Artist Lecture Series – 2010-2011 Archive

2010-2011 Archive - Artist Lecture Series

2011 Lectures

Joni Sternbach
 Artist Lecture – November 1, 2011

“Sternbach makes her photographs in tintype, a labor-intensive technique little changed since it’s invention in the 1850s. Spontaneous and unpredictable, the streaks and tonal variations in the finished photographs reflect their hand-made character, the corners rubbed where they were held in the camera. 

Posing on rocky outcrops, in front of uprooted trees, or on thick mats of woody flotsam, Sternbach’s surfers inhabit strange landscapes. The best of Sternbach’s photographs convey insistent longing. They are about relationships – the relationship between surfer and board, between human and landscape, between photographer and subject, and between the surfers themselves…she has discovered a new sort of home – a place without walls, defined only by belonging and the physicality of existence.” Phillip Prodger

Joni Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and seascapes. Her photography has taken her to some of the most remote deserts in the American West to some of the most prized surf beaches around the world.

Sternbach is an artist and educator and has taught for many years at various institutions.
Her series, SurfLand, captures portraits of surfers in tintype, and was shown at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, in 2009 and will travel to the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2013.

Her monograph, SurfLand, was published in May 2009 by photolucida.
Sternbach’s work is part of many public collections including the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston . She is the recipient of several grants including NYFA and CAPS and recently traveled to Byron Bay Australia as an artist in residence with Artpark.
Sternbach is represented by Joseph Bellows in La Jolla, CA, and Edward Cella Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, CA.

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Marcia Lippman Artist Lecture - The Secret Sits in the Middle
 – October 11, 2011

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Marcia Lippman has been shooting invisible light for 35 years. She uses her camera to locate herself in faraway places, often quite off the map, shooting mostly the beauty she has been drawn to through the romance of history or literature, mythology or religion. Through this construct she explores the world of the goddess, the missing mother, the inner child, the aging woman. Her images are dark and evocative, captured mostly in the shadowy, uncertain light of dusk.

Marcia hand prints her own images, which may be toned or painted, or even gilded, making each one essentially unique.

Marcia has exhibited her work at Staley-Wise Gallery and Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, Paul Kopeikin in LosAngeles, and at KMR Arts in Connecticut which has just showed her work from Italy and Buenos Aires entitled Journey by Moonlight. Her new work in progress is called Primal Wound, a visual memoir of her search for her mother. Marcia Lippman has two monographs~ Sacred Encounters East and West, and West Point, both by Edition Stemmle. She teaches photography at SVA, and was awarded a NYFA in 1987. Her

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Lori Nix Artist Lecture 
- March 29, 2011

Lori Nix is a photographer who constructs her subject matter rather than finding it. Influenced by landscape painting that possesses characteristics of romanticism and the Sublime, Lori creates photographs that depict our failing future and the demise of humanity, tempered with a touch a humor. As well as her own work, Lori will share images from other photographers and filmmakers who motivated her to take an alternative path towards photography and create dioramas. She will provide a background story behind each image and what inspired their creation, as well as explain her step-by-step process from the beginning of a diorama, to shooting it, to its final image.

Lori Nix was born in Norton, Kansas. he earned her MFA in Photography from Ohio University and her BFA in Photography and Ceramics from Truman State University. Her work has been shown nationally with exhibitions at ClampArt Gallery, New York, The George Eastman House, G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, WA, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA, the California Museum of Photography, SF Camerawork, and DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, and the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. Lori has received several photography awards. She is a 2004 and 2010 NYFA Individual Artist Grant recipient. Lori lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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2010 Lectures

Dan Estabrook Artist Lecture – December 7, 2010

Dan Estabrook will speak about his long exploration of historical 
processes, as an artist not seeking to revisit the past but to look at 
it from a 21st-Century perspective. The history he evokes in his work 
is a false one, meant to illuminate our present fears, fantasies and 

For almost twenty years Dan Estabrook has been making contemporary 
art using a variety of 19th-century photographic techniques. Lately he 
has focused on the earliest processes on paper – calotype negatives 
and salted paper prints – as sources for hand manipulation with paint 
and pencil. He balances his interests in photography and design with 
forays into sculpture, painting, drawing and other works.

Dan has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an 
Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994. 
He is also the subject of a recent documentary by Anthropy Arts. He is 
represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Daniel Cooney 
Fine Art in New York and Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta.

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Bryan Whitney
 Artist Lecture – November 9, 2010

Architecture and the Alternative Image: photographer and installation artist Bryan Whitney presents work that transforms architectural space.

Whitney has integrated architecture into his work for more than two decades.
The subject of his work has ranged from Russian Constructivism to Burmese Temples, from series focussing on Communication Towers to  “Obscure Structures”.   Recently he has created a number of site specific installations in architectural spaces.   Whitney will talk about his use of zone plate photography, stereoscopic imaging and X-rays to create personal and evocative images.

After graduating from the Tyler School of Art Whitney received a Fulbright Lecture grant in Eastern Europe.  He has photographed for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The World Monuments Fund, the NY Times, Fortune, Art and Antiques, Wired and others.  He currently teaches photography at Rutgers University and exhibits his work when the space fits.


Edward Fausty
 Artist Lecture – October 12, 2010

Edward Fausty, a practitioner of collotype, the little-known photomechanical printing process used in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to make exquisite ink reproductions (such as Eadward Muybridge’s Animal Motion studies), will give an artist’s talk about the process. He will show examples of his own work and that of former students and artists for whom he has printed, such as Kiki Smith, Accra Shepp, Chin Sung and Takeshi Kawashima. He will also provide a technical overview of the process, which is quite unique and different from its cousins, photolithography and photogravure. The purpose of the talk, aside from general education, is to assess the viability of setting up a hands-on collotype workshop.

Edward Fausty, a photographer and master printer, spent fifteen years teaching himself the near-extinct collotype process and participating in its rebirth as an artist’s tool.  He has taught the collotype process at Princeton University, The Printmaking Workshop in NYC and at his own studio. His photographic work is in numerous collections such as The US Library of Congress, The Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, The Canadian Center for Architecture and various corporate and private collections. He has received CAPS and NEA fellowships.

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