Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Olivia Parker at Photostop in White River Junction

Renowned photographer Olivia Parker will be exhibiting her work at the PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT from Oct. 1-30 in a show titled Still and Not So Still Life. An opening reception for the artist will be held on October 1 (a White River Junction First Friday) from 5-8 pm with a gallery talk given by the photographer at 7 pm.

Parker is widely regarded as a seminal photographer who has influenced the course of contemporary photography. She has had more than one hundred one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work is represented in major private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Portfolios of her work have been published in Art News, American Photographer, Camera, Camera Arts, The Sciences and numerous other magazines in the United States, Europe, and Japan. There have been three monographs of Parker's work: Signs of Life (Godine, 1978), Under the Looking Glass (New York Graphic Society, 1983), and Weighing The Planets (New York Graphic Society, 1987). She has lectured and conducted workshops extensively both in this country and abroad.

Mostly self-taught, Olivia Parker makes ephemeral constructions to photograph that experiment with the endless possibilities of light. She has explored the nature of the still life for several decades. In the current exhibition at PHOTOSTOP, the photographer’s work has been influenced by 17th century Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish painting; the images contain objects photographed against a dark background, some with sharply focused foregrounds and backgrounds dissolving into darkness pierced by light.

In tandem with her exhibition, Parker will be teaching a rare workshop on October 2 titled “Photo Imagining in the Digital Age” from 9-5 pm. For registration details contact Lia Rothstein at PHOTOSTOP.

PHOTOSTOP Gallery is located in Suite 150 of the Tip Top Media Arts Building, 85 North Main Street, White River Jct.,VT 05001. New Fall gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon-5 and Fridays and Saturdays from noon-6 pm. On First Fridays and opening nights, the gallery will be open until 8 pm. Other hours are available by appointment. For additional information, call 802.698.0320. PHOTOSTOP’s website is www.photostopvt.com.

Image: Not So Still Life diptych, ©Olivia Parker 2010