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MICA Photo is proud to announce that alum, Eric Helgas (2012), has been featured in PDN’s annual list of “30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch” for 2017. Here is the text from PDN.com about Eric, and his work:
“Eric Helgas has long been a fan of reality television, but he’s less fascinated with the lifestyles or the characters it presents than the facade itself. “I feel like I have a critical eye and I’m interested in looking beyond the constructed images of media and fashion,” he says.
Many of his conceptual still lifes and portraits are influenced by manufactured TV realities, and using bright light often helps him execute his vision. “It adds an artificial element. The idea of a set becomes way more apparent when there’s a blatant use of light,” he says. “I think the use of flash adds a performative quality to the work.”
Helgas began working in photography as a studio manager and assistant for Ryan Pfluger in New York. During that year, Helgas started marketing himself beyond social media by sending postcards to about 15 photo editors. “I was reaching out to people I thought I could actually make pictures for,” he says.
About a week later, a Bloomberg Businessweek editor called him to do a shoot that night for a story about what was then called the Apple iWatch. He shot an iPhone taped to a friend’s wrist.
He left Pfluger’s studio a few months later, and began emailing editors to request meetings. That effort led to work from The New Yorker, and other clients followed.
“Eric’s photographic style is unique because of the way he’s able to reimagine the familiar into something that feels slightly offbeat, unexpected and, therefore, striking and new,” says Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor at The New Yorker.
Bohnacker sees Helgas as a “grade-A troubleshooter” who understands that images have to fit the esthetic style of her magazine. Bohnacker says, “He’ll push the subjects, the publicists, whoever it might be, to give him a little something extra.”
—Mindy Charski” – content courtesy of PDN.com
The applications deadline is March 24th by 11:59pm. The full time faculty will select the top 3 candidates to pass forward to Aperture.
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Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE is excited to announce Jennifer Grimyser’s solo exhibition, “”Air Quotes. The exhibition will open on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be on view through Saturday April 15, 2017. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 7pm-10pm.
Photography is known for its contentious history surrounding issues of body politics and legitimacy. Our understanding of history is greatly influenced by the reliance on pictorial memory. Today, society has difficulty discerning a multitude of independent objectives. Manipulation and speed are fundamental to our visceral and political landscapes, contributing to our inability to decipher raw data in real time.
The cultural phenomenon of hyper-connectivity has institutionalized the id.
The physical gesturing of air “quotes” signals the critique of falsehood, similar to the way in which the snap of the fingers punctuates the urgency of time. Jennifer Grimyser’s exhibition “”Air Quotes examines the cultural conditioning through which digital photography desensitizes society’s preconceived ideas around the manipulated image. The exhibition is at the juncture of digitization and the aesthetics of a studio-based practice. Jennifer Grimyser’s photography utilizes both iconography and language for a comparative synthesis of play, physicality, and medium. The process is unique where the photographs are reconstructed in physical space rather than through digital manipulated means.
Jennifer Grimyser was born in Milwaukee, WI and received a BFA from MICA and an MFA from Hunter College. She has presented solo exhibitions at Bronx River Arts Center and Solo(s) Project House. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous group exhibitions including galleries such as Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Lesley Heller Workspace, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Islip Art Museum, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Bronx Art Space, and galleries at both Rutgers University and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been awarded studio residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and NARS Foundation. Jennifer has published two limited-edition artist books through Women’s Studio Workshop and Kayrock Screenprinting. Her work is featured in several collections including Walker Arts Center, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
MICA Photo is proud to announce these upcoming exhibitions featuring the work Tatiana Gulenkina (Class of 2011). Here is her “newsletter” describing her future shows…
One of my works is included in the annual Spring/Break Art Show by Washington, DC curator Dawne Langford. The initiative offers independent curators free space to realize their projects, and this year’s show is taking place at 4 Times Square in New York during the Armory Week. Stop by and say hi!
With support of Artsy, Spring/Break also hosts an art auction to benefit chashama, a nonprofit organization that nurtures artistic communities in New York City and beyond. You can now bid on my and other artists’ work on-line to help fund their programs.
Grateful to see my work, along with many other outstanding images by Washington, DC photographers, included in UnPresidented photo book, documenting the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Exhibit and book launch is scheduled for April, 28, 2017. Stay tuned for more updates!
Lastly, my portrait of street photographer Messay Shoakena will be included in 202 Creates exhibition taking place at WeDC House in Austin, TX during SXSW, March 12-14, 2017. Stop by if you’re attending the festival!