Friday, May 9, 2014

SoHo PHOTO Gallery Exhibits Mid-Career Artists and Emerging Artists + Tomato Soup & Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Alina Oswald, "Smoking Fields" Archival Pigment Print.
(cropped) © 2014 Alina Oswald
Shown as a part of the Juried Emerging Artists Exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery of SoHo PHOTO Gallery
May 2014 Exhibition

On Tuesday, May 6th SoHo PHOTO Gallery had an opening for 5 mid-career artists (downstairs) and a group show of emerging artists (upstairs, in a grand experiment partnered with B&H Photo). 

In many ways photography has replaced painting as the most appreciated medium for two-dimensional fine art. All six exhibitions were interesting and diverse in their approach.

SoHo PHOTO Gallery at 15 White Street in Manhattan.
© 2014 Jack A. Atkinson

Editorial Comment: The juried emerging artist exhibition upstairs, showed only one photo for each new artist. I kept wanted to see more, at least 3 photos by each artist, to get a feeling for their technique and how they think. With only one photo each, when I found a print I enjoyed, I couldn't make a reasonable judgement on the artist's talent, only on the qualities of that individual photograph. The positive side of this equation is the "one-photo-each" restriction gave more artists access to the "packed crowd" at this gallery's opening.

A small fraction of the large crowd at the gallery's opening reception.
© 2014 Jack A. Atkinson


(1) People Walking
Susan Bowen
“My work is always about motion; these images are part of an ongoing series on the topic of People Walking. Shot at various busy street corners in New York City, I like to record the swirl of activity around me. The vantage point is low; I am often sitting on the ground with a small tripod and rapidly capturing people as they walk by.”
© 2014 Susan Bowen

Susan Bowen, "People Walking #3544" fibre Rag Pigment Print
© 2014 Susan Bowen
(2) Comforts of Home
Allen Bryan
“The Comforts of Home series invites us into precarious places and unsettling living situations. Exteriors intrude into interiors through windows and doors left carelessly ajar. People are ghostly blurs or fragmented presences. The minute details of objects in these spaces give a glimpse into the past and present. These are figments of a world that isn’t as real as it looks at first glance and that question a comfortable reality.”

Allen Bryan, Comforts of Home Series, "Reading Room"
© 2014 Allen Bryan  
(3) Stairway to Paradise
Joan Lebold Cohen
“When I studied traditional Chinese paintings, I found the mountains and mists so unfamiliar that I assumed the artists imagined the subjects. Yet I knew that artists usually paint what they see. I sought out those places and was able to find the landscape they have immortalized. After more than forty years of photographing in Asia, I finally traveled to the remote rice terraces in southern China’s Guizhou province. There I found the lush green mountains with finely carved terraces filled with water reflecting a brilliant sky.”
"Stairway to Paradise Series"
© 2014 Joan Lebold Cohen

Joan Lebold Cohen - cropped - "Stairway to Paradise Series"
© 2014 Joan Lebold Cohen

(4) Dream Chasers
Jean Nestares
“I have been thinking about new ways to create pauses and silences where breath is held in my artistic world that has always been inspired by movement. In this series of natural images, untouched by any manipulation, I create the sensation of a double dimension by superimposing images on fabric and paper, creating the essence of the dream.” 
Jean Nestares, "Dream Chasers Series", images on fabric and paper.
© 2014 Jean Nestares

 "Dream Chasers Series"
© 2014 Jean Nestares

(5) Burma: A Strange and Subtle Secret
Bruce Wodder
“In my new photographic project, I explore the beauty of Burma through its people, and one spectacular cow.  This work covers much of the country and its indigenous people, including tribes from the remote Brown Zone. Ordinarily my personal work is shot on film using medium or large format to achieve the desired look. In this project, all the images are digital capture output to black & white.”
 Bruce Wodder
- cropped image - "Bamboo Raft Man", Inle Lake,
Archival Pigment Print 

© 2014 Bruce Wodder
Bruce Wodder
cropped image - "The Village Cow, Bagan"
Archival Pigment Print, 
© 2014 Bruce Wodder


© 2014 Jack A. Atkinson
B&H Workshop
(6) Emerging Artists 
Juried Exhibition 
In Upstairs Gallery

This past October, the B&H Event Space partnered with Soho Photo Gallery to launch a grand experiment in photographic training: B&H’s new Portfolio Development Series offered participants a five-month curriculum of free classes and the opportunity to show qualifying work at the gallery. They attended critiques, kept generating new work and posting it to social media, built a website, and finally printed a mini-portfolio which was submitted to Soho Photo Gallery for a juried show. The selected and exciting approaches to photography represent the cream of that crop.
Rafael Infante
"One Life"
© 2014 Rafael Infante
Alina Oswald
 "Smoking Fields" Archival Pigment Print.
(cropped)  © 2014 Alina Oswald

Soho PHOTO Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY 10013
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday
1:00pm - 6:00pm
(and by appointment)
(Source: Photos taken at the opening by ARTSnFOOD staff, all photos retain the individual artist's copyright © 2014, text adapted from SoHo PHOTO Gallery's website.)


Tomato & Onion Soup with Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
© 2014 Jack A. Atkinson

Tomato & Onion Soup

3 stalks celery diced
2 large onions diced
1 large carrots diced
3 sweet red & yellow peppers diced
3 cloves garlic diced

3 6oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 32oz box of vegetable broth
1/2 cup kechup
Salt, Black Pepper and ground Chipotle Pepper.

- Sauté in olive oil a mirepoix of diced: celery, onions, carrots, garlic and sweet peppers in the bottom of a large stock pot until soft and just beginning to brown (do not burn), stirring often.
- Add the diced tomatoes, put on lid and cook for 8 - 10 minutes (to bring out the sugars and sweeten the tomatoes) stirring often.
- Add the ketchup, stir in.
- Add the vegetable broth, stir and simmer for 30 minutes.
Season to the soup to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon each of Salt, Black Pepper and ground Chipotle Pepper - you can always add more).
- Process the soup in a blender, in batches, until creamy, no chunks. (Thickness of the soup is your preference, add vegetable broth if you want to thin.)
- Check one last time for seasoning and adjust as needed.

- This soup is good both hot and cold.
- Serve, like onion soup, by putting pureed soup into in a small crock, with a cut round of toast and grated Swiss cheese on top.
- Then put all under the broiler until melted.
- Serve immediately.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
20 - 30 Brussels Sprouts (trimmed, cleaned and halved)
Pam spray oil, or coat in a bowl with extra virgin olive oil
Black Pepper

- Clean, trim and half all of the Brussels sprouts
- Peel some of the leaves off of each and add to the mix.
- Spread sprouts and leaves evenly onto a large 1/2" walled oven pan.
- Coat sprouts with Pam (or coat in a bowl with E.V. Olive Oil)
- Sprinkle the sprouts with some salt and pepper.
- Roast for 30 +/- minutes in a hot 400º oven (or a broiler for less time) 
- Check ever five minutes or so and stir until some charing occurs.
- Serve as a side dish. (Check for seasoning).
(Source: Original recipes from Atkinson Family Cookbook, Photo by Jack A. Atkinson)

Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2014 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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