Michel Borek’s current exhibit, “Aimless Walk Reprise”, has bee reviewed in the Washington City Paper as a CRITIC’S PICK. You can read it here:
Michael Borek had a recent exhibition, “From the White House to Libeň”, of his work in Palmovka Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic. The show presents three projects: "Treachery of Images" inspired by Rene Magritte shows the photos of the White House and American presidents on the sides of tourist buses. "Scranton Lace" captures abandoned factory in Pennsylvania and "Aimless Walk Reprise" shows disappearing Prague outskirts in Libeň Island together with the idealized rendition of the newly constructed apartments on the posters put up by the developer.
Links to reviews of this exhibition, an interview on Czech Radio, and photos from the opening - all in Czech, not English - are listed below:
Aktuálně.cz - recenze výstavy a životopisný profil Michaela Borka / (Daniel Anýž)
Exhibition review and profile of Michael Borek / (Daniel Anýž)
Český rozhlas - Vltava - recenze výstavy a rozhovor s Michaelem Borkem (Alena Rokosová)
Exhibition review and interview with Michael Borek (Alena Rokosová)
Martin Fryč- recenze výstavy (Martin Fryč)
Exhibition review (Martin Fryč)
Kulturaok-EU - recenze výstavy (Olga Koníčková)
Exhibition review (Olga Koníčková)
Vernisáž - fotografie z vernisáže (Tomáš Mazal 1-9, Jan Dobrovský 10-25)
Photos from the opening (Tomáš Mazal 1-9, Jan Dobrovský 10-25)
Exhibition Dates: September 4 - October 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2 pm - 4 pm
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present new of work by Michael Borek: "Aimless Walk Reprise". This exhibit will be on view from September 4 through October 14, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2 pm - 4 pm
This exhibition presents 22 photographs taken by Michael Borek in his native Czech Republic. Over the last ten years, he continued to return to photograph an old blue-collar neighborhood in Prague, where he grew up. This area seemed to resist the changes of modern times. However, several years ago, developers embarked on a new construction of luxurious condos there. This project combines images of the old dilapidated neighborhood, hints of the emerging construction, and posters of developer-rendered idealizations of the “happy future.” However, these posters themselves are not immune to the ravages of time, and sometimes it is hard to recognize what is a depiction of reality and what is a depiction of a depiction of reality. This project visually retraces the dream-like reality of a seemingly aimless walk, where it is impossible to distinguish among the past, the present, and the future.
Currently on exhibit, on our video display screen, is our 2018 Juried Group Slideshow with images selected by Juror Brendan McCabe. Here is his statement:
The photographs submitted have a great variety of subject matter, color palette and aesthetic. The common thread throughout my selections is a formal composition that enhances the emotional impact of the photographs.
I chose images that carry an emotional weight, either in suggesting a narrative, capturing a moment or evoking a mood. That emotional weight in the selected images is enhanced by the strong compositions. The use of lines, juxtaposition and framing amplify the intended effect of the photographs, turning a well-intentioned image into a fully developed, successful photograph. The images in the selected group all are both intriguing and formally pleasing.
Overall, the photography had a high level of aesthetic expertise, and it was a pleasure to participate in the process.
The slide show will be on display at the gallery through September. The show may be viewed on the website at this link: ON THE SCREEN
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present a group show of members' work, juried by Mark Power.
Mark L. Power is a photographer/critic/educator currently living in Southern Maryland. In 1998 after twenty-seven years, he retired as a professor of photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. His photography has been featured in a number of galleries and museums both in the US and Europe. His work is in a number of museum collections.He is a published art critic, writing for the Washington Post, Art in America, the New Art Examiner and the Times Literary Supplement among other publications. He is the author of a number of book introductions.
He shares his thoughts on the work that he chose for this exhibit:
Multiple Exposures Gallery:
Fifteen photographers gathered together in a cooperative enterprise sharing a common love of the photographic image. A group diverse in age, gender and interests. What do their collective voices say to us?
I say 'voices' deliberately because photographs are like voices lifted in song; they tell us in wordless imagery of what appeals to the soul.
Some of members of the Gallery find the sinuosity of lines, the elegance of curves, the reflection of light on surfaces, appealing. Sometimes light reveals objects immersed in a rueful past, remembering better days. Wordsworth said "The leaves of memory seemed to make a mournful rustling in the dark." Some of these photographs are like leaves rustling in the dark.
Then there are landscapes: scenes we might have visited ourselves; others we might only have dreamed. We are reminded of the glory of land and sky. Others are forlorn places we hurry by because it appears time to have forgotten them; they are one step from ghost towns.
In many small human figures appear, perhaps just to give scale, but often fleeing into a future undefined. At other times figures appear lost in melancholy reflection.
It's curious there are so few portraits. This is not a value judgement; it's more to note an apparent choice. Seemingly preferred are portraits of the land in its myriad aspects.
I was happy not to have to pick 'best in show' because there wasn't a 'best in show'. There was a uniform excellence that speaks to the seriousness and professionalism of a singular group of artists, all of whom have a sophisticated ability to use the processes at hand to invoke compelling narratives, moods and form.
-Mark L. Power
This exhibit will be on view from July 31 through September 2, 2018.
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present new of work by Timothy Hyde: "Neighbors". This exhibit will be on view from June 19 through July 29, 2018, with an opening reception to be held on June 24, 2018, 2-4pm.
For some time, Tim Hyde has been investigating the painful subject of our human capacity to turn on our neighbors, often with hatred and sometimes with violence. This exhibition is a first look (a peek, really) at the project he calls “Neighbors.” The project also touches on questions of evidence, or the lack of evidence, for horrific historical events, and how they are remembered.
About the Artist
Tim Hyde is a photographer living and working in the Washington, DC area. His work investigates a variety of themes around human interactions with the forces of nature, including natural disasters, night vision, and our interplay with each other. He has exhibited across the United States and has been published in Fraction Magazine, New York Times, Chrome, and other publications. Tim’s work is represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach and the Multiple Exposures Gallery in Alexandria.
Congratulations to Fred Zafran whose solo exhibition currently on view at the Multiple Exposures Gallery was reviewed and selected as critics pick by Louis Jacobson at City Paper:
"The photographs in Fred Zafran’s exhibition at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Along The Poet’s Narrow Road, are as moody and contemplative as you might expect for a meditation on a 17th century Japanese poet’s journey." [READ MORE]
Along the Poet's Narrow Road will be on exhibit until June 17.
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit new of work by Fred Zafran: "Along the Poet's Narrow Road". This exhibit will be on view from May 8 through June 17, 2018, with an opening reception to be held on May 19, 2018, 2-4pm.
Fred Zafran returned to Japan in 2016 to photograph along the pilgrimage of Japan’s most famous poet Matsuo Basho. The journey unfolded along two paths: an external journey of things observed, and an internal journey of images that moved the traveler’s heart and mind. It was this second path that Zafran traveled and photographed along the way.
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present a survey of work by Danny Conant: "Places in My Art: Paris and Beyond". This exhibit will be on view from March 27 through May 5, 2018, with an opening reception to be held on April 8, 2018, 2-4pm.
Danny has visited France on a number of occasions, always taking photographs of her travels. This exhibit features a selection of works produced on these trips.
My interest in photography evolved from my interest in travel. After a number of years of travel with no recording I bought a camera and began taking darkroom classes which later morphed into digital classes and workshops.
This show “Places in My Art: Paris and Provence” shows some of my work from the 1990’s to 2017 from trips to Paris and the south of France. Some pieces were printed at the time of travel and others at later dates. I print my own work and like to stretch the boundaries sometimes adding collage, transfers, paint and wax, using various substrates such as handmade paper, glass, wood and fabric.
I have added a few sentences to the image labels about where or why I took the picture.
I’m not finished yet with Paris and the south of France. I have a trip planned in May to the Luberon area and Provence and in October back to Paris.
- Danny Conant
Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present new work by E. E. McCollum: "Embrace". This exhibit will be on view from February 13 through March 25, 2018, with an opening reception to be held on February 25, 2018, 2-4pm.
Embrace is an inquiry into the emotional currents in our intimate relationships - the continuing dialectic of connection and separateness in its many variations that we all experience. It is also a collaboration between myself, Blueriverdream, and her partner C. Together, we explored how to represent photographically the range of experiences that inhabit intimacy. This is not documentary work. The images are not intended to represent this-couple's relationship, although there cannot help but be echoes of something outside the frame.They are intended to ask each of us to reflect on what we see and feel in our own lives as we look at them.
Borges writes, "Whoever embraces a woman is Adam. The woman is Eve. Everything happens for the first time." Each time we embrace, it is a new moment, and also deeply familiar. Later in his poem Borges continues, "Everything happens for the first time, but in a way that is eternal."
-E. E. McCollum