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Bill McCullough, November 13, 2010 (Rosy's Jazz Hall), 2010

Day Job: Steven Ahlgren, Justin Audet, Larry Fink, Chelsea Griffith, Bill McCullough and Benjamin Pierce
September 12 – November 22, 2014

Day Job brings together the work of six photographers whose artistic practice is linked to other vocational pursuits. For each artist, the day job deeply informs the work, but in markedly different ways.

For Bill McCullough (Austin, TX), his vocation as a wedding photographer is intrinsically linked to his work as an artist. McCullough’s series “Technicolor Life” captures scenes from weddings where he worked as a photographer. The images, which are full of humor, ambiguity and mystery, perfectly encapsulate the fluid relationship between a day job and an artistic practice. Larry Fink (Martin’s Creek, PA) has worked extensively on commercial assignments photographing people at parties and other social events for publications such as Vanity Fair. In this exhibition, images Fink created for a recent commercial assignment show how his artistic input dramatically changed the parameters of the project. Justin Audet (Philadelphia, PA) has shot on the streets of Philadelphia and other cities, capturing unexpected details of the urban landscape. Recently Audet was hired by a real estate company to document homes that were about to go into foreclosure. The work led Audet into many new areas of the city and, while working on the commercial assignment, he also made a small group of works for himself. Once completed, Audet realized that this brief job had significantly impacted both his view of the city and his fine art work.

For other artists, jobs seemingly unrelated to photography have had a great influence on their artistic output. Steven Ahlgren (Media, PA) worked for a number of years for financial institutions. Once he left that job to become a full time photographer, he found himself drawn to the corporate spaces in which he had worked, leading to the series “Inside the Office.” Chelsea Griffith (Philadelphia, PA) worked at her family’s funeral home while growing up. The artist’s familial connection to that business fueled her interest in documenting that space and then to other funeral homes. The resulting series draws out the highly idiosyncratic nature of these places. Finally, Benjamin Pierce, (Philadelphia, PA) is a photographer, but also a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His work at Penn gave him access to ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, which Penn had an integral part in creating. Pierce’s images capture the striking physicality of the machine.


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Stella Ebner,
Let's Go! G-O! Go!, 2014

Stella Ebner: Let's Go! G-O! Go!
September 12 – November 22, 2014

Let’s Go! G-O! Go! is an exhibition which brings together new works by the New York state-based artist Stella Ebner. Based on the photographic image and realized in printmaking, Ebner’s work embodies The Print Center’s unique mission of supporting the printed image in all its forms.

Ebner’s screenprints focus attention upon the perceived usualness of the everyday “My ultimate goal,” says Ebner, “is to recognize the burden of each in-between, mundane moment of existence as if it is taking on the weight of the world.” The exhibitions shares its title with a spectacular, large-scale work comprised of twenty-four prints, which show a cheerleading routine and its reflection on the gym floor. Resembling frames from a film, the work captures with careful attention the fleeting, seemingly insigificant event. Ebner says that her imagery “illuminates what is lost in the in-between moments and reveals the underlying essence of existence... I look upon [these moments] with a mindful, benevolent, even worshipful eye.” Let’s Go! G-O! Go! builds on earlier major works by Ebner, including Right Side and Left Side (both 2010), which capture moments from a work-out video being shown on a television.

The exhibition also includes Making Starry Night (2013), which shows a big jigsaw puzzle of Van Gogh’s painting being assembled. In other works we see an award being presented on a stage and a post-game interview on a basketball court. All of these works share the distinctive and bold color which characterizes her work. To create these prints Ebner screens many transparent layers, which come to resemble watercolors. “With this technique,” she says, “I am able to position different visual languages next to each other, such as, flat areas rendered against modeled areas and strong graphic comic elements. Using these elements - as well as pastel or charged colors and slightly jarring vantage points that position the viewer - I pull in and direct the viewer’s eye through a scene that might otherwise pass unnoticed.”

Ebner holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; and a BFA from the University of Minnesota, MN. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA; Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI; Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; and the International Print Center New York, New York, NY. She was a fellow at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA in 2012. Ebner was a finalist in The Print Center’s 83rd Annual International Competition: Printmaking in 2009 and received our Jacqueline L. Zemel Award that year.