Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Photography Exhibition at Eye Studio Gallery


The Eye Studio Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Jeffrey Ladd on view from December 6th until January 26th 2008. There will be an opening reception on Thursday December 6th from 6-8 pm. This show brings together 24 photographs of religious festivals and ceremony in Mexico and Nicaragua.

“For approximately three years I have been examining and describing aspects of religious faith based around Catholicism. After marrying into a family whose religious beliefs and practice are steeped in Catholic traditions, I have been balancing between my own beliefs and my criticism of the politics of such a powerful institution such as the Catholic Church.

Photography has been a way for me to examine those traditions that are new to me and see both the beauty and my personal critiques within the same moment. This photographic project has been my way of bridging the divide between personal faiths and politics and establishes, in images, a way for me to navigate this new territory aside from my biases.” Jeffrey Ladd

Drop by, have a drink, look at some photographs and introduce yourself. (If Senior Whiskets panned your book now’s your chance to get even.)

The Eye Studio Gallery is an exhibition and work space for the photographers Ed Grazda, Jason Eskenazi, Doug Sandhage, Pedro Linger-Gasiglia and Jeffrey Ladd. The exhibition schedule will alternate between presenting original works of these photographers and exhibitions dedicated to celebrating the “photobook” as a work of art.

The Eye Studio Gallery is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district at 526 West 26th Street in suite #507 on the fifth floor. Besides specific event dates or opening reception times, the gallery will be open by appointment only. Appointments can be arranged by calling (212) 242-1593.

3 comments:

China Plate said...

Good luck with the show Jeff. Great to see that you are starting to make things happen.

chuck shacochis said...

Jeff, Good luck with the show. I'd love to see it but unfortunately I'm in Baltimore. So now that you have finished this series of photographs about Catholicism, do you feel differently? I was raised Catholic until the age of 9 and then my mother left the faith and took my brother and I with her. I have some serious problems with the way they conduct their "religion", business, and politics. But I do appreciate the beauty of some of the rituals. - Chuck

Jeff Ladd said...

Chuck,

The project is on-going and I have the similar feelings about the institution as you do although I was never a part of the church. What interests me is how people express faith. I have never been a strong believer so to be among the seriously devout and observing is interesting. Do I feel differently? Not about the politics and guilt and fear but for me the rituals and seeing people give themselves entirely is very interesting and can be quite beautiful. They hold onto something that I do not have in my life and in an odd way I am envious. That is, of course, aside form the damaging aspects.
That being said, friends of mine taught by nuns have deeper issues that even beautiful photos won't dent.