Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the photographs of Deborah Bay as the sixth and final show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from March 31 – May 4.
Deborah Bay’s series, The Big Bang, brings the issue of gun control to the simplest, yet most powerful, level: the bullet. After Houston law enforcement professionals fire shots into plexiglas, Bay photographs the aftermath in the studio. The resulting images resemble vivid exploding galaxies. The vibrant colors and unearthly imagery of the photographs intrigue the viewer with “the psychological tension created between the jewel-like beauty and inherent destructiveness of the fragmented projectiles in the plexiglas.” While Bay herself does not make any direct stance on gun control, the conflict – between these images of awe-inspiring splendor and the deadly force behind their creation – cannot be ignored.
Deborah Bay holds a PhD in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. Living in Houston, she is an Advisory Council member for the Houston Center for Photography. She exhibits nationally. www.deborahbay.com
Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the photographs of Paul Plunket as the fifth show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from February 17 – March 30.
Paul Plunket’s series, The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza, documents visitors trying to understand what exactly happened when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Since 2007, Plunket has photographed these tourists, with the Texas School Book Depository, the Triple Overpass, the Red Courthouse and of course, the Grassy Knoll, as a background. Using his Leica M9 and street photography sensibilities, Plunket captures visitors “walk to the middle of Elm Street to stand on the ‘X’ that marks where the bullet hit the President, point to the window on the sixth floor of the School Book Depository to calculate the difficulty of rifle shots, and stand behind the picket fence atop the Grassy Knoll to measure the likelihood that a second gunman could escape undetected.” In seeing The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza, the viewer is challenged not to look at every possible conspiracy theory about what took place on November 22, 1963, but to examine the reactions of people in the photographs, and their own, to that significant day in history.
Paul Plunket holds a law degree from the University of Houston. He is a professional freelance photographer, and has taught photography for continuing education in Houston.
Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the wet-plate collodions of S. Gayle Stevens and Judy Sherrod as the fourth show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from January 13 – February 16.
Wet-plate collodion artist S. Gayle Stevens, collaborates with pinhole camera-maker Judy Sherrod, to create the series Our Nocturnes. Meeting in Pass Christian, Mississippi (a middle-ground between the artists’ residences in Chicago and Texas, respectively), Stevens and Sherrod make mammoth wet-plate tintypes measuring an unbelievable twenty by twenty inches. Resembling the work and process of early survey photographers, such as Timothy O’Sullivan, and inspired by Claude Debussy’s orchestral nocturnes, Our Nocturnes reveals the beauty of the Gulf Coast with its ethereal seascapes and “a little night music.”
S. Gayle Stevens, who lives in Downers Grove, IL, holds an MFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and frequently collaborates with Judy Sherrod, a camera maker from Wichita Falls. They exhibit nationally and internationally.
For more information, please visit www.sgaylestevens.com and twooldwomen.wordpress.com.