RayKo's Fall 2014 Artists-in-Residence

Vanessa Marsh & Jessica Skloven
Exhibit Dates:  December 3, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Opening Reception:  December 3, 6-8pm

RayKo Photo Center’s Residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of fine art photographers. Selected artists receive unlimited access to RayKo’s facilities for a six-month time period, with each artist's residency culminating in an exhibition in our gallery. Past residents have included Eric William Carroll, Klea McKenna, and Meghann Riepenhoff. This fall’s residents continue on the path less taken. Both Vanessa Marsh and Jessica Skloven have spent countless hours in our color darkrooms making chromogenic prints, a process and a skill that many have forsaken in this digital age of photography.

Vanessa Marsh

Vanessa Marsh actually goes so far as to make her own negatives…painting and drawing on layers of acetate and paper and combining them all in the darkroom to create large nighttime landscapes inspired by an amateur interest in cosmology and physics. These dark skies with saturated celestial patterns of invented galaxies and nebula speak to our mediated experience of the night sky and nature in general. Colors, assigned to gasses and light waves that the naked eye cannot see, are presented and consumed as truth. Giant mural c-prints of these invented scenes build on Vanessa’s interest in translating drawings and paintings into photographic form.

Jessica Skloven is exposing 4x5 sheets of color film…but not in any traditional manner. She slips the sheets of film under the covers, under pillows, in between sheets…these images are created without the confines of a camera, without control and without the essential aspect of what makes a correct photograph – focused light. They are made sometimes over long periods of time, buried deep under layers, being exposed with tiny light from dark windows and ambient spills from careless LCD screens. In many cases, they are failures, images built up too densely to view or left for too little time without enough light to imprint them. The process is one embedded in ritual. Perhaps an exercise in anti-documenting, these are photographs as uncertain objects, records of instability in an attempt to pin down a constant.

They are just slow light leaking onto plastic.

Jessica Skloven

Jessica’s work centers around the material relationship between the illusions that occur in the natural world and those that are produced—both in the act of photographing and in the re-constitution of those images when they are transferred to paper. Using photographic process, she imagines the simultaneous impossibility of the abstract and the familiarity of the real, precariously combining to counter photography’s often-presumed objectivity. The resulting c-prints are sublime and sensual, drawing the viewer into their mysteries.

Norma Quintana, Circus: A Traveling Life

EXHIBITION DATES

OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 29, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 6-8PM

NORMA I. QUINTANA
CIRCUS:  A TRAVELING LIFE

Norma I. Quintana’s first art book, Circus: A Traveling Life represents a decade-long collaboration with the families of circus artists and performers of an American, traveling one-ring circus. She has captured, in rich detail, candid moments behind the curtain as they proudly perfect their craft. The book, designed by Yolanda Cuomo of New York and published by Damiani Editore of Italy, features nearly a hundred full-page, luminous black and white portraits, reproduced in duotones by master printer, Robert Hennessey. The book also features an introduction by Mona Simpson and personal essay from the author on her experience photographing the circus. Signed, limited edition books are available at the event and online at normaiquintana.com

Click here to read this great Lensculture article about Norma's work!

Click here for Slate's article!

Click here for CNN's article

Marketplace Artists

EXHIBITION DATES:  SEPTEMBER 10TH - OCTOBER 24TH, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  SEPTEMBER 10TH, 6-8PM
Side Gallery

Featuring images by Erin MaloneAtsuko MoritaVidya NarasimhanRobin RobinsonDan RootRyuten Paul RosenblumLee SaloutosJohn Foxe Sheets, and Joanne Chow Winship

Kirk Crippens: The Point

EXHIBITION DATES:  SEPTEMBER 10TH - OCTOBER 24TH, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  SEPTEMBER 10TH, 6-8PM

Chet's Living Room

While reflecting on the African-American community of San Francisco, James Baldwin once said, “This is the San Francisco Americans pretend does not exist.” The Bayview-Hunters Point district, at the southeastern corner of the city, has for years been isolated from the rest of the city and cited as a significant example of urban marginalization. A recent Brookings Institution report identified the area as an “extreme poverty” neighborhood. Yet today, with a new light-rail and other plans on the horizon, the area is the focus of redevelopment projects. The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, a superfund site requiring years of toxic radioactive pollution cleanup, is being targeted for 10,500 new homes. Once an outskirt, Bayview-Hunters Point is on its way to becoming another coveted San Francisco zip code. While the African-American community watches its neighborhood transform, gentrification threatens to undermine its accessibility. Once considered a historic African-American district, displacement is underway.

 In 2010 Kirk Crippens was invited to make photographs of Bayview-Hunters Point. He began wandering the neighborhood with his camera, but the work looked just like what it was: an outsider wandering the perimeter of a community. If the work was going to have any authenticity or power, Crippens needed to connect in a significant way. He decided to attend one of the churches he saw in the neighborhood. In early 2011, he walked into Providence Baptist Church. His life changed that Sunday morning; he was adopted by the congregation of Providence. The church became the lens through which he learned about and connected with the community. Crippens now serves on an arts board in Bayview-Hunters Point, and the church is his home away from home.

 While other projects focus on the gritty, troubled aspects that come from oppression and economic struggle, The Point is a celebration of Bayview-Hunters Point. It features the people who’ve grown up and lived their lives there- the kings and queens of Bayview-Hunters Point.

The Point opens at RayKo Photo Center on September 10th where a host of artists from Hunters Point will be performing: Jesse Sahbi (an artist from Bayview via the Ivory Coast) will be singing and playing guitar, Mary Booker (a legendary Bayview poet and playwright) will be reading poetry, and a small group from the Voices of Providence Choir are also performing! Portraits of these residents and many others will be in the exhibition. Come celebrate this vibrant San Francisco community and meet Kirk Crippens and the luminous people of Hunters Point!

The Perimeter of the World

CONTEMPORARY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
A JURIED EXHIBITION

EXHIBITION DATES:  AUGUST 6 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  AUGUST 6, 6-8PM

Chester Ng

I found an old journal with a map of Naxos taped to the front. Inside the cover is one phrase written in my tiny scrawl: “The diffused edge of the world.” Also inside, two Polaroids: one b&w, of a man I almost married. One color, of the man I left him for the year I traveled the perimeter of the Indian Ocean. Scribbled entries and notes and sketches from my journalist days. And one folded contact sheet of a group of fisherman lit by the dusk sacrificing a goat to thank the gods for a great catch…I grow restless just looking at the frames…

I hear photographers talk of how they shoot more when the travel…and it's these images that I wanted to see in this exhibition. What drives them to lug a 4x5 into the mountains or to buy 100 rolls of film for a trip or to rent expensive dream lenses for their digital cameras or to download every picture on their smartphone so they can capture limitless images?  What Judy Walgren and I found while jurying this exhibition answered these questions.

The Perimeter of the World features photographs by Jane Alexander-Perry, Stan Banos, Jaime Beechum, Giselle Brewton, Carter Brooks, Annette Burke, Anirudha (Robi) Chakraborty, Steve Chapman, Thomas Cole, Valentino Columbo, Stuart Cox Jr., Amber Crabbe, Carly Cram, Petra Davis, Mark Dawson, Monica Denevan, Henry Dombey, Rudi Dundas, Ben  Fash, Thomas Foster, Mark Francis, Michael Gandy, Alexis Gerard, Dave Getzschman, Mike Glad, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Michelle Govang, Esha Gupta, Elaine Heron, Patricia Houghton Clarke, David Janesko, Oliver Klink, Curtis Koshimizu, Guilhem Lacaze, Lucille Lawrence, Mido Lee, Christine Lenzen, Claire Lerner, Elaine Ling, Susan Lirakis, Joyce Lopez, Michael Lopez, Ernie Luppi, Horia Manolache, Nina Menconi, Chester Ng, Eben  Ostby, Hendrik Paul, Guy Reynolds, Eleonora Ronconi, Nicolo Sertorio, Yon Sim, Jason B. Smith, Kyle Smith, Jon Soliday, Santiago Vanegas, Imrich Veber, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Joanne Winship, and Yisheng Wu

Juried by Judy Walgren, director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle and Ann Jastrab, gallery director of RayKo Photo Center. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on August 6th. The Best of Show photograph was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday 10, 2014.

Best of Show:  Oliver Klink

JURORS

Judy Walgren took the helm as director of photography at the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2010. Under her watch, her team has won numerous national and international photo and photo editing awards, including a 2014 Pulitzer finalist position for feature photography and first place in the Best of Photojournalism Awards for their photo editing portfolio. Walgren, herself, holds a Pulitzer in International Reporting along with a team of Dallas Morning News writers and photographers who chronicled violent human rights abuses against women worldwide. During her career, she has photographed wars in Somalia and Sudan, styled and shot incredible food for amazing chefs, co-produced documentaries on tribal elders in northern Kenya and is presently raising a son, Theo, 8, and their Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Stella, as well. She is also in the process of earning her Masters in Fine Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art.

Ann Jastrab is currently the Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring many nationally recognized artists. Ann has curated numerous exhibitions for RayKo as well as juried exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Review LA, PhotoAlliance (Our World), SPE, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, Lishui International Photography Festival in China, and Click646 as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. She has also been teaching courses at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1994.

RAYKO'S SPRING 2014 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

EXHIBITION DATES:  JUNE 25 - AUGUST 1, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 6-8PM

FEATURING NEW WORK BY CARLOS CHAVARRIAADAM DONNELLY & DAVID JANESKORON MOULTRIE SAUNDERS, & WENXIN ZHANG


Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNY RIFFLE

EXHIBITION DATES:  MAY 8 - JUNE 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  MAY 8TH, 6-8PM

“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”  -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. He got his first metal detector when he was eleven and to this day he continues to seek treasure in the dirt, in sandy beaches or even looking through a handful of change for wheat pennies and real silver. In my project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, I have been following Riley out on his hunts and photographing the objects he collects. I explore the line between documentary and fantasy as I look at the objects he finds, what drives him to continue and the mythology and history of the treasure hunting persona.

Jenny Riffle was born in Washington State in 1979. She received her MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BA in photography from Bard College in 2001. Riffle received the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant in 2013 and was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2014. An exhibition of her series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting will travel to several locations in 2013-2014, starting with a solo show at Newspace Center for Photography, then RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco and The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins. Riffle currently lives and works in Seattle and teaches at the Photo Center NW.

The New Forty-Niners

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARINA FINKELSTEIN

EXHIBITION DATES:  MAY 8 - JUNE 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING:  MAY 8, 6-8PM

Shot over four years, The New Forty-Niners documents the new wave of gold prospectors who have rushed to California 160 years after the original Gold Rush of 1849. The tactile and earthy photographs show the gamblers, the adventurers, the desperate, the self-reliant and the young-at-heart in their camps and on claims spread across this magnificently wild landscape. At a time when the price of gold is at an all-time-high, these images document those who endeavor to make a living prospecting for ever-elusive gold and the impact recent environmental legislation banning dredging equipment has had on their livelihood. The New Forty-Niners juxtaposes the elemental rugged life of these passionate and obsessive individuals with gold souvenir shops, bars and motels celebrating the mining history of California, “The Golden State.” 

Sarina Finkelstein received her BFA in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has had solo shows at the Weitman Gallery in St. Louis, MO and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR. Finkelstein was selected as an American Photography 29 Chosen Winner and in 2012 was selected for exhibition in the National Photography Fellowship Competition “Developed Work” at the Midwest Center for Photography. A 2010 Critical Mass Finalist and participant in Review Santa Fe, she has also been a speaker and award recipient at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, The London Telegraph’s Sunday magazine,SEVEN, and Amica, as well as on The New York Times’ “Lens,” TIME, NPR, Photo District News and Conscientious photo blogs.  Finkelstein lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and fellow photographer, David Leventi. 

Occupy your Imagination

OCCUPY YOUR IMAGINATION:  IMAGERY FROM THE STUDENTS OF DE ANZA COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

EXHIBITION DATES:  MAY 8 - JUNE 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  MAY 8TH, 6-8PM

The imagery on view has been chosen from various classes at De Anza College and is representative of the high quality and imaginative work being produced by its students.  Exhibited work has come from courses offered in everything from traditional to digital, experimental, and studio techniques.  All work has been completed during the 2012-2013 school year.  A rich and diverse student body is expressed through Occupy Your Imagination.

7th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show

Jim Rohan

EXHIBITION DATES:
MARCH 5 - APRIL 29, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION:
MARCH 5, 6-8PM

FEATURED ARTIST:
JIM ROHAN


The juried competition was open to international artists working with plastic cameras with plastic lenses.  The more obsolete, flawed, and lo-tech, the better. Images were taken with cameras with limited controls, such as Diana, Holga, Lubitel, Lomo, Banner, and Ansco cameras. Beautiful prints from less-than- gorgeous cameras – that’s what will be on display! This is RayKo’s largest exhibition of the year with artists from all over the globe submitting work, and hundreds of attendees at the reception.  

Mark Fisher

Petra Davis

Saroyan Humphrey

And this year's show is amazingly diverse!  We won’t just have pictures from the usual suspects, stars of previous years like Thomas Alleman, Michelle Bates, Robert Holmgren and Aline Smithson. It also won’t just have sublime landscapes, fiery trees, unique Polaroids, heartbreaking portraits, funny dogs, sexy horses, crazy cross-processing, flares of wild color, precious 2 ¼ inch square collodion plates and one taxidermied giant anteater. The exhibition will have stunning photographs from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Iran, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and, oh, from many of these United States of ours, all the way from Maine to California, and Alaska AND Hawaii too! Phew! And just when you thought film might be dead. Well apparently not, so rejoice and come down to RayKo!

Tara Renee Ratliff (The Woodlands, TX), Melancholia
Best of Show

Awards
Best of Show:
Tara Renee Ratliff

Honorable Mentions:  
Andrea Buzzichelli
Robert Holmgren
Eben Ostby
Francisco Mata Rosas
Raina Stinson

Participating Artists

Danielle Abbon, Mar Brisa Aceves, Joe Addison, Thomas Alleman, Blake Andrews, Zeb Andrews, Sharon Asplan, Robert Atwater, Jennifer Bacon, Taina Bagmeyer, Bill Baldewicz, Michelle Bates, Lori Bell, Roy Berkowitz, Christa Blackwood, Giselle Brewton, John Bridges, Laura Brodax, Ernie Button, Andrea Buzzichelli, Anna Calingaert, Matthew  Cetta, Deana Collins, David Cory, Austin Craver, Carol Dass, Petra Davis, Mark Dawson, Adrienne Defendi, Nadine Defranoux, Carola DiPoi, Emma Dobbs, Barbara Dombach, Vince Donovan, Dopamine Collective,  Andy Fish, Mark Fisher, Linda Fitch, Dirk Fletcher, DeAnna Foran, Susanna Frohman, Millie Fuller, Bradley Fulton, Susan Gaunt, Bob Gervais, Dave Getzchman, Jill Gewirtz, Patricia Gilbertson, JM Golding, Elisa Gonzalez Miralles, Gretchen Grace, Daniel Grant, Sam Grant, Tonee Harbert, Jeanne Hauser, Dennis Hodges, Robert Holmgren, Saroyan Humphreys, Lauren Jacques, David Janesko, Kim Jiye, Alexa Joslyn, Priscilla Kanady, Reza Khatir, Gianna King, Janos Kummer, Wendy Laurel, Jessica Layton, Janis Lipzin, Susan Lirakis, Neha Luhar-Trice, Erin Malone, Ryan Mastro, Francisco Mata, Cynthia Matthias, Julia Nelson-Gal, Holly Northrop, Emma Norton, Eben Ostby, Anna Laura Palma, Kevin Parent, Cynthia Pastore, Erik Patten, Kari Pfeffer, Betty Press, Tara Ratliff, Vicki Reed, Suzanne Revy, Deon Reynolds, Guy Reynolds, Angelika Rinnhofer, Michael Roche, James Rohan, Danny Sanchez, Ron Saunders, Robert Schneider, Cromwell Schubarth, Catherine Schultz, Jennifer Shaw, John Sheets, Kyriaki Sigala, Brian Skaggs, Margarita Skiadas, Aline Smithson, Rodrigo Sombra, Michael Starkman, Lisa Steichmann, Gordon Stettinius, KD Stevens, Raina Stinson, Cody Swanson, Yuri Syuganov, Steven Taddei, Amy  Temple, Stacie Turner, Ian Tuttle, Katie Dela Vaughn, Roger Walker, Jacqueline Walters, Peter Wiklund, Rogier Willems, Claudia Wornum, Robert Wyrwas, Manami Yamamoto, Jonas Yip, Stuart Zalka, and Christine Zona

81 Bees

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF CCSF PHOTOGRAPHY
75 FORWARD:  CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 81 BEES COLLECTIVE

Exhibit Dates:  January 17 - February 23, 2014
Opening Reception:  January 23, 6-8pm

Artists:  Aneta Cherykova, Laure Bastide, Leona Browne, Anton Bulyonov, John Carr, Aneta Cherykova, Samantha Cooper, Clare Coppel, Donna L. Dodd, Ekey | Allison Ekevara, Linda Forssman, Marsha Guggenheim, Haley Mannix, Avril McHugh, Alex Mizuno, Robert Nishihira, Naomi Onaga, Hiromi Otsubo, Grahame Perry, Maja Pilipovic, Gordon Szeto, Susanna Troxler, Terri Watters, Sabrina Wong, Yelena Zhavoronkova

Vanishing Point

EXHIBIT DATES:  JANUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  JANUARY 23, 6-8PM

For her Artist-in-Residency at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, Rachel Phillips acted as a curator and facilitator.  She contacted the Phantom Artists’ League—a collective of usually invisible, you might even say dematerialized artists—and asked them to use the resources provided by RayKo during the residency to manifest work interpreting the theme “Vanishing Point.”

The result is a diverse mix of work—from photograms to 3D photographs and installation—that teases our conventions about what photography, and the ubiquitous Group Show, are.  Says Phillips, “I had moments of panic while curating this show.  I felt like I was herding cats, like my parameters were being completely ignored!  But strangely, the more the project progressed, the more I could imagine that the work being made by these five artists could somehow be… my own.”