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June 19, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

“American Portraits” at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition and Conference Center on July 4th, 2011

We’re in final stages of planning for the art exhibition in Memorial Park on July 4th and we now have available some short bios and links to further information on the five selected artists (image by Mike Sinclair). See you there:

John Lucas is a Claremont-based photographer and documentary film-maker who specializes in issues of American identity. For the last several decades he has photographed flags, festivals, and protests across the country. His images can be found at www.americanstill.com. His work has been exhibited in galleries in the United States, Belgium, France, and Mexico. Information about his current project, a documentary about the American criminal justice system and four young felons from Akron, Ohio known as the “Cooler Bandits”, can be viewed at www.coolerbandits.com.

Dan Tague is a New Orleans-based artist whose work focuses on the idea of Freedom and the financial costs of war. Represented by the Jonathon Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, his pieces are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles, among others. His latest work, a series entitled “Live Free or Die” features a series of crumpled up dollar bills, with the lettering aligned to spell out words and phrases, such as “I HATE WAR” and “YES WE CAN.” Images can be seen at www.dantaguestudio.com.

Mike Sinclair is an architectural and fine art photographer based in Kansas City, Missouri. His photographs are frequently published in Dwell, Architectural Record, The New York Times and Interior Design. His work is part of several public collections including The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Examples of Sinclair’s lushly colored candid photos of public gatherings can be seen at http://homepage.mac.com/mike_sinclair/index.html.

Jonathan Traviesa is a traditional portrait photographer who has spent the past few years documenting the people of New Orleans, the city where he lives. Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator, Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has this to say about Traviesa’s work: “Traviesa’s photographs delight the eye and thrill the heart. In addition, they reflect something often lost in contemporary art practice: patience and real communication between artist and sitter. In essence, Traviesa allows himself to be a medium through which he and the residents of New Orleans can express their desires, worries, thoughts, and dreams.” Traviesa’s book Portraits: Photographs in New Orleans, 1998-2009 is available at Amazon.com.

David Olivier is a New Orleans blogger who has been documenting his family and the city he loves since just before Hurricane Katrina flooded his house. The images of his young daughters living and playing in the city after the worst man-made disaster in American history are both beautiful and haunting. The images we intend to exhibit are primarily family portraits that David has shared on his long-running blog. Examples of relevant work can be seen in the 2006 images from www.slimbolala.blogspot.com. The blog has received hundreds of thousands of hits to date, but this will be the first time David has shown the photos in a gallery setting. His blog titles and text will be exhibited alongside the images.

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