CENTER has invited the Directors of CURRENTS NEW MEDIA to curate six artists who have previously participated in CENTER’s juried photography review to show at CURRENTS 826. The curators searched through accepted submissions from past years while being particularly attuned to artists working or looking in new ways. The selected artists represent photographers who use creative thinking and new techniques, inviting conversation around the place of photography in the present technological age.
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Ryan Schude is a photographer living and working in Los Angeles, California. Continuing in the tradition of the theater and paintings of the 19th Century’s Tableaux Vivants, his primary focus has remained in staged, narrative scenes. Solo exhibitions include Paris (2008), Santa Monica (2014, 2019), and Istanbul (2014, 2017), as well as current and past participation in over 40 group exhibitions. His debut monograph, SCHUDE, was published by Roads (Dublin) in 2015.
Manuela Thames is a fine art photographer residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two children. Originally from Germany, she moved to the US in 2004 when she married her husband, who is American. Her background is in nursing and alternative health, but around 2008 she began to focus solely on photography after two life-changing events happened within one year, the death of her brother and the birth of her first son. Her work consists largely of self-portraits as she aims to explore the brokenness of humanity, the struggles of loss and grief, her personal experiences with generational trauma, mental health and the consequences of control, abuse and manipulation. Within that she continues to explore the human ability of coping, the strength that evolves out of suffering and our common desire for healing and journey towards wholeness.Her photography has been described as contemplative, evocative, dark and cinematic and has been published in numerous photographic journals and magazines. She is affiliated with Arcangel Images and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Andrés Mario de Varona is a Cuban-American artist from Miami, FL. He attended the school of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University where he pursued a BFA degree in studio art, and spent two years working as a production assistant for artist and professor Osamu James Nakagawa. Andrés’ work builds a spiritual connection to death through rituals and the using of a nightgown that was once purchased but never worn by his mother. He works alongside his two younger sisters, step-father, and grandparents to construct the narration of each image, while also photographing them in many of the ceremonies. Andrés’ work has been exhibited at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Latela Curatorial Gallery in Washington DC, FAR Contemporary Arts in Bloomington IN, and was invited to represent Indiana University in an upcoming exhibition at Inchon Art Platform in Incheon, South Korea. Andrés is now currently prepping his portfolio for Santa Fe Review and working as an intern archivist.
Jonathan Lipkin is a visual artist whose work is a meditation on the infinite, time, and perception. His most recent series Translucence of Time is on view at 180 The Store in Tribeca, NYC. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the School of Visual Arts and maintains studios in New York City and East Hampton. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally and are held in public and private collections. He is author of Photography Reborn (Abrams Books, 2004) and In the Realm of the Circuit (Prentice Hall, 2003). His award-winning monograph Livingston County (Conveyor Books, 2011) was selected for inclusion in the IndyBooks Library. He has lectured extensively on photography and digital media.
Barbara Boissevain is a photographer and visual artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who explores various environmental and social justice issues through her art practice. Her prior work includes “Children of the Rainbow” a book and traveling exhibition that documents humanitarian problems facing the Quechua communities in Peru. “The Trees Will Outlive Us,” is an ongoing project where she is documenting a family farm on Long Island, NY that is slowly being consumed by forest. In her most recent project titled “Big Dirty Secrets,” she highlights issues of environmental toxicity relevant to the inhabitants of the Silicon Valley. The intention of her work is to cultivate awareness and provoke meaningful discourse about environmental stewardship. Boissevain received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. from San Jose State University. In 2009 she received the “Best of ASMP Award” from the American Society of Media Photographers for her documentary work highlighting humanitarian issues in Peru. Her work has been exhibited in many venues across the United States and Europe including: Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA; the Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; the Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY; the New Museum Los Gatos, CA and the Mentenkov Museum in Russia. Boissevain is currently an artist in residence at the Cubberley Studio Art Program in Palo Alto and teaches in the department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.
Melanie Walker has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. Her expertise is in the area of alternative photographic processes, digital and mixed media as well as large scale photographic installations and more recently, public art. She attended San Francisco State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Florida State University for an MFA. She has received a number of awards including an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Aaron Siskind Award. She taught at a number of universities including San Francisco State University, SUNY Albany, Alfred University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She currently teaches in the Media Arts Area at the University of Colorado Boulder. Over the last several years her work has gone in two primary directions involving public art and further pursuits of a mixed media approach to photography. She has been collaborating on public art with artist/sculptor George Peters and together they have been the recipient of numerous public art commissions in a number of national and international locations, including Colorado, Arizona, London, Florida, Alaska, and California.