The Light Factory Third Juried Annuale
Free and open to the public
April 19 – August 15, 2010
About the Exhibit
With this annual competition, The Light Factory asked photographers and artists throughout the world to submit their most challenging and inventive work for an exciting exhibition.
These winners have been selected from more than 130 entries:
Nicholas Dantona (Franklin, TN)
John Grant (Charlottesville, VA)
Diana Greene (Winston-Salem, NC)
Aspen Hochhalter (Charlotte, NC)
Blue Mitchell (Portland, OR)
Lori Vrba (Chapel Hill, NC)
Message from the Juror, Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Light Factory Third Juried Annuale is an amazing collection of talent assembled from across the country.
With more than 130 talented photographers, it was challenging to winnow the field down. It was especially difficult when there were only a dozen photographers remaining in the pool. Selecting the final six was even more daunting. In the end, I am sure that the visitors to this exhibition will be pleased with both the quality and variety.
It just so happens that the final artists are evenly divided between traditional media – especially gelatin silver prints – and more cutting edge media in the realm of photography. The variety speaks to that of the field as a whole, a testimony to the vitality of photography in a new age where film and digital media have found themselves in complementary not competing roles.
I am also thrilled that so many of the half dozen artists selected are North Carolinians and Southerners; this speaks volumes to the state of photography in the South. Photography here, as elsewhere, has taken its rightful place as a major medium in the fine arts, something that has been far too long in coming.
I offer my congratulations to the six stellar artists who are exhibited here and to all those who submitted to The Light Factory Third Juried Annuale competition.
Diffusion focuses on unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork. We showcase artists working in alternative processes, experimental darkroom derived work, analog/low-fidelity, mixed-media photography, as well as unique digital processes. We believe the print market is saturated with traditional photography and conventional digital photographic practices, therefore Diffusion showcase’s artists working with unusual photographic methods.
Articles: Zeb Andrews & Dr. Mike Ware
Interviews and Portfolios: Jeffrey Baker, Tina Maas, Pamela Petro, & Sika Stanton
Group Showcase: Formerly and Hereafter, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit, Plates to Pixels Gallery with juror Christina Z. Anderson
From Blue Mitchell, the editor of Diffusion magazine
It seems every week I learn of a newspaper or magazine that is going under, most likely due to increased reliance on the internet, coupled with current economic problems. Unfortunately, I am probably part of the problem. Outside of public radio in the morning, I turn to the internet for my daily news. The internet also hosts a plethora of art related resources, making art appreciation more accessible. I do however find myself annoyed with the limitations of this online art world. To me photography is visceral. It can not be bound by a monitor and mouse clicks – it is best showcased in a tangible form. Don’t get me wrong, I have immensely enjoyed curating for the virtual gallery platestopixels.com. This magazine would probably not be possible without my experiences and the outstanding response to the Plates to Pixels gallery. The main problem I have come across in the online world of art is that would like to have hard-copies of magazines, books and images that I can grasp with my fingers.
Diffusion is born out of a longing to create something palpable as well as enticing, educational, and hopefully entertaining. I have a keen interest as an artist – and art consumer – in photographers that push the boundaries and limitations of traditional photographic processes. Although I surround myself with artwork from photographers that push these boundaries, I have discovered, outside of physical exhibitions and online, that this type of photographic work is underrepresented in the modern photography magazine.
Diffusion is a compilation of articles, interviews, and images from artists and image-makers that coincide with this purpose. The magazine will be published annually, however, we will be producing special editions periodically that will focus more on specific themes and will not be limited to the photographic arts.
Thanks for reading and viewing, plus a big thank you to all the Diffusion contributors, this could not have happened without all your patience, incredible image-making, and exceptional writing abilities.
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“Marguarite, State One” Liquid Light on stone by Pamela Petro
backlit pigment print from burnt transparency, 44″x30″, 2 panels.
This piece was created for the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts “Art on the Vine Auction” 2009.
See the full catalog here: ocac.edu/downloads/catalogs_schedules/AOVCatalog09.pdf