Thursday, September 27, 2012

DUMBO Arts Festival 2012

Dates: 28—30 September

We are delighted to support the annual Dumbo Arts Festival again this year—a vibrant 3 day celebration of art, music and performance. Last year's festival attracted in the region of 220,000 visitors to the neighborhood. We'll be observing the festival hours throughout the weekend: 

Friday: 6pm-9pm
Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

The public is invited to vote for their favorite exhibition at the festival. Voting is via the festival's mobile app, which is free to download and easy to use. You can also vote by texting the project name Sightlines and Pastoral Monuments to 917 545 5934. Please VOTE for our exhibition!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HELEN SEAR In Her Own Words

In 2010 our gallery artist, Helen Sear, was awarded the prestigious Major Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales. It's given to artists living and working in Wales, who have demonstrated excellence in their artistic practice.

The award is designed to enable the recipients to dedicate a sustained period of time to their artistic practice, and requires the development of new work. 

The video below is the interview undertaken for the award, where Helen Sear talks about her practice as a whole, and more specifically the key elements that inform the conceptual framework of her artworks. She also provides some insight into the inspirations behind Pastoral Monuments, currently showing at the gallery.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


This weekend, a new art fair will present photographs previously 'unseen'. The Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam) is being promoted as an 'art fair with festival flair'. For galleries, attendance is by invitation only, so it will be interesting to see how that works.

An exciting element of the Unseen Photo Fair, is the give-away of 400 vouchers, as prizes in the Dutch BankGiro lottery (funded by a partnership between Blockbusterfonds and the Dutch government). Each voucher is worth 1,000 Euros and can only be spent on photographs at the fair. Each of the exhibiting galleries have also donated a photograph to the Unseen Collection, an exhibition of artworks being sold for less than 1,000 Euros.

This is quite exciting for those who won the vouchers—especially those people who may be purchasing artwork for the very first time. To help the fair visitors, and potential collectors, in their journey to buying contemporary photography, the fair organizers have been posting some very interesting interviews with collectors. Here's one:

Video published on You Tube, Aug 22, 2012 by

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


When you ask an experienced collector, what one should look for when collecting photographs. The same answer can be heard over and over—buy what you're passionate about. If you see a photograph and it speaks to you in some way, it will provide you with pleasure and enrich your life for many years.

In many ways, the same can be said when selecting artists to represent at the gallery. We're often asked how we choose our artists and what it is that we're looking for. Of course, there are many concerns that we address. That said, there has to be passion for what we see. The photographs need to speak to us.

Our most recent signing is no exception. In fact, we've been wanting to work with John Blakemore for awhile, and are delighted the timing is now right to do so.

Tulipomania II ©John Blakemore

I first met John in 1989, when I attended one of his artist talks. To say that I was mesmerized is an understatement. A few years later, I was very fortunate to be taught by him on the BA (Hons) Photographic Studies program at the University of Derby. The darkroom workshops with him were nothing short of magical. He taught me to print, to 'make' a photograph, to 'see'. We became friends.

It's a huge honor to work with all of our artists. But, there's no denying that it's pretty special for the student to represent the teacher! We look forward to re-introducing his artworks to the US market, to looking after his legacy and to sharing the passion that we have for his magical photographs.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

HELEN SEAR: Monograph

A significant retrospective monograph—charting Sear's 30 year career—was published by Ffotogallery (Wales) in February 2012. Signed copies of, Helen Sear Inside The View, are now in stock at the gallery. The monograph includes Sear's key series of artworks and an excellent essay by writer/critic, David Chandler. Beautifully designed, the book is printed in a small edition of 800, with signed copies available for $50 USD.

Friday, September 14, 2012

HELEN SEAR: Sightlines

We're very pleased to be kicking off the new season with a fantastic exhibition of new work by Helen Sear. Two bodies of work are being shown.  

Sightlines, completed in 2011, are small-scale artworks—pigment prints with acrylic gesso—that confound our expectations in the most delightful way. As a viewer of the work, the relationship with each photograph is intimate, yet active. Showing in the rear gallery space, the linear presentation clearly demonstrates the reiteration of color and form, figure and ground, the visible and the unseen—all themes that recur across the artist's practice.

Sightlines, Untitled 16 ©Helen Sear 2011

Pastoral Monuments, showing in the front gallery space, is a wonderful reference to the historical photographs of the botanist and photographer, Mary Dillwyn. Sear brings the arrangement and photographing of flowers in domestic crockery, right up-to-date within her own conceptual framework.

Pastoral Monument 6, Daucus Carota ©Helen Sear 2012