April 4, 2013
DUMBO section of Brooklyn
First Thursday Art Night
Several days ago while I was riding on the F train, a young man walked into the car and started perusing some small sized, beautiful photographs. As there was an empty seat next to me, I asked him to sit down, inquiring about his photographs. He sweetly invited me to his opening the next day at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art in DUMBO. It was DUMBO’s First Thursday and with camera in tow, I headed out to 111 Front Street Galleries. The group show Process Points at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art housed a collection of ethereal, fantastical work that drew me in slowly, and methodically. My friend from the subway, Jeffrey Johnson, gave me a warm hello and explained the “process points” of his expressive Providence, RI photographs. Beautiful to behold as it is to understand his process.
I meandered down the hallway, with my destination in focus, United Photo Industries. I love this gallery, foremost because they consistently curate contemporary photography in an interestingly – no nonsense way, The opening of Melissa Cacciola’s War and Peace presented forty-eight tintype portraits of active duty military and veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines as a kind of confessional before the camera. Fifteen men and nine women of various backgrounds, ages, and roles in the armed forces have been photographed in uniform and civilian attire in an exploration of war, identity, and what serving in the armed forces means. Melissa Cacciloa’s tintype photographs, a labor intensive process used in the Civil War conveyed the intensity of valor and pride in the eyes of each and every serviceman/woman. I know, it probably sounds cliché, but the photographs truly intensified my feeling of American pride by studying the expressions of the men/women displayed. Some of the servicemen/women attended the gallery opening and I felt lucky to meet them and thoroughly enjoyed their thoughts about the show, and their service. Job well done to these American heroes! May they enjoy their peace time life as well.
Incidentally, the NY Times had a great article highlighting Civil War Tintypes this week http://www.nytimes.com/
Well, my travels have just begun but there will be more to come. I hope you can wait for the next one in the horizon. Best to all – Olya
For details on both shows, please see below:
Process Points / On View: April 4 – 28. 2013
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun (12 – 6 pm)
Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art. 111 Front Street, Suite 222. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Melissa Cacciola: War and Peace / On View: April 4 – 27, 2013Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 11 – 6 PM / Saturday 12 – 4 PM
United Photo Industries (UPI) HQ is located at:
111 Front Street, Suite 204. Brooklyn, NY, 11201
written & photographed by: Olya Turcihin