(Photograph by Marion Faria, click to see the full poster)
It is good to see that the members of the Photographic Society of Rhode Island (PSRI) had the club’s first group show. Congratulations to all who are showing.
A Club Exhibit
I have been waiting for this to happen, indeed gently pushing over the years in place of frequent competitions. Gallery shows have several things over competitions in my opinion and they are better venues for the photographers in the long run. First, gallery shows display prints, at least most of the time. Prints have vastly different qualities from projected images and show the image the photographer committed to present. The unencumbered, on-demand enjoyment of the work is unsurpassed in a print.
The second point in favor of shows is the curated nature of the collection. This involves the initial selection of the photographs as well as their presentation in the show. While hanging my exhibits despite all the advance planning, as I place the photographs next to one another some want to, almost beg to go elsewhere until the show looks right.
Third, the opening to the public outside the club should be very important for the photographers. They will no longer be in the familiar surroundings. Now, their work is subject to public scrutiny and enjoyment. This is what art is about.
Art Doesn’t Float In The Stratosphere
Years ago during a panel discussion when I made similar points, I remember one member of the audience responding that he or she did not consider her/his work art. Art is not the type of work that floats in the stratosphere. Now we see the works of fellow photographers displaying their work as their art. I hope and expect this opening the doors and minds to outside will bring a new perspective to PSRI and we will see more shows in the future.
One regrettable point in the whole experience was that Jan and I went to the opening reception but since the show was on the third floor with no elevator, we had to return home without seeing the exhibit. The show is at the Dryden Gallery in Providence, at Providence Picture Frame, 27 Dryden Lane, Providence, RI 02904.