Matthew Gamber (b. 1977) holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University, and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. Recent exhibitions include: Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2012 The 2012 deCordova Biennial, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2012; Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, Magenta Foundation, Toronto, CA, 2011; The Sum of All Colors, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, 2011. Awards include: Traveling Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2011; Humble Art Foundation, New Photography Grant, 2011; Grant Recipient, LEF Foundation, New England (awarded for Big RED & Shiny), 2007 & 2005.
Green State University where he was trained in photography and painting and his work seeks to “dissect and understand the entrenched power of images and photography in our
culture and the changing nature of the photographic image”. I’m showing some selections from his project, American Bigfoot is Monkey Suit.
included in many juried and curated exhibitions both locally and nationally
including the Hagedorn Gallery in Atlanta for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography
festival and MOCA Cleveland.
abroad. David was selected for the prestigious Lens Culture
International Exposure Award 2011 and most recently, was awarded the Freestyle
Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White
Photography. Within the last year,
David was awarded the Nathan Cummings Foundation $5000 travel grant that funded
a trip to France and England. This
opportunity enabled him to investigate the resurgence of antiquated processes
at its source and their application in contemporary photography. Currently he is working on two new bodies of work as an
Artist-in-Residence at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona.
pleasure from exploring its past and discovering how that past relates to where
the medium is today. Photography
is in the era of megapixels and I have made the conscious decision to embrace
the processes and elements of display from
photography’s past. This is
not to say that I have rejected the digital era. I, too, own a digital camera, but have chosen to conduct a
constant search to understand everything photography is, and could be.
Exposures, I have used 35mm film canisters that were discarded by my
“Introduction to Photography” students as a base to hold their portraits. I employed a labor-intensive, 19th
century, chemical photographic procedure known as the wet plate collodion
process to make the students’ photographs on the very film canisters that
played a crucial role in their initial understanding of photography. The canisters and the process I used
speak of the evolving nature of photography, representation, and culture. By mining the history of photography, I
can find the relevance of my work today.
One of the best rewards of being in Boston last week was meeting photographers. I’ve been a fan of Matthew Gamber and his compelling imagery that challenges us to rethink how we see, think about and perceive color, so it was great to finally put a name to a face at the Flash Forward Festival.
Matthew holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. His star is on the rise as his work seems to be everywhere: included in the 2012 deCordova Biennial, the the Abstract Photography Then and Now exhibition at the deCordova, at the Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, and last year at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York. He has also been granted numerous awards and fellowships, and just got off the plane from Santa Fe, where he attended Review Santa Fe.
The photographs in Any Color You Like are an experiment in how photography can confuse our perception of information. These photographs represent objects whose primary function is to simulate our observation of color. When these items are rendered in a traditional black–and–white format, the information that remains is merely an abstraction of its previous form.
Brandon Juhasz is an artist living in Cleveland Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. Trained in photography and painting his work seeks to dissect and understand the entrenched power of images and photography in our culture and the changing nature of the photographic image. His work has been included in many juried and curated exhibitions both locally and nationally including the Hagedorn Gallery in Atlanta and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. He also was featured on the popular photography blog Lenscratch and as a contender in the 2011 edition of the international photo competition Hey Hot Shot.