Artists in Conversation Program

This series is written by DZINE Gallery curator Philip Bewely

I was delighted to be the moderator of DZINE Gallery’s very first Artists in Conversation event on July 22. This program will accompany every art exhibition at DZINE and is an opportunity for the public to hear the artists describe in their own words their process and the ideas that inform their work. This series is a separate event from the opening reception, and allows art collectors, designers, fellow artists and anyone interested in the arts to gain a deeper and richer understanding of the art and the artists that are presented in the exhibition.

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Three contemporary photographers – Thomas Heinser, Kari Orvik and Johnna Arnold – discussed their work in an evening conversation for DZINE Gallery’s “…And Everything in Between.” Each photographer incorporates the contemporary landscape as subject in his or her work, but utilizes different techniques, points of view and reference: Heinser described how his aerial photography looks at the landscape as visual abstractions; Orvik incorporates the historical process of tintype to create a document of a neighborhood and city experiencing rapid change; and Arnold inserts herself into her photographs set in contemporary landscapes adjacent to freeways and parking lots. The photographers are documenting often-overlooked spaces, those places “in between.”

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I was delighted to see how many people attended this event. Looking out into the crowd, I recognized designers, architects, artists and contemporary photographers; people from different disciplines and backgrounds that perhaps may not have met before, now gathered together in dynamic engagement with the artists and each other. That is exactly what I had hoped for and more.

We look forward to you joining us for our next Artists in Conversation event in the spring of 2016. Please join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming dates.

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