The group exhibition Six Lenses curated by photographer Sara Petitt features the work of Katherine D. Crone, John Lamparski, Mitsuya Okumura, Sara Pettit, Akemi Takeda, and Leon Yost. Petitt’s goal was to combine the works of artists who use photography in a very personal context. The pieces range in subject matter from the artists’ travels, the backstage of fashion events, to unconventional techniques like drawing on image and printing on silk organza. The result is a dynamic and eclectic exhibition.
John Lamparski photographs many fashion events. In the photos selected for this show we get a glimpse of unrehearsed back stage shots where models are having fun or pensively await their turn to go on the runway. Akemi Takeda incorporates images of the city she lives in with transfer image techniques, combined with delicate drawings; she succeeds in creating her own surreal cityscapes. Leon Yost has travelled extensively photographing perhaps soon to be lost images found on cave walls. With very personal symbolism for the cultures he visits his imagery has a strong and direct power. Mitsuya Okumura also bases many of his photographs on countries he has travelled to. After working in commercial photo studios for many years it is now important for Okumura to show very personal images. Sara Petitt also travels whenever she can. Her photographs convey the atmosphere of the places she visits by concentrating on unique people going about their daily lives. Katherine D. Crone, in this work based on an image taken in Japan, reinterprets traditional photography by printing on silk organza and restructuring the image to create one that is new and ethereal.