Current Exhibition at the Gallery at Still River Editions
Wide Awake in Dreamsville
Photographs by James Rohan
June 14 – Sept. 26, 2014
Opening reception / Open House Day
Sat., June 14, 12 noon - 5 pm
Artist's talk at 3 pm
"Last Stand", "You Can Lead a Horse to Water" © James Rohan
“Wide Awake in Dreamsville” is a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by Wakefield, Massachusetts photographer James Rohan. Rohan uses "toy" cameras and traditional black and white film to capture his images. This exhibit is the third in a series at the Gallery at Still River Editions that focuses on contemporary photographers who use film in this age of all things digital.
For thirty-five years, Rohan worked in the photographic industry as a commercial photographer and co-owner of a photographic lab. Rohan exhibits nationally, and was recently the featured artist of the 7th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show at RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA.
The opening reception is Sat., June 14, 2014 from noon – 5 pm and is part of the State of Connecticut’s 10th Annual Open House Day. The event is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and James Rohan will give an artist’s talk at 3 pm. It is the Gallery at Still River Editions’ 4th year participating in the annual event, which involves over 200 organizations and attractions across the state. Other Danbury venues participating in Open House Day are Danbury Railway Museum, Art & Frame of Danbury, and Trailer Box Gallery.
Artist's Statement: James Rohan
I am a late arrival to my own photography. I spent thirty-five years in the commercial photographic industry as a studio photographer and photo lab co-owner. To this end, my time was devoted to making images for others. But in the past five years, in the semi-retired commercial photographic life that I now lead, I have rediscovered my own photography through the use of plastic cameras. Why plastic cameras? Well, it's pretty much the antithesis of everything that I did in the commercial photographic world for all those years. I think of using plastic cameras as sort of a therapy, a cure for the super sharp, detailed color images that dominated my professional past. The commercial imagery has now been replaced for the most part by blurry black & white images. These images are evocative of memories and dreams for me and allow me to create my own personal photographic past that I missed for the last few decades. I find that plastic optics, rather than super sharp modern lenses, are wonderful tools for recording places as memories. As I get older and have less of a future and much more of a past, I'm storing up these half-remembered moments quickly these days, making up for lots of lost time.
About the Gallery at Still River Editions
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.
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