MAIN & SIDE GALLERIES: 7.28.10 – 9.10.10
RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, JULY 28TH, 6-8P
FEATURED ARTISTS: MARK MENJIVAR & FRITZ LIEDTKE
RayKo Photo Center presents the final selections from an open call for photographic work exploring the genre of portraiture and varying characteristics of us humans.
Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the US. For three years he traveled around the country exploring food issues. the more time he spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more he began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led him to begin to make these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “may i photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed “as is.” nothing added, nothing taken away. These are portraits of the rich and the poor. Vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA, those left out, the under appreciated, former soldiers in hitler’s ss, dreamers, and so much more. We never know the full story of one’s life. Mark’s hope is that we will think deeply about how we care. How we care for our bodies. How we care for others. And how we care for the land.
Fritz Liedtke’s Skeleton in the Closet is a series of intimate portraits and stories of those who struggle with eating disorders. In a society saturated with shallow, narrow definitions of beauty, anorexia and bulimia are an increasingly prevalent trend. Movie stars, magazine ads, fad diets, internet pornography, fashion models, MTV…the pressure to look thin and attractive is an oppressive force that is difficult to resist. Everyone wants to be an American Idol. But obsession with appearance is not the only motivation for restrictive eating. Dancers, gymnasts, wrestlers, models, and others, find themselves in unhealthy eating patterns in order to stay competitive. Ultimately, the disorder is really a means for controlling one part of a person’s world–a world which may, in the end, be destroyed by the disorder itself.