FRANK HALLAM DAY
Frank Hallam Day is an active photographer based in Washington DC who captures the colours and textures of open-air markets, caravan sites, isolated landscapes and busy harbors. Citing paintings as among his most important inspirations, his photographs – shot on 8×10, Hasselblad and large format banquet cameras among others – reference a rich canon of art history and offer fascinating insights into humanity’s footprint on the natural world.
FRANK HALLAM DAY (b.) is a fine art photographer from Washington. His work is represented in numerous museum and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the State Museum of Berlin, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent solo shows include: Orlando Museum of Art, USA, in 2012, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, USA, in 2012, Artisphere, Virginia, in 2012, Salisbury University, Maryland, USA, 2012, Goucher College, Baltimore, USA, in 2011. Recent projects include the erasure of personal and cultural memory in East Berlin, and on the impact of globalization on African identity. Frank Day was a winner of the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize in 2012 and the Bader Prize in 2006. He was Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in 2007, and was U.S. Cultural Envoy to Ethiopia in 2008. The artist has juried and curated numerous photography shows and competitions in the Washington area. He is also a writer for Photo Review and has taught photography at the Smithsonian Institution in other local programs.
Michael Mapes deconstructs the original subject in both a figurative and literal sense by dissecting photographs and then painstakingly reconstructing individual fragments into elaborate 17th-century portraits. His 3D reconstructions are made up of locks of hair, glass vials, magnifiers and gelatin capsules, existing somewhere between photography and sculpture, and solidifying the artist as an elaborate contemporary portraitist and collagist.
MICHAEL MAPES (b. , New York) obtained an MFA from the University of Illinois in 1992. Selected exhibitions include: “Face to Face, Wall to Wall” at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT, USA in 2014, solo show at Schoolhouse Gallery, NY, USA: group show, Victorious, Chelsea NYC Raw Art, in 2013, “We Find Our Way”, Parlor Gallery, NJ, USA, in 2012, “Terrible Twos” Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, USA, ”Outsiders & Objects” Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, USA, in 2011. The artist has been featured in various online platforms such as BBC, CNN, WIRED, This Is Colossal and most recently in the Observer.
Brian Porray’s cut-and-paste compositions transform collage into a visual force field of energy. At the same time, a blazingly chaotic miscellany of patterns unfolds across every available surface: stripes, checkerboards, circles, square, saw tooth edges, and rainbow arches – all fluctuating continually from crisp and neat to loose and sloppy, wavering and dripping. Porray uses “leet” computer hacker titles for his works, both recalling the digital age we are in while also refusing it through his large-scale hand assemblage, mixed-medium collage, and painting. There is a vigour within his works that is easily sensible immediately upon seeing his images as Porray taps into feelings of unrest and excitement.
BRIAN PORRAY (b. 1979, Las Vegas) obtained an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010. Selected solo exhibitions include ‘No New Moon’, Western Project, LA (2014), -(Darkhorse), Western Project, LA (2012) and Moon Zero X-M, Donna Beam Fine Art, Last Vegas (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2014), New Neon; Light, Paint and Photography, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, CA (2013), Art for Art’s Sake, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu (2013), Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA (2011) and Tompkins West, Dan Graham Gallery, CA (2011). Porray obtained a residency from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha (2012), the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant (2010) and is included in the public collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, LA, Pizzuti Collection, Ohio, Barrick Museum and the University of Nevada. The artist has been featured in various publications and online platforms such as the Los Angeles Times, New American Painting, Juxtapoz Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly and Modern Painters Magazine. Forthcoming exhibitions include; Dazed & Confused, Eric Firestone Gallery, NY (2014), NOW-ism: Abstraction Today, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus (2014), and Beers Contemporary, London (2014). Porray lives and works in Los Angeles, California.