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Exhibition Announcement | Second Nature | Gallery 27

Exhibition Announcement | Second Nature | Gallery 27

Second Nature: Brooks Institute | MFA in Photography 2015 Gallery 27 is pleased to present Second Nature, opening October 1, 2015 – November 1, 2015. This group show highlights the graduate candidates from Brooks Institute’s Master of Fine Arts in Photography program. Through the course of a life individuals acquire...
Photo Book Review: Spook Light Chronicles, Vol. 3

Photo Book Review: Spook Light Chronicles, Vol. 3

    “You only show the one side of a revival meeting,” comes the deep southern drawl of a man sitting in the packed audience of a conference room at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans. “That’s just the one part of it.” His tone betrays more than just...
Alumnus' Exhibition Review: Parallel Realities by Ricardo Rodríguez

Alumnus’ Exhibition Review: Parallel Realities by Ricardo Rodríguez

  Ricardo Rodríguez was raised with the mindset of being trapped between two worlds and cultures: the Puerto Rican and the North American.  As a result of coming from a country that is influenced by two cultures, it is in his nature to question perceptions of reality. As part of this investigation,...
Motives & Depth: Evan Temchin in conversation with Tim Bradley

Motives & Depth: Evan Temchin in conversation with Tim Bradley

Sea-girl, 2011   Every day that I sat in Tim Bradley’s class, I became more and more intrigued with his teaching style. Having the opportunity to have a one on one conversation with a teacher outside of school is a rare and unique event. As an emerging artist and educator,...
Peripheral Tension: MFA Exhibition 2013 - Art Review/Santa Barbara News-Press

Peripheral Tension: MFA Exhibition 2013 – Art Review/Santa Barbara News-Press

By Josef Woodward A certain air of bittersweet emotion is a natural byproduct lately when visiting the Brooks Institute of Photography’s Gallery 27, knowing the impermanence of this fine photography showcase gallery, and the longstanding, local institution that Brooks has been in our town. An impending uprooting and relocation of the gallery next year,...
Jessica De Muro - 54th International Award Bice Bugatti

Jessica De Muro – 54th International Award Bice Bugatti

I received an invitation to show my body of work, Unspeakable, at Italy’s 54th Annual Premio Internazionale Bice Bugatti – Giovanni Segantini. The Bice Bugatti Club sponsors the international awards in Milan. The Club works in partnership with many galleries worldwide with the objective of creating interactions with artists from different regions as a...
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Studio Wall Project: 'Positive Phototaxis' – Ziyan Zhang

Studio Wall Project: ‘Positive Phototaxis’ – Ziyan Zhang

Positive Phototaxis by Ziyan Zhang plays with iteration. He deliberately pulls the viewer into a chaotic world of everyday commodities where the person cannot resist the temptation of perpetual expectation. The disturbing elements of the multiples planes beginning with the appearance of a picture on a wall hung by string secured with a thumbtack leads the viewer into deeper and deeper questioning. The work is currently on...
Studio Wall Project: 'Night Games' – David Paul Leighton

Studio Wall Project: ‘Night Games’ – David Paul Leighton

Night Games by David Paul Leighton contained in a wooden box reveals a surrealistic internal landscape of conflicting elements. He juxtaposed gender stereotypes as they confront each other in a confined space. There is a question of competing forces suggested by the light coming through the back slats. Something is about to happen… The work is currently on display in Ventura campus at 5301 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA.
Studio Wall Project: 'Le Monde Sans Moyens' – Alex Kay

Studio Wall Project: ‘Le Monde Sans Moyens’ – Alex Kay

Verging on apocalyptic, Alex Kay’s Le Monde Sans Moyens submerges the viewer in a world of decay. The repetition of crosses and the use of green in a decimated landscape pose a question of hope and resurrection or impending doom. Man’s actions will determine whether to preserve the ruins, begin to rebuild, or let entropy take control. But who has more power, nature or man? The work is currently on display...
Studio Wall Project: 'Putting My Heart out on the Line' – Kelly Mitchell

Studio Wall Project: ‘Putting My Heart out on the Line’ – Kelly Mitchell

Putting My Heart out on the Line by Kelly Mitchell shows us the perfect postcards both haunting and poignant. Each image is a picturesque place strategically linked with a man’s name. The strong use of line emphasizes the emptiness in these otherwise lovely environments. The color palette subtly creates a sense of longing, reverie, and reminiscence. The work is currently on display in Ventura campus at...
Studio Wall Project: David Paul Leighton exhibits in the new Brooks cafe

Studio Wall Project: David Paul Leighton exhibits in the new Brooks cafe

Deliberate Visage, a series within my larger body of work It’s All About Me, analyzes both the construction and deconstruction of my portrait.  Using numerous alternative processes in an unending effort to try my hand at new mediums I am simultaneously investigating how I choose to show myself to the world.  My hope is to open...
Hashtag Art

Hashtag Art

This posting arose from a lively classroom discussion in Seminar 2 of the MFA program as a result of comparing the work of a current painter with that of Van Gogh. While the starting point involved looking at a painter and deciphering the differences between imitation and emulation, it broadened into discussing fine art in...
Studio Wall Project: ‘Permanence’ – David Paul Leighton

Studio Wall Project: ‘Permanence’ – David Paul Leighton

Immersed in a world of perpetual change, we calmly relish in the tranquil moments of consistancy. With “Permanence” I search through my dual persona of business-man/ artist, asking “what is the difference between achieving desired permanence and succumbing to toxic stagnation? Photographer Kelly Mitchell talks about the artwork: ‘A suited, masked, businessman faces his fragmented reflection. How...
Celebrating Photographers of Color and the Collectives That Have Nurtured Them

Celebrating Photographers of Color and the Collectives That Have Nurtured Them

Dulce Pinzón, Catwoman, c. 2010. From the series ‘The Real Story of the Superheroes’ Celebrating Photographers of Color and the Collectives That Have Nurtured Them Essay by John Edwin Mason “And who else is there?” A staff member at a well-known photo festival and I were nearing the end of an awkward conversation. A number of us...
The Photographer's Guide To Photo Contests: 2015

The Photographer’s Guide To Photo Contests: 2015

  One of the best ways to get your work seen and invite people to your website for discussions about your projects, artwork, etc., in my opinion, is to just get it out there. This will not only get you to create work and show the viewing public your creativity, but this is also a...
Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Adrian DiUbaldo

Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Adrian DiUbaldo

93% of all human communication is nonverbal. We are constantly scanning each other’s bodies for gesture about who we are and what we are saying to each other. Simultaneously, we are constantly sending signals by means of our body language. Life distracts us though, and we sometimes forget to gesture and to look for gestures....
Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Rob Gainor

Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Rob Gainor

We all know the poem “Sticks and Stones”. It has been used by people over the years to tell victims of verbal abuse to just ignore it. Injuries from stones cast at us and sticks used to beat or stab us eventually heal but verbal insults go much deeper and cause an unseen wound that...
Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Nicole Anne Spahn

Studio Wall Project: ‘Communication & Medium’ – Nicole Anne Spahn

Nature and man have ben intertwined as one since the beginning. Yet we battle with our Mother Earth’s natural way of existence, we ravage her. An observation has been made by some that she creates plagues to combat our destructive ways. This vicious battle between man and nature must stop before one of us loses....