ATLANTA - Hagedorn Foundation Gallery is pleased to present a two-person lens based exhibition “New Takes”. Artists Matthew Gamber and Peter Bahouth investigate various approaches to the photographic image, which resonate with a discourse about the philosophy of the medium, and tag ideas about the psychology of perception. Gamber’s work is abstract and technical, using photograms, abstracted photographs, and the projected image to open up a dialogue about surface information and culture. Bahouth’s presentation, the debut of his seven part, Viewmaster inspired, stereoscopic narrative “Birth of a Red Planet”, is a very different emotional experience: empirical, sculpturally sourced images in a full floor installation incorporating sound, light, 3-D viewers and the artist’s and recipient’s personal history/memories. Matthew Gamber's exhibition is curated by Heidi Aishman.
Please join Matthew Gamber and acclaimed Associate Professor of Philosophy and associate faculty member in the Neuroscience Institute of Georgia State University, Dan Weiskopf, for an artist talk on Saturday, November 15th at 11am. The talk will consider diversity in lens based media and ways in which current and emerging discourse can inform and understanding of the photograph.
Weiskopf's research focuses on the nature of representation in cognition, science, and art. He is particularly interested in photography, scientific visualization and imagination practices, and the interplay between images and text. He is the author, with Fred Adams, of the forthcoming book An Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Peter Bahouth's talk will take place later in the exhibition which runs until January 10, 2015.
PETER BAHOUTH (b.1953, Syracuse, NY) is a stereoscopic photographer whose work with 3-D photography is a result of his interest in the biology of vision, the history and use of stereoscopic technology, and his fascination with the 3-D images of his family taken by his father in the 1950’s. His work with stereoscopic photography – a medium developed in the 1830’s and popular throughout the first half of the 20th century - is very rare in the field of contemporary image making. This debut of Bahouth’s series “Birth of a Red Planet,” reflects his inspiration from the 1950’s Viewmaster series, “Sam Saves the World,” replete with seven illustrative scenes created from hand crafted miniature models, several maquettes of which will be one view. Peter also designs his own viewers to encourage people to participate in a highly personal method of viewing photographic images. Bahouth states, approaching his viewers is “Like looking through a hole in a fence, it is a peek into a time and place that requires the active choice and participation of the observer. “
Bahouth’s work has been shown at numerous venues including: The Flow Art Fair in Miami, Pulse Art Fair NY, Kenise Barnes Fine Art and the USF Museum of Contemporary Art. His exhibit Post No Bills, the 2004 Public Art Project for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, consisted of 30 viewers placed in pedestrian areas of Atlanta, Georgia. Bahouth is a graduate of The University of Rochester and New England School of Law. He is the past Executive Director of U.S. Climate Action Network, Greenpeace USA and Ted Turner’s family foundation, and is now solely dedicated to his photography.
MATTHEW GAMBER (b.1977, Sandusky, OH) lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Through a variety of photographic approaches, Gamber experiments with how the medium of photography creates our perception of the world. He sees the potential of everyday objects as an opportunity to illustrate ideas that extend beyond what can be seen with the naked eye, drawing inspiration from “authorless” photography, “op art, ” and minimalism. His works illustrate the informational quality of the lens-based image (i.e. color or lack thereof) and how it can confuse our understanding. Gamber is the recipient of a Blanche E. Colman Award, a Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the New Photography Grant from Humble Arts Foundation. His exhibitions include: Still Life Lives!, Fitchburg Art Museum, 2013–2014, Basic Ingredients Of A Complex World, Gallery Kayafas, 2013, Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2012–2013, The 2012 deCordova Biennial, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2012; Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, Magenta Foundation, 2011; The Sum of All Colors, Sasha Wolf Gallery, 2011.
Gamber is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Holy Cross, having previously taught at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Savannah College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has also previously worked on archive and digitization projects with Harvard University and the Boston Public Library for Digital Commonwealth. He is a founding editor of Big Red & Shiny, and a member of Piece of Cake.