Photography Now

With concurrent exhibit by Gwen Laine

Michael Warren Contemporary

March 5 – April 13, 2019

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, March 7 (5-8pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, March 15 (6-8pm)
  • Richard Eisen discusses his photography: Saturday, March 16 (10:30am – 12pm)
  • First Friday Art Walk, April 5 (6-9pm)
Service Station No.1 by Dallas Parkins

We are excited to grow our photography program within the gallery – in this edition of Month of Photography, we will showcase work by Robert Brinker, Richard Eisen, Liz Hickok, Fred Hodder, Heidi Jung, Kely McClung, Peter Olson, Dallas Parkins, Paul Sisson, and Sherry Wiggins.

Robert Brinker uses an analog approach to creating abstract work that looks like digital manipulation. His light, airy works are actually photographs of transparent sculpture that he makes in his studio. The light shining through his columnar transparencies leave the viewer questioning what is foreground and what is background.

Richard Eisen creates fantastical landscapes out of dried flowers. Shooting the work through transparent acrylic, he establishes luminous, colorful, 3-dimensional compositions of other-worldly flora that are familiar but not immediately recognizable.

Liz Hickok establishes microenvironments out of crystals that she grows in her studio. Her images are magnified and photographed with time-lapsed shutter release so that she can document the consumptive properties of nature.

Fred Hodder and his wife Monroe collaborated on this series of images while working in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The Hodders fused Monroe’s abstract paintings with Fred’s photography as a means of relating their 21st century perspective to the historical architecture and sculpture of Rome.

Heidi Jung and her husband spent the winter of 2017 in Mexico – immersing themselves in the culture and working on art. The boxed portfolio of black and white iPhone images document their time in Isla Mujeres.

Kely McClung’s ongoing series Falling Up points skyward. His images of skyscrapers are taken from the vantage point of the alleyways in Chicago. Peter Olson’s street photography is of the moment – grandmothers taking selfies and pedestrians talking on cellphones. He fires the images on wheel-thrown ceramic vessels that he makes to use as the substrate for his photography.

Dallas Parkins sets his focus on chronological imprint of urban decay. Using buildings in various states of disrepair, his works suggests a vitality that has long been forgotten.

Paul Sisson continues his ongoing series Not So Far From Here. Sisson’s work most often documents what he sees along the side of the road and points clues of the people who have passed before him. While some of his works have a sense of melancholy and others a humorous wit – his compositions always have a graphic quality and beg for a head-turning second look.

Sherry Wiggins inserts herself into her images. Often thought of as performance, they seem cross genres – as she puts it, she is “performing the drawing.” The works completed at the Obras Foundation in Portugal are done in response to conceptual artist Helena Ameida as part of Wiggins’ ongoing series “Searching Selves: An Intersubjective Practice with Remarkable Women Artists of the 20th Century.”

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204