November 2019 Exhibitions at Studio Gallery

By Editorial Team on October 29, 2019
Red Snapper, Harriet Lesser, Mixed Media on Paper. Courtesy of Studio Gallery.
First Friday Reception: Friday, November 1 from 6pm to 8pm
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, November 9 from 4pm to 6pm

In Studio Gallery’s annual photography exhibition, 15 DC-based photographers investigate the nature of Lost/Found. Using a variety of different photographic genres, including fine art, social documentary, photojournalism, and mixed media, the artists picture their personal perceptions of rootedness and alienation, presence and absence, and remembrance and the forgotten.

The show follows the Gallery’s well-received 2018 exhibit Narrative, which the City Paper selected as one of the 5 best
photography exhibits of the year. Many of the same artists, along with the curatorial team, will be featured in Lost/Found.

Photographers represented include: Gary Anthes, Iwan Bagus, Matt Francisco, Soomin Ham, Leena Jayaswal, Jeremy Limerick, Kim Llerena, Steven Marks, Kadeem Morris, Chris Prosser, Rania Razek, Schaun Shroth, Alexandra Silverthorne, Langley Spurlock, and Fred Zafran.

The show is curated by Leena Jayaswal, photography professor at American University, Iwan Bagus, photography professor at the University of the District of Columbia, and Steven Marks, Studio Gallery.

“The notion of Lost and Found is fundamental to photography,” said Steven Marks, speaking for the curators. “Indeed, the very essence of the art form is its uncanny ability to give presence to something that is absent. It is, in other words, a way of mourning something that is no longer there, save in the picture, or, today via digital processes, a means to find something that was always lost or never here at all.”

Harriet Lesser
Consider the marvels of fish and the human relationship with them. They exist in an element we crave, admire, and need for our own existence. There are millions of them. Their beauty is magnified under water. They don’t speak, but they travel in “schools.” Their bodies are emotional tools. We fish for them with complex apparatus. We kill and eat them. We hear they are healthy for us.

I consider the art of the fly fishing. Casting like like a drawing in the air, making an introduction, a conversation with the fish.

“Flash of silver, splash
Fish spinning from a barbed mouth
Inner gills blood red” -Calvin Olson