Beau Comeaux’s "Implied Fictions" are a mix of exploration and examination, existing at a point where art and science intersect. This body of work consists of large, contemporary color photographs driven by the photographer’s curiosity and imagination. Working with a digital camera, Comeaux begins his process by shooting long exposures at night, capturing an empty street, a house on the corner, a construction site, an open field. Alone in the solitude of the night he becomes the collector of raw materials, surveyor of the land and its artifacts. Post-shoot, he continues his creative process and transforms focus, light, and perspective to sculpt what his imagination envisioned. The result is a distorted reality encapsulated in an image that transcends the everyday. These surreal, dream-like scenes provoke a deeper examination of the spaces depicted, allowing the viewer to participate. The process of transforming a negative into his current realization of the scene was an early fascination to Comeaux. A switch to digital technology around 2004 led to new avenues of creativity by bringing the darkroom transformation experience to his color work.
Comeaux grew up in Southern Louisiana, and received his MFA in Photography in 2006 from the University of North Texas. He has participated in numerous solo and juried exhibitons in Texas and throughout the country. He was featured in the 28th Annual Members' Juried Exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography and was an artist chosen for the Texas Biennial in 2009. His work has been featured in numerous publications, most recently in Catherine Anspon’s book, Texas Artists Today. He currently resides in New York, where he is an Assistant Professor at Sage College of Albany.
Mr. Comeaux is represented by B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Thomas Benton Hollyman
One of the great photojournalists of his time, and filmmaker, this opening show focuses on the very few existing original vintage prints of "creatives" of the thousands photographed by Hollyman from the Thomas Benton Hollyman Trust Archive, numbering more than half a million images taken over his legendary career.
His contemporaries included Arnold Newman, Slim Aaron, Richard Avedon, Elliot Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Alfred Eisendstadt and others and he knew everyone in the industry, sponsoring and mentoring young emerging photographers and their causes.
Hollyman was also the Director of Photography for the original feature film "Lord of the Flies," which revolutionized 1960s film making a fresh new visual style. Over his long career he produced and directed a large number of television commercials, independent films and documentaries shown in theaters and on television.
Termed a "giant" by friend Graydon Carter, editor of "Vanity Fair" Magazine, Hollyman was not a big believer in "vintage prints". He chiefly submitted negatives for publication and made prints on demand as needed, believing that photography was essentially a mechanical medium to be leveraged as such.
His material is available in silver gelatin prints as well as archival fiber prints which are issued and numbered on Open Editions and authenticated by the Thomas Benton Hollyman Trust. His images may also be licensed for reproduction in print and electronic media through the Gallery as well.
B.Hollyman Gallery oversees the Thomas Benton Hollyman Trust and has exclusive and sole access to the Thomas Benton Hollyman Archive which represents all his images made from his long 60 year career which spanned from 1936 to 1996. He passed away in 2009, leaving a large legacy of material we are pleased to curate.
Perhaps one of the greatest photographers of his generation, Horenstein’s diverse photographic career includes documentary work of various American sub-cultures, portraiture, abstraction, and landscape. Originally set to accomplish a PhD in history and embark on an academic career, the documentary work of photography greats Robert Frank and Brassai guided him to the camera. Horenstein entered in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, completing his MFA in 1973. He has authored over 30 books, many on his own art but also several photography textbooks and teaching manuals that have been used by many colleges and universities throughout the past four decades. Horenstein currently lives in Boston and is a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design.Horenstein speaks of the influence Callahan had on him; “Harry encouraged me to “shoot what you love,” and to pay no attention to what others are doing. “Even if you make bad pictures,” he said, “you’ll have a good time.” Thank you for that, Harry.”
Mr. Horenstein is represented by B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas through an arrangement with John Cleery Gallery in Houston, Texas.
Loli Kantor is a fine art and documentary photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in Paris, France, she was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Kantor’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally in China, Poland, Ukraine, Spain and the Czech Republic. This past year she was named one of the top 50 photographers in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass competition and was recognized with 3rd place Reviewers Portfolio Choice Award, at the 2010 PhotoNOLA. She was honored with an award of excellence for her exhibition at the 2009 Lishui International Photography Festival in China. She was an exhibiting artist in the 2010 Fotofest Biennial in Houston, Texas. Her work has been widely published with comprehensive features in publications such as LensWork and SHOTS magazine.
Kantor has been recognized by residencies and fellowships, including one upcoming in 2011 at Vermont Studio Center. An artist book for ‘ there was a forest ‘ was published last January. Kantor’s work is held in museum collections internationally, including in the collection of the Lishui Photography Museum, China, Lviv National Museum in Ukraine, Drohobych Museum in Ukraine, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Temple Emanuel in Houston Texas.
Ms. Kantor is represented by B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Alberto Mena grew up in South Texas and studied art at the University of Texas, Austin, earning a B.A. in Fine Art. After graduating, he transplanted to New York City to surround himself with the inspiration of art galleries, museums and the city itself. Influenced by many movements, he would ultimately become intrigued with the art of photography. In the early years, he worked as an illustrator for "Business Week Magazine'< honing his skills in the new medium of digital illustration. From this acquired knowledge, be began to combine photography with this new computer-driven form. His work reflects both: part photograph and part digital drawing.
Mena's influences range from David Parker's mysterious landscapes, Thomas Ruff's use of appropriated Internet images, Florian Maier-Aichen's amazing use of color to Sally Galls' other-worldly black & white subterranean photographs. A major part of his work is driven from his dreams and science fiction films of the 1950s.
Mr. Mena is exclusively represented by B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Jo Ann Santangelo
KUT Interview: http://kut.org/2011/05/walking-the-block/
Jo Ann Santangelo’s obsession with documenting life began as a small girl growing up in Boston’s “North End” where everyone knew everyone else and everyone’s business. It hung flapping between buildings on clotheslines. Whether they liked it or not, they were connected, a community.
After relocating to Austin, Texas in August, 2008, feeling community-less and disconnected. Jo Ann pursued a career as a pedicab driver in Austin and hopped on her bike and started photographing. She moved to New York City in August, 2008 to attend her first formal education program, attending the International Center of Photography in New York, where she was awarded The New York Times Foundation Scholarship and interned with Eugene Richards.
In 2008, Jo Ann Santangelo began work on “Walking the Block: Christopher Street”, a series of black and white photographs documenting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender (LGBT) community of New York City’s Christopher Street, located in the West Village. This has been an on-going project. Santangelo has become personal friends with her subjects and returns regularly to visit with and photograph this community who hang out and “walk the Christopher Street block”.
Christopher Street has been a focus in New York Metropolitan life for many decades. It became iconic with the 1969 Stonewall Riots which ignited the LGBT movement. This group of LGBT youth, adults, prostitutes, drug dealers, and pier kids are often seen as relic of city life, though they co-exist with the general public on the same block. These lives have been marginalized, fictionalized, and criminalized by modern society. Every night, a family assembles in New York’s West Village. A community of faces—queer people—all walking the block. Faces lingering only long enough to be told by police to move along, shuffling through the night.
Santangelo focused on one block in particular on Christopher Street, a hangout and rallying point for New York’s LGBT African American community. Throughout countless nights on that street, she was accepted into the tight-knit community. The relationships she formed and maintains today are evident in her present and intimate portraits of the Christopher Street scene. She has a deep and abiding commitment to the people she photographs and has shared her images and prints with them. This is a more profound photographic relationship with her subject matter than other documentary/editorial photographers who practice the “shoot and run” approach to street photography. And this is what makes her unique besides the gritty-yet-beautiful large pigment prints she produces which must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. She shot this series on film at 400 ASA and pushed it to 1200 ASA to obtain the very grainy look she achieves in this project.
After more than two years of documenting the Christopher Street scene, a project which is still on-going, and LGBT Veterans, Jo Ann relocated back to Austin, where she continues her photographic career.
Ms. Santangelo's work "Walking the Block: Christopher Street NYC" is exclusively represented by B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas.