Juried Photography Exhibition:
SATURDAY, JULY 31
5pm - 11pm
1650 Gallery is hosting a juried exhibition of photographs exploring the theme of COMMUNICATION. Photos that communicate surround us in the form of advertising, fashion, lifestyle/editorial and products. From the simplest "Don't Walk" Sign to a bus stop for Apple's iPad, photos that communicate make the world go round.
Juror Mark Matsuno, a leading Los Angeles design and advertising professional, chose thirty photos for exhibition at 1650 Gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Of these thirty submissions three were selected as the top choices by Mr. Matsuno and will be awarded a cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
There were many quality submissions and it was a tough process for juror Mark Matsuno, but he took care to choose his favorite photographs that best fit the theme "Communication." All thirty selections will be included in the show that opens on July 31 at 1650 Gallery in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.
First place goes to Mike Callaghan's Eat the Rich because I feel it is a complete statement with the ghetto graffiti contrasted against the lush Gucci billboard in the background. I like the contrast of the symbol for capitalism being "rich" in color and the dilapidated old
clapboard house with the graffiti being drab. The overall composition is also strong.
The Gucci outdoor board works as the subordinate image at a distance.
It seems to imply that that world is out of reach. Unattainable.
Second place is Inga Petersen's Patriotism because it is relevant and timely, and I also like the tension she captures in the model's expression. Is the artist saying that this country does not allow you to have a voice? It makes you think. And I appreciated the premeditated vision as opposed to being at the right place at the right time. It encourages in-studio, controlled lighting and conceptual thinking.
Third place is Sonia Melnikova-Raich's End of Modernism. I see the European stop sign symbolizing the end of modern art. The way the poster is curling off the wall and obscuring the Picasso face is a nice touch to further that point along. From an image standpoint, I like the way the red stop sign pops against the stone wall, just standing there like a sentinel keeping you away. The composition helps to create a division to reinforce the idea of culture vs authority.
View the full gallery of selected images. We hope to see you at the opening on July 31st!
Juror: Mark Matsuno is the owner of Matsuno Design Group, an entertainment creative boutique located in Glendale, California. After attending college, he landed an art director position at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, a large advertising agency in San Francisco. From there, he moved to Los Angeles as an art director at Young and Rubicam West. Before starting Matsuno Design Group, he freelanced with many of the top advertising agencies in town. During the course of his career, he has worked closely with scores of local photographers and illustrators in creating a successful body of print advertising.
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