Lisa K. Blatt often works in extreme landscapes, including a camping trip in Antarctica -- spent mostly on a live volcano -- where she shot with her 4 x 5 camera. Her work explores the intersection between the still and moving image; nature and culture; perception; and how landscape may represent being and non-being, presence and absence, infinity and finality. Her work examines how landscape may be defined by what is not visible, what is memory and what is trace.
Her work has been included in international and domestic exhibitions, including: Polar Extremes, a solo show at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography Reykjavik, Iceland (2009), Sound Design for Future Films, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2008), the Shanghai Biennial (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Paranoia at the Freud Museum in London, England (2007) and Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba.
United States' shows include: the solo show "Night Light" at Mills College Art Museum (2006), Air Cube+ Land/Art at the Richard Levy Gallery in New Mexico (2009), and First Look at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York.
She has been awarded grants and residencies by organizations including, the National Science Foundation's Antarctica Artist and Writers Program (2008), the Kitteredge Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (2006 and 2007), and the Djerassi Foundation (2010) among others.
Lely Constantinople has a deft vision and a unique aesthetic harkening back to photographers Atget and Kertesz. Photographing both every day environments and places she has journeyed to, Constantinople brings her vision and experience to the landscape, creating something universal. She displays images taken in Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Paris, France.
For fifteen years, Constantinople has been working as a photographer and freelance photo-archivist/editor, exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous private collections, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
In recent years she has worked as the director of several photographic archives, including the David Fenton Collection, an archive of over 4000 images of the late 1960s counterculture; the Volkmar K. Wentzel Collection, an archive of over 12,000 negatives and prints of the late National Geographic photographer and writer Volkmar Wentzel; and the collection of Lucian Perkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Washington Post. She is currently working with Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, editing and managing his collection for book projects, representation with Getty Images, and other ventures.
Constantinople has edited several books, most recently SHOTS: An American Photographer's Journal 1967-72, by David Fenton (2005), with contributions by Norman Mailer, Tom Hayden and Chris Murray (Govinda Gallery). She recently curated "David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution" with Steven Kasher of Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC. She is currently working on the book and exhibition project "HARD ART, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1979", about Lucian Perkins' photos of the D.C. punk scene circa 1979-80, with husband Alec MacKaye and curator/gallerist Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects. She teaches photography at Sidwell Friends School. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1993.
Kate Macdonnell's images are from the series the elements, or what we got. In this series, the field of view is often floating up above the horizon, or sinking down below it. So although the landscape is the point of departure, we are arriving at a waterscape, a firescape, or in the case of these two images, an etherscape and an airscape. The halo phenomenon is experienced partly through the blue tinted windshield, giving this natural event an unnatural hue. In Ether, the sky is pinned down to the earthly dimension with the three elements at the bottom of the image: tower, sun, airplane. So this smoggy, ethereal fog is only there because of the impact of humanity on the planet -- slightly evidenced by the tower and the plane, but also in the color of the atmosphere itself. It could be viewed as a nautical version of the "glass: half full or half empty": Is this a sign of delight, or should we take warning when venturing into this landscape?
MacDonnell's work has been exhibited at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in PA; Woodstock Center for Photography in NY; the Embassy of Peru in DC and the Instituto de Arte Fotografico in Lima, Peru; and Kunstlerwerkstatt in Berlin. In 2004, she received a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has served as a visiting artist at George Washington University and artist-in-residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her work has been published in The Photo Review and Photography Quarterly.
E. Brady Robinson received her BFA in Photography from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at the Aspen Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Florida State Museum. Reviews include: Afterimage, The Washington Post, DC City Paper, DCist and HOY Santo Domingo. Select collections include: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Orlando Museum of Art and the Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo, DR. Robinson's work was included in ZONES Contemporary Art Fair Miami 2007 and Art Now Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008. Recent exhibits include: Scenes from Jesusland at Orlando Museum of Art.
Artist website: www.ebradyrobinson.com
A contemporary photography exhibition of four cutting-edge women photographers. Featuring Lisa K. Blatt (San Francisco, CA), Lely Constantinople (Washington, DC), Kate MacDonnell (Washington, DC), and E. Brady Robinson (Washington, DC & Orlando, FL), "Remote" refers to the desolate far reaches of the mind and the land - places hard to reach but rich with reward when found and discovered. Images of Antartica, compliment hypnotic ethereal images of the sun and sky. Mysterious pictures of Paris, and romantic images of Mexico connect and thread the desolation of the desert and the rich colors of the evening sky.