Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cynthia Greig Featured in Group Exhibition

DNJ Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, is taking part in Drawing Pictures at the Camera Club of New York, which opens Thursday March 4 from 4-6pm!

Cynthia Greig, Representation # 29
(toaster), 2003, c-print, 20 x 24 inches

Drawing Pictures
Curated by Joelle Jensen
Jowhara AlSaud, Cynthia Greig, Ashley Reid & Athena Waligore
March 4–May 1, 2010

Opening reception: Thursday, March 4, 6–8pm Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday 12–6pm

CCNY is proud to present Drawing Pictures, an exhibition of four contemporary photographers who employ drawing to push the boundaries of both media. While ultimately photographic, the artist’s hand permeates each image. The explicit surfaces in each print prevent entry into the picture plane and prohibit escape into photographic illusion. Simultaneously, the mechanical process of photography suppresses the act of hand rendering. Drawing Pictures is the third in a recently founded series of guest-curated exhibitions at CCNY.

The artists in Drawing Pictures manipulate photographs by hand, adding physical and metaphorical layers through a hybrid process. Their images convey a physical engagement with complex subject matter. None of these artists are content to use the camera as a straightforward observational tool. They utilize Jasper Johns’ methodology—“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.”—expanding the boundaries of the medium.

Cynthia Greig and Jowhara AlSaud both play with the codification of a photographic language. Through processes of elimination, both artists reveal the vast amount of information contained in minimal imagery. Communication decelerates as these artists work back into instantaneous moments captured by the camera. Greig draws directly onto whitewashed objects before photographing them, creating images that look like phantom product photography. The dimensionality is unstable, fluctuating between sculptural and flat. The eye cannot help but fill in the blanks as questions arise about the camera’s limited point of view. AlSaud applies the language of censorship to her own imagery. She flips tools of suppression—which hide, corrupt or block information—by using them to utter quiet, meditative narratives. AlSaud, like the censor, manipulates imagery, communicating new meanings through omission.

Both Ashley Reid and Athena Waligore use the immediacy of drawing and photography as they delve into early experiences. Reinvigorating elements of childhood from an adult perspective, each artist relies on drawing to make her memories photographic. Reid reexamines her past through drawing, painting and collage to reconstruct experiences into which she inserts her adult body and viewpoint. Tangible sets are made from allusive memories that are energetic, immediate and expressive. Waligore collects snippets from popular fables, which she pins and displays like butterflies for further examination. The enlarged images reveal loose, exaggerated crayon marks coloring familiar characters. While the surrounding details and storyboards have been removed from these morals, the lessons are still recognizable.

The instantaneous moment—associated with the click of the camera’s shutter—is elongated through the act of drawing. If photography is conventionally presumed to be a transparent process—a one-to-one relationship between actuality and document—and drawing to be opaque and material, then the combination of these processes forms new visual realities.

The Camera Club of New York is a not-for-profit arts organization with a commitment to the field of photography since 1884. In addition to classes, darkroom, and studio facilities, CCNY is a sharing community of passionate and aspiring professional and fine art photographers. For images or additional information contact John Stanley, CCNY Director, at 212-260-9927 or Please visit our website at

Image Halos © Jowhara AlSaud, 2008

CAMERA CLUB OF NEW YORK (CCNY) 336 West 37th Street Suite 206 New York, NY 10018

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Laura Parker Solo Exhibition

DNJ Gallery artist, Laura Parker, will have a solo exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts from March 6 - April 18, 2010! There will be an opening reception on Saturday March 6, 2010 from 2-4pm in the Art Alliance Gallery upstairs.

Laura Parker, armory announcement, 2010

This exhibition features short animations and photographic wall installations that are individually printed in a color darkroom yet reference the kinetics of experimental film. The exhibition was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Cultural Commission and the city of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

DNJ Gallery is now on ARTNET!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sarah Schmerler Blog: Pamela Schoenberg in Photograph Magazine

Contributor to Photograph Magazine, Sara Schmerler, talks about the Janurary/February issue featuring an interview with DNJ Gallery owner Pamela Schoenberg!

Photograph Magazine Cover: Pam Interview

Gotta love the cover of this month’s Photograph, to which I contribute. It’s an image by French photographer Denis Darzacq, courtesy of Laurence Miller gallery, as described by Lyle Rexer. On my end, I got to talk to a swell photo dealer, Pamela Mayers Schoenberg, her profile excerpt, below:

Want to get a job done? Ask a busy person. Contemporary photographers who have the good fortune to be represented in Los Angeles by Pamela Schoenberg know this old adage to be true. A multi-tasker by nature, Schoenberg has run a contemporary photography gallery since 2007 in West Hollywood, raised three young children, pursued her own career as a black-and-white documentary photographer (in sites ranging from Israel to South Central L.A.), and made it all look easy. Relatively. “I answer e-mails and do work for the gallery at 9 o’clock at night, after the kids go to bed,” Schoenberg says. Her day typically begins at the gallery at 10 am. “I have a subscription to most every photo art magazine there is, and I look through them an hour before bed; I flag things; I research them on the Internet later. I find artists I like.” While most gallerists (male or female) cave in to the pressure to keep family out of the foreground, Schoenberg hangs it on a banner on the front door. Her gallery’s name, dnj, actually represents the initials of the names of her three children: Dora, Nathan, and Joey, ages 11, 9 , and 5. Schoenberg grew up in the Orthodox Jewish section of Cincinnati called Amberly Village, and her religion continues to play an important role in her life. After getting two undergraduate degrees (one in history, the other in photography)…

Well, you can get the magazine in a gallery or at a newsstand, to find out more, if you’re so inclined. I was impressed with her honesty about her home life, her personal life.

Here’s an image from her current show by "Richard Gilles, called, “Signs of the Times.”

Richard Gilles, LAMAR 001
Richard Gilles, LAMAR 001, archival inkjet print, 21 x 48 inches

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Artist Talk and Closing Reception

Please join DNJ Gallery for an artist talk with Richard Gilles on Saturday, March 6th from 4-4:30 pm. The talk will coincide with the closing reception for the exhibitions, "Signs of the Times" and "Laundry Lines" featuring the work of Richard Gilles and Bernadette DiPietro. Refreshments and wine will be provided.