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Re: [SJ-PhotoGroup] Fwd: LENS WIDE OPEN: Our SPRING SHOW '13 Opens TOMORROW, 7-10 PM

From: Scott L.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:13 PM
Really? April 18th?

Scott
Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 23, 2013, at 12:05 PM, Lou Dallara <[address removed]> wrote:

"Photography reigns for the next six weeks..." was the opening to a few of our social media posts this week.  A couple of OFF THE WALL aficionados responded, "So, what's new?!"  They don't remember that there was a time when photography simply wasn't our gig.  

It's hard to remember those days now.  After all, we have embraced the medium consistently for the past decade, spotlighted it in the first show of 2013 and will raise the curtain on another photo-centric show THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 18, FROM 7 TO 10 PM, when the OPENING RECEPTION for our SPRING SHOW '13 brings many of us together, with a nice spread of food andCURATOR JODY SWEITZER behind the bar. 

We've also come a long way in a relatively short period of time.  Our artists run the gamut with their photographic work -- from local to global, from the strength of a community to an individual's most personal journey.  Those categories also neatly bracket the new show.  

AL STEGEMAN, who has been called "photographer laureate" of DIRTY FRANK'S, is at his finest when he captures the rich tapestry of casual interactions and lasting relationships that adorns our community.  In the program for the show, Al professes to not being an artist but instead someone who just captures moments in time.  That doesn't divest him of the skills that every photographer-artist brings to the table, and the shutter release, in search of the elusive "decisive moment."  Maybe Cartier-Bresson first put a finger on the concept but it's been there as long as rapid exposures have been technologically possible.

HEATHER RAQUEL PHILLIPS, making her OFF THE WALL debut, may be newer to the game, but differences like that don't translate to the light captured on film or, more often today, in pixels.  She displays wonderful versatility in two of the toughest assignments any photographer can tackle.  #1) Go to a foreign country, strip away the romantic cliches and travelogue approach, and show us people's lives.  Her shots of Havana, Cuba do that very thing, while shuttling between intimate moments and a documentarian's panache for eclectic details.  #2) Take a series of portraits at a critical juncture in someone's life and art-direct them so that we begin to see a multifaceted, complex person.  Heather chooses to introduce us to her friend Cooper in the midst of gender transitioning, and the resulting portraits are riveting, moving and memorable.

These are two of the gifted artists and a few of the many reasons that motivate us to make photography an essential part of the work we show.

There is one more good reason that functions on multiple levels and fits with this show: ACCESS.  Photography has become a routine part of your life through mobile devices and social media.  You take thousands more photographs, think about the medium a lot more and are a more engaged, critical audience member for photography in art shows.  And with the exception of limited editions from established photographers, photography is an art form within reach of most budgets.  As an alternative art space equally committed to finding buyers for our artists and art that you can add to your home, that's important to us.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday evening and toasting with you the work of Al and Heather.  In advance, CHEERS!

Togo Travalia
Manager
OFF THE WALL GALLERY
at Dirty Frank's
NE Corner, 13th & Pine Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19107
@OTWDirtyFranks
(484)[masked] (cell)
Philly's pioneering alternative art space, since 1978.






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