Please Note: Reception: Friday, June 30, 6-8 pm | Co-curated with John d'Addario.
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“I subscribe to this statement by the late Carl Belz, director emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis: ...newness in art is not always good, but good art is always, and necessarily, new.”
Larry Collins was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1945 and raised in Del City, Oklahoma. His artistic career began at age 17 when Dorothy Miller, former curator at MoMA in New York, selected one of his abstract paintings for an important regional exhibition at the Oklahoma Art Center. After receiving his BFA from the University of OK in 1967 he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. During the war, he served as an infantryman and a combat illustrator. He received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1980. Collins has exhibited internationally, and his paintings, drawings, photographs and artist's books are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, International Center of Photography, Sheldon Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum, Worcester Art Museum, PAAM, and others.
He has collaborated on limited-edition books with poets Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Eileen Myles. In 2010, he was honored with a career retrospective exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, "Larry R. Collins: Finding Light."
Collins will have an exhibition of his Vietnam photographs from 1968, as well as more recent paintings, from the past few years about his Vietnam experience at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas this coming October 20 through December 30.
Is it Appropriate?
"Thinking it would be interesting to re-appropriate images from the 15th & 16th century, I decided to incorporate my nudes into some paintings of that period. Noting how each painting was altered with the addition of my photographs was inspiring to me. It gave them, as well as my own work, a wholly different context. The classic work of the Masters whose work I have re-appropriated along with a modern queer sensibility of my nudes seemed like a perfect union."
Bobby Miller, born in Washington DC in 1952, is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photogr. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. Miller studied photography at The New School with Lisette Model.
As a hair and make-up artist he worked with photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Lynn Goldsmith, Diane Turbeville, and Christopher Makos among others. He is the author of 25 books of photography and poetry. His work has been shown at AMP Gallery in Provincetown, Woody Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs and most recently The Howl Gallery in NYC.
As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.
He has performed his original material at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, New York University, Westminster College, The Rhode Island School of Design, Bennington College, The American Crafts Museum, The New York Historical Society, The Massachusetts State Poetry Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The CMJ Music Festivals, Jackie 60/Mother/ NYC, ARO.SPACE/Seattle, The Kitchen, LaMama etc., Dixon Place, P.S.122, Fez, and The Downtown Arts Festivals in lower Manhattan. He was also a winner in The National Poetry Slam as a member of The Nuyorican Poets and has performed internationally with poet John Giorno and alone at venues including The Tabernacle, The Battersee Arts Center, The ICA in London and The Glasgow Center for The Arts in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mr. Miller is also the recipient of a Jackie 60 Lifetime Achievement Award, four Jackie 60 Awards and a NYC Glammy Award.
Postcards from New Orleans | Curated by John d'Addario
"These three artists present distinct yet interrelated views of the contemporary queer community in New Orleans. Chris Berntsen and Xavier Juarez photograph overlapping circles of friends, lovers, and chosen family members (each also occasionally appears as subject in the other’s work) from a diaristic and intimate point of view. Likewise, Colin Roberson’s “Taxi Dance” project is an outgrowth of his own life experience and his photographs explore the world of erotic dancers and sex workers in the French Quarter.
Together, these three artists provide highly individualistic views of queer life in New Orleans, a world away from the usual stereotypes associated with the city." - John d'Addario
Chris Berntsen (b. 1985) received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. Chris’ work utilizes photographic mediums to explore themes of queerness, intimacy, and time. His work has recently been shown in MoMA PS1, Aperture Foundation, New York, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the Tisch School of the Art, New York. His most recent series “Twilight Children” is a photographic series focusing on queers living in the United States.
Xavier Juárez (b. 1990) was born in San Francisco. He studied film making at Columbia College, Chicago and began making photographs when he moved to New Orleans in 2013. His practice seeks to document his intimate present and surroundings.
Colin Roberson (b. 1988) studied photography at Louisiana State University (BFA 2012). Most recently, his work has appeared in Picture Newspaper, Juxtapoz Magazine, The FADER, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Roberson volunteers at the collectively run New Orleans Community Printshop, where screen printing and silver gelatin darkroom skills are taught to neighborhood youth and printing facilities are made available to the public. In Fall 2017, Roberson begins MFA candidacy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
John d'Addario is an arts writer, educator, and curator based in New Orleans and Provincetown. He teaches at the University of New Orleans and writes about art for several national publications.
Greatness Was A Woman
Greatness Was a Woman is a photographic and written word exploration of how the Euro-American codification and declaration of greatness often marginalizes the greatness of women as experienced through a four-week obsession with Le Pantheon in Paris France.
Anne Stott is an indie rock singer/songwriter, actor, and producer based in Provincetown, MA. Stott just produced and directed "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed", a documentary video on the underground music duo Scream Along with Billy. Stott has released two full length albums: Pennsylvania (2010) and Love Never Dies (2015). Love Never Dies played on radio stations around the country and peaked at #19 on the Relix Magazine/Jambands radio chart. As an actor, Stott’s most recent appearances were as The Whore in “Nevermore" (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, directed by Christopher Ostrom) and Jack/Ernest in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Provincetown Theater, directed by David Drake). In 2012, Stott self-published Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited-edition collection of poems, thoughts, and sketches. Stott also produced and hosted "Word on the Street", a Provincetown TV series featuring interview and performances with Provincetown’s street musicians. On Donald Trump’s 100th day in the presidency, she released a musical rant and video entitled "Not for Long Motherfucker" which can be viewed on youtube. www.annestott.com
These images are part of a new series that is a collaboration between photographer Christopher Turner, and playwright Alan Olejniczak. Each piece includes a subject dressed in modern corporate attire in dark and sometimes post-apocalyptic settings—evoking themes from classical mythology and literature. They are meant to question our impact on the environment, as well as the emotional implications of modern consumerism. Their intention is to convey stories, reveal truths, and provoke discussion. This series was born post-election as a response to the current political and social climate.
25% of the artists' profits for this series are being given to support local arts and environmental non-profits based on where each image was taken.
Christopher Turner is an emerging artist who attended New York University where he received a B.A. in Art History and Psychology in '93. He is largely self-taught as a photographer. He has been doing portrait and landscape photography full-time for the past three years and part time for over 12 years. Prior taking on his preferred vocation full-time he was a web-developer.
Some of his landscapes were recently part of a group show with SLATE Art (Berkeley) and his nighttime landscape series is being shown by Poetica Art (San Francisco).
Alan Olejniczak is a San Francisco playwright, librettist, and game scriptwriter. Alan is on the board of Theatre Bay Area Board, Chair of the Individual Service Committee, and a member of the Dramatist Guild. Last April, At Last Theatre produced Dominion at Fort Mason Center (Five Honorable Mention Plays in 2016) and Present Tense at The A.C.T. Costume Shop in 2015 Last year, Alan participated in The San Francisco Olympians Festival VI with Lethe, which was later re-worked for a March salon by The Artists at Albatross Reach in The Sea Ranch, California. His one-act play Transgress was presented in April at the 36th Annual William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas. Alan is also working with composer Daniel Brown on their opera on the life of the French mathematician, Évariste Galois.
Alan also writes for Portico Studios in San Rafael, a next level interactive storytelling experiences in virtual reality. He is also collaborating with Christopher Turner on PROGRESS blending fine art narrative photography with social and environmental activism. Alan also helps raise money for Theatre Bay Area's Mary Mason Lemonade Fund: A confidential fund for theatre artists with terminal or life-threatening illnesses who are in need of supplemental financial assistance. He also volunteers his time at SF-Marin Food Bank and Jewish Family & Community Services in the East Bay where he works with LGTB refugees. Alan and his husband, David divide their time between San Francisco and The Sea Ranch.