Camille Seaman Exhibition and Artist Talk

This Month (and a half) we will be showing the work of photographer Camille Seaman.

Camille photographs both storms in the midwest of America and Icebergs in both arctics!

To give you a flavour of what Camille is about here are some excerpts from articles published recently. Camille is presently at sea but will be in the gallery doing a talk during her exhibition, we will announce the date. Camille has done TED talks and if these two of many articles are anything to go by it will be a “must see” talk.

"“I wasn’t born a storm chaser”, says Camille Seaman of her career which is far from commonplace. The American photographer’s interest in storm chasing came during an offhand moment: “I was watching my daughter and vacuuming whilst she was sitting on the couch watching storm chasing and it just looked so interesting - the colours, the light, and she caught me looking at the TV and told me I should do that!” she explains. “So, during a commercial break I Googled ‘storm chasing’ and a whole, new world appeared. Three days later, I was there, I was doing it.”

From this day Seaman’s photographic landscape shifted forever. “I feel a sense of belonging. Not because I’m photographing, but because I am present and realise that our experience as humans on this planet is limitless,” replies Seaman when asked what she has learned (and what she hopes others will learn) from her photographic series The Big Cloud. Recently published by Princeton Architectural Press, the book is both beautiful and shocking in its portrayal of Seaman’s experiences as a storm chaser.” DAZED 2018

And also this:

“In 1999, Camille Seaman was waiting to board a plane at Oakland International Airport when the gate attendant announced that the flight was oversold and offered a free round-trip ticket to anyone willing to give up a seat. Seaman took it and, after thinking through possible destinations, made a decision: The ticket was on Alaska Airlines, so she'd use it to go to Alaska.

"I decided to go to Kotzebue and walk across the ocean toward Russia to get a sense of what that must've felt like for my ancestors," says Seaman, who was born to a Native American (Shinnecock) father and an African American and Irish mother. 

Later that year, she flew to the small town bordering the Chukchi Sea and, in subzero temperatures, took her first step onto the Kotzebue Sound. "I started to walk out on the frozen ocean and ended up having this experience," she says. "For the first time in my life, I understood the teachings of my grandfather. I understood I was standing on my rock, that I was an earthling, that I was made of the material of this planet and that I would return to the material of this planet."

It wasn't until after 9/11 that Seaman, who had been making moccasins and traditional beadwork for galleries, chose a different medium through which to express this new awakening: photography. When the Twin Towers fell, she realized that her newborn daughter would never know them the way she had—except in an image.

"What can I do to counter this darkness," she wondered as the United States' Afghanistan bombing campaign got under way, "and to show that there is something beautiful about this life and this planet?"

Since taking her first trip to the Arctic in 2003, Seaman has created a series of astonishing photos that capture the lucid beauty of polar ice, and its vanishing reality. Her mesmerizing chronicle of melting icebergs in Svalbard, Norway; Greenland; and Antarctica led to a National Geographicaward in 2006. In 2007, she received the top monograph award by Critical Mass, and American Photo selected her as one of the top 15 emerging photographers. Her work has since appeared everywhere from National GeographicNewsweek, and Time to Outside and the New York Times.

In her running series The Last Iceberg, cathedrals of ice precariously teeter over the glaucous waters of the Arctic and the Antarctic, seemingly at once invincible in their sheer magnitude and contingent—each colossus stranded by a moat of water like the sinking totem of a bygone age. In other photos, frozen blocks cracked open like geodes reveal swirls of jade and turquoise colors, or hollow chambers stippled with ice crystals. Landscape photography becomes something more like portraiture as each iceberg emerges with its own personality. These mighty faces of the Arctic peer back at us from the picture frame, magnificent and defiant yet overwhelmed. 

Between several return journeys to the Arctic, Seaman traveled to more than 30 countries to document the impacts of climate change on other fragile ecosystems. She's also a dedicated storm-chaser and has created a photo series of epic clouds she likes to call "lovely monsters."

Seaman's daughter, Tala Powis Parker, accompanied her to Svalbard in 2003 and then went on subsequent outings to Antarctica and Greenland. Their latest expedition together took place last year, again to Antarctica. "I thought nearly every day how what I was seeing could be gone in the next year," Parker says. "My response was to be so thankful for being here. But also, me being here is part of the problem."

"I'm just there to press the shutter," Seaman says. "I understand that it's a calling. Sometimes I'm weeping as I take the picture, because I feel like this is all I can do: push this button."

SIERRA 2018

Photographer Haal Talk & Exhibition

Talk 18th September

Exhibition 3rd September until 16th October

Join us and Tokyo based Photographer, Photographer Haal to discover his remarkable work in which he shows his collection of vaccuum packed couples and now entire families(!).  Haal will be in the Studio on the 18th of September from 7pm talking about his work

 

Our Current exhibition photographer haal draws together Haal's series'  Flesh Love, Flesh Love REturns and Flesh Love All in Studio Bizio from 3rd sEptember until 16th October.

 photographer HAAL (Haruhiko Kawaguchi) invites couples to wrap themselves in plastic and then be deprived of air for up to ten seconds. "Inside this transparent prison, time stretches, bodies transform and lovers merge".

"I make them choose a place for shooting,’ the artist says‘men and women are attracted to each other, and try to become one. this fundamental desire carries an energy that affects all matter in the world. I wonder: what is the reason we have to make such an effort to become one — possibly we were originally one? I intend to visualize this power of love by adhering and unifying couples."  Haal
"Couples are married, cohabiting, divorced, and sometimes even hating each other." Haal
"I felt it was the most private place for a couple. Here, love could reach its peak" Haal

 

Studio Bizio's Edinburgh Festival Group Show 2018
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Studio Bizio

Festival Group Show 1st August - September
Lydia Panas talk on Tuesday 9th Aug 7pm
 

We will be showing the work of five photographers during the Edinburgh Festival this year.
Lydia Panas
KK de Paul
Iain Stewart
Galina Kurlat

Jessica Hines
 

Selected work from the festival show

                               

Lydia Panas

Panas holds degrees from Boston College, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University and received an independent study fellowship from the Whitney Museum.

She has photographed for The New York Times and exhibited in the US and abroad. Her book The Mark of Abel was named one of Photo District News Books of 2012 as well as best coffee table book by the Daily Beast. She has been invited to teach classes and lecture in various colleges and venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, LafayetteMuhlenbergCedar CrestMoravian, and others.

Panas lives in Kutztown, Pennsylvania

                               

KK De Paul

A Project Statement for her series Only Child (!)

" When he was five, his daddy was hanged for murder. When he was six, his mother left him on the steps of the orphanage. Later, when he was much older, he tried to kill himself...and when it didn’t work the first time...he tried it again. This lost boy became my dad, and I was his only child. He was my first love...the man against whom I measured all others. It is only now, eight years after his death that I have come to understand how much my sense of ‘normal’ was colored by my dad’s dysfunctional past. My childhood was a study in duality. Our relationship was a complex two-step, and I was never quite sure who was leading. After his two suicide attempts, the dynamic changed and I became the parent, and he became the child. And the dance began again. I began this project eight years ago when my father’s death left a raw open wound. Somehow I knew that over time the weight of loss would ease, and I would be compelled to revisit...to reassess...and to find connections between that wounded man-child and the solemn little girl who became his lifeline.

As a photographer, I used to chase ‘other people’s’ stories until I realized that the stories I knew best were the ones already inside me, just waiting to be told."

                               

Iain Stewart

"There is a quality of questing to Iain Stewart’s photography, a reflective, meditative engagement with the world through recording its images. A text accompanying a 1992 photograph (The Traveller) reads: " ... I travelled the world in search of ... something. I knew I would never find it. But it was a nice journey." His photographs mark stages in that nice journey: beginning, middle, and end.

Beginning

Whether or not it seeks overtly to represent them, photography is always held within, and holds, specific places. As a form that records and represents particular appearances, it refers to a ‘here,’ whether or not that 'here' is its primary signification. But when a path is introduced, the image becomes about ‘not-here,’ too; it becomes resonant with ‘elsewhere,’ the possibility and the promise of passage."

Ian Tromp

 

Galina Kurlat 

Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow, Russia in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 2005 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

In Kurlat’s work, she explores the intimate relationship between photographer and sitter through large format photography using expired Polaroid film, and the wet collodion process. These photographs are as much about the collaboration with the sitter as they are the resulting images. The slow practice of creating large format photographs, using a medium which allows for almost immediate viewing, invites the sitter to participate in orchestrating the final image. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX. 

                               

Jessica Hines
"The box stood packed away high on a closet shelf for over twenty-five years. Packed by my mother, it contained the letters, photographs, medals, and important papers that had once belonged to my deceased brother, Gary. It was serendipitous that I came to open the box and read the letters. Not having read them since I was a child, the time period was brought back to life for me. It was as if I could hear my brother speaking – it was as if he were still alive and I was listening to him talk about his life. –"

Jessica Hines, My Brother’s WaR


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Lydia Panas Artist Talk 9th August

Lydia Panas is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited widely, including at The National Portrait Gallery, London, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Lydia’s work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, Popular Photography, and others. She received a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship, and has taught photography at numerous institutions that include The Museum of Modern Art. Her first monograph entitled “The Mark of Abel” — which will be on display at PCA&D during the Mosaic Project exhibition through November 15 — received a “Best Books” nomination from Photo Eye Magazine (2011), named in the Photo District News “PHOTO ANNUAL – Books of 2012,” and cited as “Best Coffee Table Book of 2012” by the Daily Beast.

Jessica Hines will be here for an artist talk on the 10th July 7pm

American photographer Jessica Hines will be in Studio Bizio for an artist talk about her work on the evening of the 10th of July.

 

"Jessica Hines’ project “My Brother’s War” (2007–16) is the artist’s sensitive attempt to reconcile and artistically reconnect with her brother, who committed suicide 10 years after his return from Vietnam. Using his letters and “souvenir” photos from the 1960s, Hines went to Vietnam to retrace her brother’s steps. She has combined his now-vintage photos with imagery from her trip and snippets of his letters to create a visual narrative that weaves their two stories together. Many of the photos have the slightly “blasted” look of overexposed Kodachrome, and often the light is deliberately a bit too harsh, the color a little off-kilter. But the imagery is delicately constructed — echoing, perhaps, the elusive nature of memory. As part of the gallery’s ongoing public art installation along Market and Van Ness Streets, the curators have used these images to create 36 posters for outdoor public display on kiosks  Printed large, they look like an almost psychedelic journey."
  Peace and Grief in the Art of US Veterans
 Hyperallergic - Melissa Stern February 13, 2017
Jessica Hines opening on the 18th June

 

Jessica Hines

Opening 18th June

Artist talk 10th July 6pm (talk at 7pm)

Studio Bizio is pleased to announce that Jessica Hines photographs will be exhibited in our gallery in Edinburgh this coming June 2018 

The exhibition will be on view at Studio Bizio, located at 20A Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, from June 18 - July 30.  

Jessica will be talking about her work on Thursday 10th July at 7pm

Jessica's work is in many permanent collections and museums see bio

Artist and storyteller Jessica Hines, uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Hines began to cultivate her creative disposition early in life and her love of the arts led her to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Continuing to pursue her interests, she studied photography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Jessica Hines

June 18th to July 30th
Artist talk: July 10th 6-9 PM