FinkelsteinKatherine10

FinkelsteinKatherine18

Artist Biography

Katherine Finkelstein grew up in Los Angeles and received her BA in photography from Bard College in 2007. She lives and works as a photographer in New York City, freelancing for The Daily News.

Artist Statement

My photography is an ode to my cravings. Saturated colors, sexy flowers, sunlit flesh. An attempt to satiate all those desperate yearnings for the other: to touch, to feel, to capture. Youth expressed in lethargic ecstasy, a small sliver of lazy sensuality.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://katherinefinkelstein.com, http://katherinefinkelstein.blogspot.com

Email: katherine.finkelstein@gmail.com

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by Lexi

by Lexi

Artist Biography

Lexi Adams lives in Brooklyn, NY and is originally from the New Hampshire seacoast.  Her photographs have been featured on Nerve, i heart photograph, and in Humble Arts Foundation’s Group Show.

Artist Statement

What Comes After Utopia

Utopian visions transgress genres and ideologies: they can be post-apocalyptic, feminist, xenophobic, or ecological—peace-loving paradises or darker dystopias.  They can be sweepingly communal or personal and hermitic in scope.

This photo project explores ideas of utopia and dystopia through a lens aimed at the preservation of personal history and the projected fears and hopes for the future.  What tools might we need to tell our stories in utopia?  What symbols should we actively preserve—to sustain us, to comfort us, and to instruct a future society about our personal mythologies?

I am interested in the creation of identity and mythos through record-keeping, retold fables and future-based fantasies, and personal totems.

These images keep a visual diary of symbols, places, and objects that have been preserved for a dreamed-of utopia—and the darker fear of what comes after or instead of it. They are records to see us through a revolution and to the other side, offering scraps of stories for the rebuilding efforts.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://lexiphoto.org/

by ivy finkelstein

Artist Biography

Ivy Finkelstein, originally from California, is an artist living in Brooklyn. Ivy is currently studying photography at SVA. She is a polaroid photographer who often references film and a wonderment of the past in her work. Ivy began experimenting with polaroids during her junior high years and found the polaroid to be full of possibilities. She uses polaroids and photography in general as a diary for the history, knowledge and inspirations she’s acquired over the years.

Artist Statement

In this work, “Untitled”, I used the relationship between life and film as a reference point. The lives that we live and the films that we watch are inextricable. Films mirror our lives and our lives are sources for film.  With this idea, I have assembled polaroids that I’ve taken, film stills that I have taken from existing films, stamped quotes and found footage to create a new family album of the past, present and imaginary.
I believe that family photos are a collection of trips and memories that people have had that can seem completely unrelated except for the fact that they’re side by side on the wall, in an album or in a scrapbook. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what film it’s from or which quote is from what movie. The work that I’ve put up will hopefully speak to the viewer personally, and relate to their lives through a feeling they get when looking at it rather than focusing on a film or single image.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.polaroidandroid.com

Email: ivy@polaroidandroid.com

by William Knipscher

by William

Artist Biography

William Knipscher (b.1977) is a color photographer currently living in Washington, DC.  In 2008 he was awarded second place in the fine art category of the International Color Awards.  He holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and has exhibited in New York and Washington, DC.

Artist Statement

“Ground Truth”
The series is essentially a group of landscapes. Landscapes that convey the interaction of man and nature, they contain relatively little information and yet hold a sense of narrative. Each image is a careful deliberation, meditation on the moment when nothing becomes something. Nature slowly chips away at any landscape, no matter how small or imaginary, although we don’t often notice because the process is so slow. “Ground Truth” seeks to prolong a moment in time and linger over something that was, but which will not remain the same.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.williamknipscher.com
Email: william@williamknipscher.com

Kerns_hipster

Artist Biography

Christina Kerns is a New York City based artist who uses photography to create an alternate world using appropriated imagery. After leaving her home town of Oklahoma City, she moved to Brooklyn and received her BFA in Photography/ minor in Art History from Pratt Institute. She has been published and shown work in New York and London.

Much of her recent subject matter focuses on self perception in the modern day, and proposes questions about societal ideals, typecasting and how people respond to these concepts. This work proposes a push and pull of individual’s lust for uniqueness, with a need to fit in: a fundamental element of New York City.

Artist Statement

Christina Kerns’s dreamlike vignettes are created with appropriated imagery and small props. Using a Technicolor palette that makes the scenarios seem more imaginary than real, the images are initially set up as dioramas. Kerns’s jagged edges and deliberately messy composition mimic the rough way in which our memories are muddled together.

The images are culled from ideas and pictures we are bombarded with by mass media. Kerns’s mash-ups reflect the way films, games, magazines, and advertisements influence our thoughts and dreams and mesh together to form a skewed reminiscence of one’s past and of reality.

This work references the surreal and nostalgic sculptures of Joseph Cornell, the Dada collages of Hannah Höch and the postmodern photographs of Laurie Simmons; all of these artists create work with appropriated imagery in order to express societal conventions. Kerns’s work deals with stereotypes that permeate society–sexism, commercialism, prejudice—as well as the tragic nature of clichés. The unrefined, childlike and surprising methods of her constructions simultaneously poke fun at and pass judgment on the follies and foibles of our contemporary world.

Artist Contact Info

Website: www.christinakerns.com

Email: christinamkerns@gmail.com

Human Landscape

Artist Biography

Natalie Chan was born in Taiwan. She studied philosophy as an undergraduate and pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. She began to teach herself to use a camera in college. When not doing philosophy, she spent much of her time producing images. The more pictures she took, the more she realized that she enjoyed photography much more than philosophy. Photography expresses a more genuine version of her thoughts. Upon completing a masters degree in philosophy, she moved to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts.
Natalie has group shows coming up this fall: The 2nd Annual Governors Island Art Fair, and Color Matters, National Juried Exhibition, juried by Jen Mergel, Cohasset, MA. She is a recipient of the School of Visual Arts Photography Cage Scholarship in 2008.

Artist Statement

Waterland

New York to me is a playground of faces—some happy, some lonely, some childish, and some numb. I photograph people that catch my immediate attention—often those absorbed in their own world. In contrast, my photography of objects leads to a process of self-reflection. Many of my images are of single isolated objects; in a way they are portraits. However, they involve a different kind of perception. No one looks back at me or communicates with me, so rather than interpret someone else, I am forced to look more and more into myself. Nevertheless, both my photographs of people and of objects reflect my perspective of the world, my way of seeing. Many of the images in this series were shot close to the ocean: Coney Island, Liberty Island, Governor’s Island or the beaches of Long Island. The open sky and big white clouds is my favorite backdrop.

Waterland is an ongoing project.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.nataliechan.com

Email: natalie@nataliechan.com

by Kelly

Artist Biography

Kelly Shimoda was born in California and raised in Connecticut. Her ancestors hail from the British and Japanese isles, though her family now lives in North America. She first started taking photographs while a high school student in northwestern Connecticut, where her primary subjects were friends, children, strangers, and their respective behaviors and movements.

She has lived in Maine and Rhode Island, where she graduated from Brown University with a degree in Latin American Studies and American Civilization. Her interest in photography can be traced further back to her paternal grandfather who was arrested during World War II for possessing a 5×7 Curtis Color Camera, which the United States government believed to be a sign of subversion to the national war effort.

She has lived in Nantes, France, Golfito, Costa Rica, and Barcelona, Spain.  After successive years working in the fields of international education and communications, Kelly completed the International Center of Photography’s Program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism in 2005.  Kelly has spent the intervening years utilizing both her grandfather’s, and her own, cameras, as she continues documenting human behavior and communication.

She has lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and now lives in Beacon, New York with her husband Neil and their cat, Pearl.  Her recent appearances and publications include The New York Times, the Jen Bekman Gallery, CITY Magazine, Le Monde 2, Visão,  and La Repubblica delle Donne, among others.

Artist Statement

I capture images to feed my obsession with the intricacies of human behavior and communication in the modern world.  I am fascinated by the way that humans interact with each other and their environments.  Through both still and moving images, I examine encounters, moments, and arrangements of objects that reveal patterns in our collective actions, and insight into our collective psychology.

Rather than telling stories in a traditional documentary fashion, I am more concerned with finding and sharing images that are quiet and subtly iconic, and that resonate with viewers emotionally, such that they might feel more connected to the world, or gain a level of awareness about themselves and their surroundings that they did not previously have.

I photograph because the content of a flat image can be composed to show people something they have not seen before, yet something that seems strangely familiar.  I want to challenge people to slow down, reflect, and hopefully gain some degree of introspection.  The ultimate satisfaction in my work is channeling my obsession into a force for greater human understanding.

Artist Contact Info

Website: www.kellyshimoda.com
Email: kellyshimoda@yahoo.com