Then & Now: VCP’s Coming-of-Age
Exhibition Dates: January 5 – 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 5th, 5:30 to 8:30pm
Twenty years ago, this spring, VCP found its beginnings when a handful of enthusiastic photographers from the region came together to create a unique community space to celebrate all things photography. This special group exhibition in January 2018 celebrates the work of five of those founding members – Eric Slayton, Christine Triebert, Lynne Weinstein, Robert George, & Kate Cleghorn. Each of the artists will present a selection of work from 1998 as well as work from today – showing a glimpse into their creative evolution over the last two decades.
Eric is a multi-media Brooklyn-based artist whose work includes photography, video, furniture, and sculpture. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, Slayton’s approach to both surface and form celebrates the beauty of imperfection. Unrefined surfaces and asymmetrical forms lend to the integrity of the natural processes. Meditation is an omnipresent role in Slayton’s life and carries over to his artistic practice. His monoliths, constructed out of concrete, lead, and steel, are inspired by tall, linear shapes such as towers, pillars, tree trunks, columns and rock spires: forms that reference both industrial and natural landscapes. The rigid discipline to work with this shape gives Slayton a focal point to start from, and just as the finished pieces are conceptual “guideposts”, they are also physical guides for his creativity. He approaches the medium of concrete as his canvas, shaping and treating its surface with gestural, textural strokes. Using the tower as his chosen form, Slayton finds both power and calm in its ability to dictate location, while grounding the viewer to take pause and find respite from our every day, often constant distractions.
My photography spans over 3 decades, from traditional black and white darkroom work to digital imaging, mixed media, and alternative printing substrates. Each new body of work fosters custom techniques developed expressly for that series, from camera-less paper negatives exposed in the darkroom, to large scale portraits on aluminum, to still life photographs transferred to painted fabric. My goal in photo-artmaking is to create unique, personal and compelling imagery, where the qualities inherent in the process are intrinsic to the concept of the work.
Lynne is a nationally published fine arts photographer whose work has appeared in publications such as Parenting, Orion, and The New York Times. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Boston, and Vermont. Recognized by The Maine Photographic Workshop’s Golden Light Award as one of the top 50 emerging photographers in the country, she has been taking photographs since she was 12. Lynne strives to make photographs that quietly challenge her audience. “I create images inspired by the beauty present in our every day world: the texture of a flower petal, the shape of a piece of fruit, the wrinkles in a child’s hand. My goal is to foster a connection to these easily overlooked moments thus, for me, photography becomes a tool for cultivating mindfulness.” Lynne has worked with many alternative processes in creating her work over the last several years. She uses a wide variety of processes, depending upon the subject of her work. Botanicals employs a 4 x 5 view camera and Polaroid film. Nature’s Bounty utilizes the texture of hand coated silver gelatin emulsion and split toning. A New York City native who has worked as a photo editor on special projects for Life Magazine, she currently lives in Vermont with her family and focuses her work on that which grows around her.
Bob has been photographing the streets of Brattleboro, Vermont for 30+ years documenting the people, places, events, architecture, & culture of our unique Southern Vermont town – creating a uniquely historic documentation of everyday life in Brattleboro.
Primarily a landscape photographer, Kate Cleghorn uses a variety of historic and alternative print processes to create interesting aesthetic effects on her film and digital stills. Her subject matter ranges from the festivals of Mexico to the landscapes of Scotland, Peru, and the swamps of the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. Kate led a Day of the Dead photography program to Mexico for Great River Arts in 2001 and an Art Appreciation program to Mexico for CCV in 2004. She has taught photography at the Community College of Vermont, Montpelier; Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont; and the Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro. Past exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont, and elsewhere. She resides in Putney, Vermont.