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Photography with a twist at Carriage Barn

Published 12:37 pm, Saturday, December 28, 2013

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  • Paul Berger's photograph "Stars and Stripes" will be part of the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 34th annual Photography Show, which opens Saturday, Jan. 11. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Paul Berger's photograph "Stars and Stripes" will be part of the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 34th annual Photography Show, which opens Saturday, Jan. 11. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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One area of focus of the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 34th annual Photography Show, which opens Saturday, Jan. 11, is innovative presentation and process.

Noteworthy techniques were of particular interest to juror Laura Einstein and Co-Directors Arianne Kolb and Eleanor Flatow. Einstein was a curator of Chinese Art at Yale University and is now an independent curator and consultant, who also works at the Glass House and Silvermine Art Guild.

The exhibition at Carriage Barn in Waveny Park in New Canaan will continue through Feb. 9. An opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Awards will be announced at the opening reception.

Carrie Brady's interactive photo montage, consisting of three images on aluminum panel, is mounted as a triptych. The viewer can rotate the photos 360 degrees to create different presentations. Using this technique, Brady empowers the viewer to become involved in the creative process. Her nonstatic approach is also displayed in her large collage of nine 12-by-12-inch aluminum prints, which can be interchanged and rotated, thereby altering the overall effect.

The lenticular photos by Miggs Burroughs act as prisms and change as the viewer shifts position. One moment you see a specific person and the next you see a completely different person or image. In 1692, a French painter named Bois-Clair invented the lenticular process, which allowed him to display two pieces of art within one frame. Burroughs merges two digital photos into one, using 30 stripes to the inch, and then laminates it with an optical plastic that has 30 grooves to the inch.

"I am intrigued by all the changes and transitions -- large and small, real and imagined -- that are part of our daily lives. The lenticular process allows me to explore these experiences in a fresh and somewhat cinematic way," he said.

Many of the photographs in the exhibition incorporate mixed media and present various experimental processes.

Hans Neleman's Self-Portrait with a Tulip incorporates acetate, wood and oil paint. His portraiture reflects his interest in Old Masters, such as Rembrandt.

The Dutch-born artist, who is based in New York and New Canaan, is an award-winning commercial and artistic photographer, as well as the founder of WINk magazine.

Gavin Benjamin also shares the sensibilities and layering techniques of Old Masters by sealing his photographs with multiple layers of polyurethane, providing his work with a luscious painterly effect.

Martie Mackay's large photographs of a tree bark and peonies are printed on canvas, which also give them a painted quality.

Phyllis Sinrich's photos of mannequins printed on aluminum have a super glossy and luminous quality, heightening the artificiality of the subject matter.

The handmade paper of Marjorie Tomchuk's photo collage provides the piece with a wonderful texture.

One's eye is also drawn to the jewel-like quality of Hal Schwartz's platinum palladium prints, which stem from his application of 24k gold leaf.

The exhibition, which will also feature photos by talented high school students, is sponsored by Bankwell, Whole Foods Market in Darien, Playland Preschool, New Canaan Wine Merchants and Karl Chevrolet.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-972-1895 or visit carriagebarn.org.