chair : arm, bench, cathedra, saddle, recliner, rocking, throne, papasan, wicker, wing, club, adirondack, barber, café, bombay, Bauhaus, chaise, Eames, musical, director’s, electric, hassock, butterfly, inflatable, high, lawn, tuffet, stool, folding, beanbag…
Many of us must have first memories of scooting from a festive throne, confident of toys. There is a Eugene Atget photograph of a lone chair out on a leaf strewn, heavy, balustraded Parisian veranda. There is a monument in Washington D.C. There is a story of Ulysses S. Grant trembling in Mathew Brady’s photography studio after a workman fell through a skylight and knocked him from his portrait chair. Rene Magritte painted a chair as a monument, as a man and as a seat for two lovers as fish. There are chairs for taking life and for blessing it. Jackie Kennedy sat smartly in chairs. Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp deciphered chairs. Warhol preferred stools. Mexican lovers move from sillas. I knew a guy once that made a chair out of rocks. Ed Sullivan watched a fellow and a lady balance each other on chairs. Ed Sullivan then let us all watch. Without chairs we would probably all eat at low tables. I sure miss my Granddad in his chair. My Aunt told me once about a lady that tripped over a little kid’s chair and never was the same. My brother put one of my little sister’s dollhouse chairs in the gold fish bowl – the fish seemed to like it. I like chairs.
Creativity is encouraged.
JUROR| Gayle Stevens will be the juror for “chair”. Ms. Stevens has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over twenty years. Her chosen medium is wet plate collodion for its fluidity and individuality. She exhibits extensively across the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and China. Ms. Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She is an educator, speaker, juror, curator and an active member of the photographic community. Named one of the Critical Mass Top Fifty Photographers for 2010 and 2014, she received second place in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards in 2011 and was named a finalist for the Clarence John Laughlin Award in 2012 and 2014. Her work has been featured in Fraction, Square, Shots, Diffusion, B + W Photography, South by Southeast and Fuzion magazines and in Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography. North Light Press published a book of Stevens’ work, Calligraphy, in their 11 + 1 Signature series. Christopher James will feature her work in the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Stevens’ work is widely collected and is part of the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Rockford Museum of Art and the Center for Fine Art Photography and recently the University of New Mexico Art Museum, among others. She divides her time shooting in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Downers Grove, Illinois, where she resides. Stevens is represented by Tilt Gallery, Catherine Couturier Gallery, and Gallery Kayafas and Paul Cava. And she loves chairs…..
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