Three Amigos: John Rizzo, Fred Sway, and Neal Rantoul

Exhibition Run: Monday, April 7 – May 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm

After more than thirty years of diverse photographic careers, three old friends: John Rizzo, Fred Sway and Neal Rantoul come together to exhibit works that are diverse in interest but united in a common bond of their love for photographic vision. The work represents each photographers’ unique take on our world, rich in color and texture, rendered with consummate skill and mastery of the medium.

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John Rizzo

John Rizzo’s images of balconies, doorways and apartments from his neighborhood in Alba, Italy are abstracts of color, texture and design. Fred Sway’s rendition of porches and yards in rural Massachusetts transforms the mundane and ordinary into exceptional still lifes of color and form. And finally, Neal Rantoul’s never-before-shown images of a cliff face in a fjord of northern Iceland convey a sense of diminished human scale in the face of powerful and aw inspiring natural force.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and educator. Recently retired from 30 years as head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston; he is devoting his efforts full time to making new pictures and bringing earlier work to a national and international audience. With over 50 one-person exhibitions over the length of his career, Rantoul has exhibited new works within the last year at both Panopticon Gallery and The Danforth Museum.

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Neal Rantoul

John Rizzo started his career in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied and taught photography. His early work as a documentary photographer earned him a Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities Photography Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Project Grant. Eventually John found his way to Portland, Oregon where he opened a studio and enjoyed a successful career as an Advertising and Editorial Photographer. John founded Ars Nova Gallery and was a cofounder and the artistic director of Obscura Gallery, two critically acclaimed galleries in the burgeoning Portland, Oregon art scene.

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Fred Sway

Fred Sway is former director of New England School of Photography and Boston University Photo Services. He completed a Master’s Degree in Photography under Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago. His most recent exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Navigation: Keith Johnson

Exhibition Run: Monday, February 24 – April 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5-7pm

Salter Nova webCelestial Navigation is a large-scale photographic investigation that began as a response to a painting by Rebecca Salter at British Art Center and grew into a suite of gridded images about the night sky. Photographer Keith Johnson’s interest turned towards what happens when a photograph of ordinary, regular, every day stuff takes on a different meaning, looks different and even becomes something else: an image.

“My take is that the longer involvement allows for serendipity and image to enter into the experience both mine and the viewers. These pictures are about an AHA! Moment. I would see some surface and look at it for a while intrigued when the roof or the chrysanthemums or the snow sort of tugged on my coat tail and said “Hey you, pay attention.” I found myself saying, “OK I get it. And got to work.”

The images on view detail extended and in depth investigations of singular subjects transformed through seeing. Letting go of narrative, these visually enveloping grids construct new realities to entice the mind and the eye.

Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.

Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography, Boston, MA; Panopticon Gallery,  Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography.  He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Suzanne Revy: To Venerate the Simple Days

ImageTo Venerate the Simple Days is a magical visual essay crafted by photographer Suzanne Revy on the joys of family and the explorations of summer.

Her images capture the sheer bliss of long days, imaginative play, and freedom within the landscape. Her use of a toy camera draws out a surprisingly melancholic mood at times, revealing memories and continued traditions within a family when school is over and obligations fall away. Experiencing this work is akin to gazing upon a field of fireflies at dusk, a rare and ephemeral experience to warm the heart.

Suzanne Revy received her B.F.A in photography from Pratt Institute. She was the Photo Editor of U.S. News & World Reports for nearly a decade before becoming Acting Picture Editor at Yankee Magazine in the late 90’s. For the last 10 years Suzanne has focused on her career as an artist: she has been exhibited locally and nationally as such venues as the Danforth Musuem, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Photoplace Gallery, and Texas Photographic Society. Suzanne is Represented by Panopticon Gallery, Boston MA.

Catching Up: Gretjen Helene

p2p-logo2011 Garner Center Featured Artist Gretjen Helene is one of 18 exhibiting artists participating in From Paper to Pixels, a collaboration between traditional and new media artists to create unique, interactive experiences:

‘Of the Egg In the Heart’ has been reinvigorated through this collaborative process with my new friend, Jamie Kosoy of Brooklyn, New York. We spent time online and in person through August exploring the capabilities and limitations of both the tangible and in-tangible mediums we both brought to the work. Together we took the original conceptual and structural basis of this piece and brought the figures inside to life. By incorporating real-time video/projection media we want to bring you, the viewer, into the intimate interior of the eggshell to meet another person inside. Your experience depends on your interaction and her reaction might give you startle.

Opening Reception: November 21, 5-7pm
Exhibition Open through January 17, 2014
Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

 

Phillip Jones: Selected Photographs

Exhibition: November 5 – December 20, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday November 13, 5-7pm

Currently on view at the Garner Center, Phillip Jones’ investigations of transition, construction and progress in the urban landscape. Phillip’s ethereal and energetic scenes take use across America and Europe stealthily by night, leaving no stone unturned. His squares, subtle yet poignant, respond to the relationship between architecture and societal values. The often overlooked or undiscovered vantages are magically brought to life through operatic silver gelatin prints not to be missed!

Biography:

Phillip Jones was bon in 1951 in the metropolitan Washington DC area. His father was an Academy award-winning filmmaker and his mother operated an art gallery in Dupont Circle.

He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Antioch College and Cooper Union.

In the early 70’s he worked in the television industry. His short film Secrets won numerous awards and was exhibited at the Whitney  and Hirschhon Museums. In 1979 he became a free-lance artist working both in set design for opera and medical illustration.

In 1990 Phillip and his wife  moved to Boston as he began exhibiting his photographic work. He has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Lafayette Museum, the Hunter Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Federal Reserve Gallery, the Cesium Gallery and Chatham Gallery with fourteen solo exhibits at his primary venue; the Mercury Gallery.

His work is in numerous collections including the DeCordova Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, Accenture, Banana Republic, Levi Strauss, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs and The Four Seasons.

He currently splits his time between Boston and Atlanta.

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Extended Hours

The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions is now open on Thursdays from 9a-5p in addition to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

From now until May 31st, view Thad Russell: Promised Land.

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Promised Land is a quiet and curious investigation of the contemporary American landscape, “in all of its beauty, perversity and pathos.”  Thad Russell has spent the last 10 years photographing from Las Vegas to the Central Valley of California, the Mojave Desert to Southern Florida, examining what he describes as “locations of the American Dream.”

Up next at the Garner Center: Graduate Exhibition, Class of 2013.

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

Thad Russell: Promised Land

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Exhibition: April 15, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday, April 24   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Promised Land is a quiet and curious investigation of the contemporary American landscape, “in all of its beauty, perversity and pathos.”  Thad Russell has spent the last 10 years photographing from Las Vegas to the Central Valley of California, the Mojave Desert to Southern Florida, examining what he describes as “locations of the American Dream.”  This poignant exhibit touches on issues of land use and resource management in the ever changing façade of the American landscape, exposing a dichotomy between the American myth and American reality.

Thad Russell is a graduate of Stanford University and The Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his M.F.A. His work has been published in notable publications such as the London Observer, Los Angeles Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

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