Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Portfolio Showcase Artists: Ashley Kauschinger

Leaving behind family and friends to move cross-country can be hard, but for Ashley Kauschinger it led to inspiration. In her series Hot Skin, Kauschinger expresses the mixed emotions present in exploring a new environment with the romanticized view of the past. While navigating her own move from Atlanta, Georgia to small town Texas, she realized that she was presented with a creative opportunity. “It felt like a crucial time to start investigating memories of my past, my relationships, and my present discoveries of everyday life. I think the project naturally evolved, as I understood myself, my environment, and what I wanted to share as the series grew.”

                                         Self-portrait Without You

Remembrances and discoveries are certainly clear in this series. Images such as Self-portrait Without You and On Your Birthday present a juxtaposition between longing for the familiar while simultaneously exploring a new surrounding and identity. Much of these emotions come from Kauschinger’s writing, which she uses to explore ideas before shooting.

"My photographs always begin with a pen. The emotion in my work comes from free writing to get all my feelings and thoughts out in the open. I then go through and underline thoughts that keep coming up and come to an idea of what is going on in my life that I need to create work about."
                                         On Your Birthday

Tapping into these important emotions then allows her to create abstracts and finally stage scenes around her house. Using a view camera, Kauschinger then patiently waits for the sunlight to reach the perfect angle. Her patience pays off: the way the light falls in patterns and shapes is integral to many of her images, evoking the silent passage of time.

                                         The State Line

The inspiration that Kauschiner draws from words extends to song lyrics as well. She looks to music “that is poetic and has concrete imagery,” citing artists such as Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen, Loretta Lynn, and Rilo Kiley. She also has a deep admiration for female photographers such as Sally Mann, Francesca Woodman, and Cig Harvey, hoping to one day join their ranks.

"I think that over the last few decades there has been a growing tradition of women delving into their worlds and discovering what their lives mean through photography. I hope to one day feel like I participated in [that] line of photographers..." 


Kauschinger is certainly taking the right steps to achieve that goal. There are many new opportunities for burgeoning photographers to have their work seen, and it’s important for young artists to take advantage of them. “I am at the beginning of my career, and I am figuring out what success means in the marriage between photography and myself.” How does Kauschinger define success for herself and her work? “I would define success in photography as continuing to be seen by your chosen audience.” And she is well on her way.

Hot Skin will be on view in The Kiernan Gallery as part of our Portfolio Showcase from July 18 - August 25.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Announcement: New Call For Entry!

Still Life: The Art of Arrangement
Deadline: August 20, 2012
Exhibition: October 3 - 27
Opening Reception: October 5

From Dutch masters’ paintings to contemporary photography, the still life has played an important role in art history. This genre grants the artist complete control over their subjects allowing unparalleled ability to select details and manipulate the scene.

Still lifes often employ symbolism, where the objects assume their own character and identities. An entire story can be told with the arrangement of a few items. Toys, dolls, and household goods become surrogates, and natural life is given a persona. For Still Life: The Art of Arrangement The Kiernan Gallery seeks evocative and symbolic still life images.

For this exhibition juror Jason Landry will select up to 30 images for display in the main gallery and up to an additional 40 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and Director’s Choice will also be announced. All photographic media are encouraged.

About the Juror
Jason Landry is the Owner/Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1971, Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States specializing in contemporary, modern and vintage photography. Landry brings over 20 years of business management and fine art photography experience to the gallery. He regularly attends portfolio review events and photography art fairs both nationally and internationally, has juried group exhibitions, and has lectured at regional and national art colleges and universities. Landry received an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He and his wife Anne are avid photography collectors and he is a Corporator on the Board of Directors for the Griffin Museum of Photography.

For more information and to see submission guidelines visit: www.kiernangallery.com 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Writing a Resume

Resumes are essential in any profession, and photography is no exception. Like a cover letter, your resume should be tailored to your audience, whether it is a gallery, an agent, or the general web-viewing public. As a gallerist, I see a lot of resumes come across my desk and computer screen. I thought that I’d share my own resume preferences and give you some helpful tips. Remember that there are also countless online resources and examples to consult as well.

  1. One Page
Avoid putting your life story in resume form. That summer camp job when you were 17? Not very relevant on your artist resume. Nor is the high school you attended (unless you are in high school). I realize that sometimes artists, especially emerging artists, feel the need to include every award, exhibition, or publication that they have ever won or taken part in. Try to avoid this. An eight-page resume will not impress me, and instead suggests that you have trouble editing. While it is worthwhile to have a master list of your every accomplishment, only the most relevant, important, and recent items are worthy of your resume. If it is currently longer than one page, slim your resume down so that only your latest and greatest are presented.

  1. Fonts
While script and curly-cues look nice on a wedding invitation, they are not well suited for a resume. A san-serif font is great for a clean, easy-to-read look. I personally like to use optima and gill sans light.

  1. Contact Information
Include your contact info on everything: cover letters, CVs, Artist statements, etc. It’s a great idea to create a standard heading design to put on all of them. Make sure to include:

-       Your name (This sounds obvious, but be sure to include it, even within your own website.)

-       Your phone number and website (for non-web resumes especially)

-       Email

If you’re mailing your resume to anyone as part of a packet, it is a great idea to include your address. If you have a website, it’s a good idea to have your resume available as a PDF download.

  1. Organization
List the most recent items first. In art (and business), it’s not what you’ve done, it’s what you’ve done lately. In terms of organization, I like to see things broken down into these categories:

-       Education. (example: 1980 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Photography, magna cum laude)

-       Awards and Exhibitions. (if you are condensing your resume, write “Selected Awards and Exhibitions”)

-       Publications. (Publications are: online magazines, anything with an ISBN, and catalogues that are available for sale outside of the gallery. Try to keep “Publications” to features that were about you or writings you have done. Commissioned work for a magazine like Elle would go in another section.

-       Experience should be teaching, assistant work, gallery work, wedding or event photography as a profession, etc., but should not include one-time events or commissions (they would be clients or part of your portfolio, but not experience).

-       Clients. (example: “Clients include: Bath Country Club [that charity golf tournament you shot once or twice], Elle Magazine, spring 2014 [that commission you had]”)
While it can be very tempting to try to make your resume stand out stylistically to show off your creativity, it is always in your best interest to make it look clean and organized. Not only will that make you look more professional, but it will also let your accomplishments speak for themselves.