundtrack to make for an immersive sensory experience.

    Amira Karaoud is a photojournalist based in Louisville, KY. Karaoud is passionate about telling stories of tight-knit communities of women who thrive on finding their own authenticities and creating connections around their subculture. Karaoud is a member of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo. Her work has appeared in: Reuters, Reuters TV, New York Times, Bloomberg, PBS, KET, CBS News, Yahoo News, LEO Louisville, Aljazeera America.

    Website: Facebook: Amira Karaoud Instagram: @amirakaraoud

    Keith Auerbach, a native of Louisville, published his photos for 15 years in a weekly column in the local newspaper LEOWeekly(Louisville Eccentric Observer). These images won two MetroLouisville JournalismAwards and later appeared in his book, The Photographic Humor of Keith Auerbach, which won an IPPY-Independent Publishers Book Of The Year Award. He is the recipient of numerous other awards including the International Photography/Lucie Award. Auerbach has had 20 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 70 national and international group shows. His images have appeared in 25 magazines and in seven books. On his artistic process, Auerbach states, “I love taking pictures and creating images. I aim for photographs that evoke feelings and moods, especially empathy, vulnerability, and acceptance. In taking photographs, I watch and wait for that one decisive moment when the ocean can be measured by the drop.”


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