3 Exhibits Opening in May
Exhibition Dates: May 8 - June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: May 8th, 6-8pm
Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting
photographs by Jenny Riffle
“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: Imagery from the students of de Anza College Photography Department
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.