MoPA acquires works by Holly Roberts and Ysabel LeMay!

We are excited to announce The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) acquired new works at its Annual Acquisitions Dinner.

Members of the Collecting Groups of MoPA voted on new permanent collection pieces, Holly Roberts’ mixed media photo collage, Snake Rider II, 2014, and Ysabel LeMay’s photograph, Azul, 2011.

Snake Rider II, 2014 © Holly Roberts
Snake Rider II, 2014 © Holly Roberts

Snake Rider II, 2014 © Holly Roberts

Azul, 2011 © Ysabel LeMay
Azul, 2011 © Ysabel LeMay

To view more work by Holly Roberts and Ysabel LeMay please visit our website.

Elephants Trunks. Up or Down?

Memory (One), 2013 © Holly Roberts
Memory (One), 2013 © Holly Roberts

A couple walks into the gallery asking about the work of Holly Roberts. Knowing her work well we delve into stories and they express some of their favorite pieces, almost all of them include elephants.

Elephants have many symbolic meanings including protection, strength and good luck. But this particular conversation sparked the ongoing debate, which way does a lucky elephant hold its trunk? The trunk plays a major role in superstitions from avid collectors to even those who are only moderately superstitious. A trunk is essential to the elephant. It is used for drinking, eating food, greeting friends and warding off enemies. So, this bring us back to the initial debate, which way does a lucky elephant hold its trunk?

After doing some research we found the following:

Downward Pointed Elephant Trunk

An elephant with the trunk pointed downwards stores luck and energy. It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge allowing you to easily overcome various tasks and obstacles. To stay grounded at work or to reserve strength and vitality at home, the downward trunk elephant might be for you!

Elephant Preaching, 2013 © Holly Roberts
Elephant Preaching, 2013 © Holly Roberts

Upward Pointed Elephant Trunk

An upward pointed elephant trunk dispenses energy, luck, prosperity and kindness. It is a movement elephants use to greet friends and express sheer delight. To bring compassion and to shower good fortune plae the upward trunk elephant around you.

Arguing, 2013
Arguing, 2013 © Holly Roberts

The conclusion? Elephants emit luck, energy, kindness, strength and wisdom. There is no home or office that cannot benefit from it’s wonderful energy!

Stolen Elephants, 2012 © Holly Roberts
Stolen Elephants, 2012 © Holly Roberts

To see more of Holly Robert’s elephants check out our website!


Ysabel LeMay Artist Talk 2015!

Ever since the invention of the camera, there are few subjects that attract photographers more than the landscape. Whether photographing from the sky or lying on the grass, photographers continually seek to understand and explore the ground upon which we live and walk. While it seems almost impossible to capture nature in a unique way, Ysabel LeMay defies all odds, creating spectacular images that radiate with color, density and awe.

Learn more about Ysabel’s photographs and technique in her recent artist talk below.

Ysabel LeMay: Wonders is on view at CEG through July 3, 2015.
See more work by Ysabel LeMay on our website.

Inside the studio of Lori Nix

Lori Nix at workEver ask yourself what the world would look like without humans? Brooklyn based photographer and artist Lori Nix constructs post-apocalyptic dioramas of crumbling theaters, deserted subway cars and decaying spaces. Nature creeps into her fabricated environments illustrating abandoned and desolate lifelike scenes.

Lori Nix is influenced by 19th century painters’ depicting ideas and theories of romanticism and the sublime. Lori’s aim throughout her work is to “create a state of mind and express intense emotions either through beauty or horror… with a touch of humor.” After photographing the scene,  Lori takes apart her diorama making the final piece of art the photograph.  Her latest photograph in her series The City is Observatory, 2015.

Observatory, 2015 under construction
Lori Nix’s newest piece, Observatory, 2015, under construction
Observatory, 2015 © Lori Nix
Observatory, 2015 © Lori Nix

…(in) The City, I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of its human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, and yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment…I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring. – Lori Nix

Working in Studio2
In the making of Chinese Take-Out, 2013

Working in Studio3 See more photographs by Lori Nix on our website, or watch the Discovery Channel’s studio documentary!

Work of the Week: Dan Estabrook

If you’ve seen the work of Dan Estabrook, then you know he gets his hands dirty creating contemporary photographic works with 19th century photography techniques. Dan uses many traditional processes including gum bichromate, ambrotypes, calotypes, salt and albumen printing. Coming from a painting and drawing background Dan manipulates his photographs adding final touches of paint, watercolor, gouache and/or pencil.

Two Hands, 2005 © Dan Estabrook
Two Hands, 2005 © Dan Estabrook, From the Night & Day series

Throughout Dan’s work he transforms body parts, objects and anonymous portraits into quiet, timeless stories about the moments between conversations, when silence is the loudest. Using and emulating early printing techniques, Dan makes visible the very physical materials of which photographs are made, attempting to transform anonymous imagery into personal objects. In Dan’s work, we are reminded that volumes of information can be conveyed through nuance and subtlety as he explores intimate issues about love, sex and death.

In his series Night & Day, Dan presents images which obscure the division between the cognizant and dream states, as figures emerge and disappear into fading backgrounds, body parts levitate and dreams sprout visibly from a woman’s pursed lips. In Dan’s sleep state, one loses control, exposing secrets and flaws only realized upon waking.

In Nine Symptoms, Dan tackles the emotions he has experienced falling in love. With pieces titled Shortness of Breath, Heart Rate Increase, Fever and Loss of Appetite, Dan evokes old medical photographs to directly confront the passion, obsession, apprehension and excitement brought on by love, as well as its loss. By employing the techniques and metaphors used by nineteenth-century practitioners, Dan is able to comment on the timelessness of his concerns and the enduring fascination with love, sex and death.

The Clown, 2012 © Dan Estabrook
The Clown, 2012 © Dan Estabrook

My ideas and influences are absolutely contemporary, though, and I always maintain that my work is not about recreating the past in any way. It’s about how we look at the past from a distance of 160 years or so – how we get it wrong, and project onto it our own fears and fantasies and obsessions. It’s a present-day obsession with what came before, and what little we actually know. That sense of loss and nostalgia doesn’t exist without the distance of time. – Dan Estabrook

Fever, 2004 © Dan Estabrook
Fever, 2004 © Dan Estabrook, From the Nine Symptoms series