FotoFest 2014 comes to San Jacinto College: College selected as a host gallery for Houston’s premier photography event
03.16.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez
The San Jacinto College South Campus will be a participating space for the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the Fifteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art opening March 17.
Houston residents Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector will exhibit their series, “Museum Anatomy,” which is a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body. The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body. The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history, and technology in a contemporary context.
Gray and Spector are both recipients of the prestigious New York Foundation for the “Arts Fellowship Award” (2001), and they have been included as finalists for the “Sovereign Asian Art Award” in both 2006 and 2008 where “Museum Anatomy” photographs were auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Their work has been published in “The Harvard Review,” “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” and in the book, “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art” by Wendy Steiner. “Museum Anatomy” artwork can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.
Over 100 participating spaces will exhibit a variety of photography and related are for this year’s event. Some of the spaces include museums, commercial art galleries, non-profit art spaces, local artists spaces, educational organizations, corporate spaces, and retail and restaurant spaces. This year, FotoFest’s own exhibitions will focus on contemporary Arab video, photography, and multi media art. The Biennial will showcase 48 contemporary Arab artists using photography and related visual media to address a broad range of aesthetic and cultural values impacting Arab culture.
“Museum Anatomy” will be on display beginning Monday, March 17 in gallery room S15.112. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until April 10. An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. in room S15.112.
For more information on “Museum Anatomy” and Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector, visit www.ChadwickAndSpector.com. For more information on FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the Fifteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, visit fotofest.org.
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