Photography and Art Journal (1) 5/26/2006 16:47
Photography and Art Journal: May 25, 2006

Photographic Resource Center at BU: this is an educational, training, exhibiting, and resource center that support both amateur and professional photographers. There are five to six shows each year, usually showing work of mid-career photographers. There are solo, group shows held in their gallery and there is also online exhibition. They curate the group shows and usually don't accept guest curator. There are totally 4 people who work full-time at the center. Leslie K. Brown is the curator.

There are a few ways to get involved:
(1) Be a member;
(2) Participate the “monthly critique group”: email;
(3) Try in the future to apply for the “PRC member exhibition annual” .
(4) There is a printing workshop coming soon. However, it is about silver print not digital print.

Robert Klein Gallery: this gallery is dedicated to showing fine art of photography

38 Newbury St | 4th floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, United States
Tel: (617) 267-7997

The current exhibition is on Elliot Erwitt’s work.

I went there yesterday. In one photo, there are two paintings on the wall facing the audience. In one painting, there is a nude woman lying on bed; while in another, the same woman in the same posture has clothes on. In front of the nude, men were collected. The only female audience was appreciating the non-nude painting.

The photographer Elliot Erwitt (1928 - ) was born in Paris of Russian parents. When interviewed by Joe Gioia who has been a senior editor at Modern Photography, and a Camera columnist for the New York Times, on the electronic alteration of photographs, he was quoted: “I'm almost violent about that stuff -- electronic manipulation of pictures. I think it's an abomination. I reject it all. I mean, it's OK for selling corn flakes or automobiles or for taking pimples out of Elizabeth Taylor's face, but it undermines the thing that photography is about, which is about observation and not about manipulation of images."

“I often bark at dogs. Not just because it’s fair, since they bark at people, but because I might provoke a reaction that works on film.”

Some people may argue that by provoking a reaction from the dog for a photo is also a kind of manipulation. I guess in a way it is about interactions between the artists and the world in different stages. Nonetheless, the process of arts in the above two scenarios probably do bear certain aesthetic and philosophical differences.

Pepper Gallery at the same address on 38 Newbury,

“is committed to showing representational and abstract artwork including, paintings, prints, drawings and photographs by living artists - both well-established and emerging. Located on Boston's Newbury Street, the Gallery rotates exhibitions approximately every five weeks with a mix of solo shows and group exhibitions.” (

Although, I thought I had explored all of the galleries on Newbury, I missed some of the jewels hidden inside of the buildings. Pepper Gallery is one of them, located on the 4th floor at 38 Newbury Street.

Current exhibition is on the collage works by Marcus Kenny of Savannah, Georgia. He used found objects, dated books and discarded materials to make his art work to reflect his view on contemporary social issues: such as race, socially prescribed roles, materialism, and environmental issues, etc. For a long time, I have been holding onto my natural instinct (or you can call it my stereotype) against visual arts whose inception is conceptual rather than directly visual. However, I have to say that after seeing Marcus’ work, I am deeply impressed and intrigued, not only because I also see my own humble art work as a way of promoting a kind of life philosophy to live simple and in harmony with nature, but also that his work is appealing both in color, in composition, and in its detailed execution. They are visual art work that tells stories.

I talked to the woman who was at the gallery about the artist and it turned out that she is the director and owner of the gallery. Her name is Audrey and she originally came from New York. It was such a delight and wonderful experience to hear her talking about how she sees the work, and how she selects whose work to show. Most of the time, the artists will have to send their work, bio, artist statement to the curator applying for acceptance to show in the gallery. In the case of artist Marcus, Audrey told me that she indeed found him and his work in a show in New York City and invited him for the solo show in the Pepper Gallery. The artist refused to give an artist statement to explain his work. I am not sure whether he wants the audience to come up freely with their own interpretation, or there are some issues expressed in his work maybe sensitive. Of course, it could be because of both. Anyway, the experience was good and the work is truly authentic. You can see the work by clicking this page: (

Though I still urge you to take a stroll and visit the gallery.

Lost In The Word Pt. 4, 2006, 24" x 24",
original typed sermon, vintage wallpaper,
paint by number, acrylic, vinyl, hallmark card,
and medium on canvas

Worecester Art Museum is currently showing "Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Steven Shore 1968 - 1993" (through June 25) or 508-799-4406

I have not yet seen the show but is planning to go before it ends. There are more than 80 large-format color photos. It is unblievable that Shore sold several photos to the Museum of Modern Art at age 14. At age 24 he was the first living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the MoMA (cited from New England's Culture Magazine: Artscope). The admission is free every Saturday between 10 am - 12 noon.
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