Take Flight, March 2 - 29, 2014
Opening Reception: March 7
Humans have always desired to take to the skies. Fascinated by flight, we construct machines to propel us into the air; from kites and hot air balloons to supersonic jets. We admire birds and costume ourselves with wings, imagining what it would be like to fly without assistance. ForTake Flight, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images of and about defying gravity.
About the Juror:
Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson is an artist, curator, and educator based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism and was an adjunct Professor there from 2005-2006. Schlesinger Hanson has exhibited widely at Southwest regional institutions such as the Marion Center for Photographic Arts (SFUAD) and the Santa Fe Art Institute, as well as national institutions such as the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Chelsea Art Museum. Her work has been published online and in print with international publications such as Black and White Magazine U.S and UK, Diffusion Magazine and Fotoritim. Schlesinger Hanson is represented in many public collections, including the Southeast Museum of Photography, FL; The New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. She has received several honors in recognition of her work including a Golden Light Award in Landscape Photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops and the Center for Contemporary Arts Photography Auction Award in Santa Fe, New Mexico, both in 2005. She has been awarded many distinctive nominations such as the Santa Fe Prize for Photography by the Center and the Eliot Porter Fellowship by the New Mexico Council for Photography. She was the Assistant Director of Santa Fe Art Institute from 2003-2005 and has been the Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography since 2005.
One of my favorite, most rewarding aspects of my career in Photography is editing and curating. I'm always honored to receive an opportunity to curate an exhibition, and especially the theme here, Take Flight, a subject that intrigues me in my own exploration of photography as well. The idea of Flight has been a curiosity of Humans since our existence and an investigation still going on today through our innovations into Space. Of course when I think of Flight I not only think literally, but of the many metaphorical and philosophical interpretations including freedom and independence, as well fear and a sense of uncomfortableness.
There were many great submissions to this exhibition and narrowing the final Gallery exhibition down to 25 images was quite tough. As is always the case when curating an exhibition, the images on the walls need to work off one another in a cohesive, narrative way. So there were many times I found myself pulling images out of the exhibition, despite their creators' sure talent and abilities. The images in the Gallery exhibition, in my opinion not only work well on their own individually, but they create a story of Flight. In addition, I found the quality of these images to be worthy of inclusion on the Kiernan's Gallery's walls. Kudos the all the photographers and thank you for your submissions!