LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES
February 8 – March 4, 2014
Dedicated to the memory and the creative spirit of Ruth Bernhard
Submission deadline – Midnight Monday January 6, 2014
Juror: Mark Sink
LightBox welcomes submissions for The Photographic Nude 2014. This juried exhibit explores the artistic and creative view of the body and it’s form. This exhibit celebrates the nude in photography by embracing a variety of styles. We welcome the timeless elegance of a classical study, while also encouraging alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible. LightBox is pleased to have Mark Sink as juror for this exhibit. Mark is a photographer, curator and teacher, who has made a living from fine art photography since 1978.
Juror’s Statement: The Nude
Art is an attempt at the sublime. Great images talk to you and keep talking through the years, never growing old. I am a gushy romantic and I still believe in beauty. I am looking for work that has a good concept. Show me a truly unique concept and you very well could be the winner here and the world over. I like work that explores with ideas and explores technically. I love to see letting chance happen. I love collage ( digital or hand cut) and the use of found images pulled together into one concept. I am from the old world of photographic craft in silver printing, platinum and other alternative processes so those are near and dear to me. I am hoping to see the male nude. I am hoping to see nude submissions from female photographers. The nude (magical, erotic, aesthetic) has been modeled and painted since prehistory. This show is part homage to its great history but also a search for the break outs.
Today the nude is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The nude in general, in America, is in a very victorian suppressed state. Debates seem to be increasing around artists and photographers and their nude subjects. Objectification and the male gaze is at the center of the feminist march. Conservative society in the other corner. I am not going to open that door here but I ask.. can one be an object and subject at the same time? I say yes. Can one be simultaneously exposed and empowered? I say yes. I also believe a great concept can win everyone over. Lets put up great work and march on! ~ Mark Sink
About our Juror, Mark Sink
Mark Sink presented in BLUR 21 | WET PLATE section by Robert Gojević
Mark Sink lived in NYC through the 1980s and worked with and documented the lives and works of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rene Ricard and other art luminaries of the 1980s. In the early 1990s Sink was a inspiration and co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In recent years, Sink works as a private art consultant in Denver, independently curating a wide range of artists and shows. The most recent of note is MOP, the Month of Photography Denver that stirs up over eighty venues into one month of celebrating photography. Well known for his images made with the plastic Diana camera, recently is exploring collodion wet plate technique with partner Kristen Hatgi. Sink’s work is in numerous museum collections as well as gallery solo and group shows world wide. He is represented by G. Ray Hawkins in California, Robin Rice in NYC, and Rule Gallery in Denver. Photography runs deep in Sink’s family heritage. Sink’s great-grandfather was photographer James L. Breese, who was the founder of the Camera Club of New York, one of the earliest organizations of fine art photographers. Even further back, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Breese’s uncle, is known as “the father of American photography”.