News Release

For immediate release
September 17, 2012

Contact: Charlene Ventura
YWCA President & CEO
(513) 241-7090

The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery presents as part of the FotoFocus Celebration LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND METAPHOR, ARTCHETYPE & SYMBOL Photography by Nancy Rexroth, Judi Parks, Jane Alden Stevens
YWCA Women’s Art Gallery 898 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 Opening Reception Friday, October 12, 2012 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wine & hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP (513) 241-7090 or [email protected]

“Landscapes of the Mind” offers an historical look into how metaphor, archetype and symbol weave together to transcend ordinary reality in three stylistically different photographic art projects created at 20-year intervals. The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery is proud to present this exhibit as part of the inaugural FotoFocus celebration, which spotlights independently programmed exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art.

Nancy Rexroth’s iconic monograph, Iowa, is credited as the first publication of a serious body of fine art photography taken with a Diana plastic toy camera. Published in 1977, it catalyzed a new genre of photography. For the first time, new photographs are exhibited from the Iowa archive of 16,000 negatives. Rexroth’s ethereal images remove both time and place, pulling the viewer into a dreaming state that hints at a vaguely remembered childhood or a faint feeling we have been there before.

Judi Parks is a highly awarded photojournalist whose 1990s work from “City Shadow: Mythic Journey of the Hero” takes the viewer on a journey through the urban landscape where subjects become characters in individual life myths and nothing is quite what it appears to be. Reality is reported factually, yet what viewers see represents a tale only they can tell.

Jane Alden Stevens’ current work examines the process of apple growing in northern Japan, bearing witness to the care and precision with which these farmers approach their work. Just as the orchards could not exist without the intervention of human hands, these photographs create a parallel world that exists only within her frame. Collectively, the photographs carry the viewer between the spaces of a haiku, where one is left to fill in the silence. Stevens serves as Chair of the Department of Photography at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

The multiple bodies of work produced by these artists have been highly awarded and collected by museums nationally and internationally. They represent a rich history of photographic art as it has evolved over the last four decades.

“Landscapes of the Mind” opens on Friday, October 12th and runs through January 10, 2013.

The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the YWCA, 898 Walnut Street (on the corner of 9th and Walnut), downtown. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by special arrangement – please call 241-7090 for more information.

Judi Parks fine art
studio 313
Pendleton Art Center #313
1310 Pendleton St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-843-2710 Office/Home

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