The Collective: Home July 11th - September 12th, 2020 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
“Home is where we tie one end of the thread of life.” Martin Buxbaum
This theme calls upon our Collective of photographers to consider the many ways we respond visually to ‘Home’.
Is ‘Home’ a “a state of mind “ as Stephen Davis writes while he works through feelings of love of family and loss of friends during the time of a pandemic? Certainly, Brandy Sebastian’s elaborate still lifes express her state of mind and represent love and family, physical and mental health and an attempt at order from chaos.
Or, is ‘Home’ the literal brick and mortar of our existence? The affection Andrea Matthies feels for her new home in Valley Center is reflected in her haunting pinhole images and Deb Hellman’s rediscovery of her declining childhood playhouse is a wistful memory of a time long past. Emily Kim’s lovely platinum prints from the rustic home of Kim and Gina Weston in Carmel suggest a welcoming warmth. Barbara Beck’s warmly printed images of the structural remnants of California’s gold and silver rush reveal expectations gone awry. Bob Younger’s large format photographs carefully consider California’s faded western history, both classic and contemporary.
Tom Vancisin shows us a kind of dark beauty in New York’s forlorn walkups, water towers looming over dingy windows. Terry Allen gives us a slice of space between two homes-almost a desperate emptiness.
A few of our group chose to photograph their musings on the mundane within their home. Robert Barry sees worlds contained in his coffee, Keiko Yamasaki sees her world contained in a cabinet.
And for Grant Brittain ‘Home’ is Community. He photographs his skate community in a wild parade with hundreds of skaters riding in downtown San Diego, each energetically supporting Black Lives Matter.
Each of our artists has engaged their heart in the searching pursuit of ‘Home’. There is much more to see here. You are invited to view the work and consider what you might refer to as HOME.
Donna Cosentino, Director
“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to." Charles Dickens
OUR COLLECTIVE IS: TERRY SCOTT ALLEN ï ROBERT BARRY ï BARBARA BECK ï GRANT BRITTAIN ï DONNA COSENTINO ï STEPHEN DAVIS ï CARLA DeDOMINICIS ï DEB HELLMAN ï BOB AND SUSAN HILL ï EMILY KIM ï ANDREA MATTHIES ï BRANDY SEBASTIAN ï TOM VANCISIN ï KEIKO YAMASAKI ï BOB YOUNGER