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Photo Exchange members Ellen Butler, Bill Collins and Bill Livingston to show at 2nd City Council Gallery 10th Anniversary show.

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on December 29, 2010


Modblog copyright by Bill Livingston


"Shadow at Evening Rising." copyright by Ellen Butler



Copyright by Bill Collins


2nd City Council Art Gallery in Long Beach, CA is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a new show that presents art work from a variety of media. The 10th anniversary show marks a milestone in the gallery’s life and owner Cheryl Bennett invites all lovers of art to join her in celebrating this milestone by joining the celebration of the artists’ work at the reception on Saturday, January 15 from 7-9 pm.

The show’s juror is Shea M Gauer.  Shea is the co-owner/operator/curator of {open}, a local independent bookstore that is soon to celebrate its 7th anniversary. From the very beginning the store was designed as a multi-use space and continues to feature monthly and bi-monthly art exhibitions from a range of local and international artists. {open} also hosts literary events, film screenings and performances as well.

Shea is also a member of FLOOD, the Long Beach based artist group that produces the annual SoundWalk event. The group has also curated and designed installations for the Torrance Museum of Art, Phantom Galleries LB, The City of Santa Ana and 2CC.

For personal expression, Shea is musically involved in a number of groups including the experimental projects smgsap and qqq, as well as playing bass in Greater California. He is also a freelance designer ( creating band/event posters, book covers, cards, invitations, and monthly illustrations for the Los Angeles publication LA Record.

The artists reception will feature the music of  Marc and Pattie Davidson, members of the local trio Second Wind. Marc and Pattie will be performing folk, country, international, and original material that first brought the couple together in the coffee house circuit.  They also have a great on-stage demeanor, punctuating songs with brief stories about their origins that are both educational and very enjoyable.

The 10th Anniversary show runs January 8 through February 6, 2011 with the artists reception on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 7 – 9 pm

By Jim McKinniss

Photo Exchange members Brad Kim and Jim McKinniss to show in 10th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration at 2nd City Council Art Gallery

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on December 29, 2010


Remembrance copyright by Brad Kim


Return copyright by Brad Kim


Midnight #1 copyright by Jim McKinniss


Midnight #5 copyright by Jim McKinniss

Photographic works by Photo Exchange members Brad Kim and Jim McKinniss have also been selected for inclusion in the 10th anniversary show at 2nd City Council.

For information about this show, please see the posting immediately above.

The 10th anniversary show runs January 8 through February 6, 2011 with the artist reception on Saturday, January 15 from 7 – 9 pm.

The gallery is located at 435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Contact information (562) 901-0997 or

By Jim McKinniss

December Meeting / 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by vogelart on December 27, 2010
The December meeting turned out to be a full house. Nearly 40 people in attendance and 17 names on the board to show work. Here are a few highlights from the meeting. As usual, the members never disappoint the group with new and interesting work. I am looking forward to a great new year, see you all in January 2011.

In the image above, Ted Nichols discusses his technique used to create his new infrared photographs .

Scott Mathews shows his digital image transfers, a technique that uses inkjet film and an alcohol gel to transfer the image to water color paper. The image below shows one of his black and white photographs transfered using the technique. He has passed along this link for additional information about the transfer technique he used to create his images.


Ellen Butler shows how she turned her unfortunate car accident into fine art abstract photographs.

Manny Martinez answers questions and discusses his color landscape photographs with the group.



Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on December 22, 2010

"You have never been there" copyright by Mores McWreath

kunsthalle M+B

M+B and François Ghebaly Gallery are pleased to announce their second collaboration for KUNSTHALLE M+B with Between Everywhere, an exhibition of video and images lingering on transitory moments and interstitial spaces by New York based artist Mores McWreath. As our world plunges deeper and deeper into a state of ecstatic and continuous communication, where even brief private moments are churning with the all-consuming, superficial chatter of reigning networks, McWreath’s work seeks out rapidly diminishing liminal space by employing imagery from our media culture while denying specificity. Following the success of his solo show curated by Andrea Zittel at the CUE Art Foundation in NYC in the fall of 2009, this will be McWreath’s debut solo exhibition on the West coast.

Between Everywhere focuses on the neutral; moments apart from and between the endless harassment of communication networks whose daily bombardment works to exterminate interstitial space.  McWreath’s work seeks to access the recesses of the mind, balancing somewhere in the state between waking and dreaming. Culled together over the past year in a process based on digital cataloging, researching and most importantly visual consumption, the exhibition centers around a feature length video, You Have Never Been There. Composed entirely of scenes lacking people from 120 apocalyptic movies, it is an ambient film of silent landscapes, seething seas, glowing moons, and panoramic rubble. Very much a self-portrait of Western culture delivered through the envisioned landscapes of it’s imagined destruction, McWreath’s film perpetually wavers in a state between horror and beauty, science and fantasy, suspense and relief.  Using scenes that filmically function as establishing or transitory shots and that deny the viewer specificity, the final product exists almost exclusively as an in-between state, representing an idealized space of potential and projection.

Mores McWreath (American, b. 1980) received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MFA from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts.  He attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2008-09. In 2009 he had his first solo show in New York at CUE Art Foundation curated by Andrea Zittel.  Recent group exhibitions include Video Art: Replay at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2010; Theoretical Practice at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, 2009; Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2008; Ghosts of Presence at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2007; and Flex Your Textiles at John Connelly Presents, New York, 2006.  His work has been screened in festivals and exhibitions both nationally and internationally including Videomedeja Serbia, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, 700IS Iceland, and the Jakarta International Video Festival.  He currently teaches at The Cooper Union.

For further information, please contact Alexandra Wetzel at M+B at (310) 550-0050 or

This show runs December 11 – January 29, 2011

By Jim McKinniss

Bedtime for Bonzo at M+B Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on December 22, 2010

Arthur Ou, Screen test 4 (Point Reyes) copyright Arthur Ou



M+B is pleased to present Bedtime for Bonzo, a group exhibition curated by Matthew Porter with participating artists Walead Beshty, Gil Blank, Matthew Brandt, Andrew Bush, Eduardo Consuegra, Moyra Davey, Arthur Ou, Matthew Spiegelman, James Welling, Hannah Whitaker and Mark Wyse.

Like a river that returns every year to its floodplain, our politics and entertainment can be expected to return to the preceding decades for material. In particular, much of the recent rhetoric from the mid-term elections echoed the eight years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Viewing Jimmy Carter’s famous 1979 “Malaise Speech” as a herald of the 80s, this show presents a selection of images that, when stripped of their original contexts, serve as both index and icon for a decade best defined by a sententious leader. They can also be seen, in the decade before the Internet, as a late-century analog swansong. This is the Eisenhower era in color, with a technological upgrade. The confection-coated green and silky whites of the suburbs look saccharine next to rust-belt towns in decay—evidence of the simultaneous achievement and dismantling of the American dream.
Bedtime for Bonzo is a 1951 film starring Ronald Reagan as a moralizing pedagogue intent on meliorating a chimpanzee’s understanding of right and wrong. If the images on the walls feel equally didactic, remember that this is a show about the 80s, when subtlety was traded for over-dramatic hyperbole.

For further information, please contact Shannon Richardson at M+B at (310) 550-0050,, or visit our website

This exhibition runs December 11 – January 29, 2011

By Jim McKinniss

Photo LA – 2011 at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photography by douglaspstockdale on December 19, 2010

Looking ahead >


JANUARY 13 – 17, 2011.

Photo LA XX is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, and is the longest running art fair west of New York, and is the largest photo-based art fair in the country. The fair will return to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium but will include off-site programming, events, seminars and discussions with celebrated artists like Uta Barth and Tim Hetherington.

Hopefully see you there!

Book review — Galen Rowell’s “The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography”

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on December 12, 2010


Image copyright by Galen Rowell

The name Galen Rowell is certainly one of the most recognized names in outdoor photography. For years Galen published a series of essays in Outdoor Photography magazine that discussed his philosophy of what makes great outdoor photos.

Galen and his wife, Barbara, were killed in a plane crash at Bishop, California in 2002.

For Galen how the photographer creates the photograph was one of the most important aspects of the process of making pictures. Galen wanted to make photographs that conveyed his sense of the moment to the viewers of the picture. To this end he discussed not only the mechanical and technical aspect of the process such as f-stops but also the importance of understanding atmospheric conditions, how they affect light and how that light is rendered on film. That’s right film.

The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography is a compilation of the 66 essays that Galen wrote for Outdoor Photography and includes more than 140 color photographs. Each essay is presented individually as it appeared in the magazine rather than being combined into a single narrative style. Most essays are no more than two pages in length which is in keeping with the print format of Outdoor Photography’s essays.

While there is some technical discussion of things such as f-stops, lens choice, etc., the essays focus more on the emotional and intellectual aspects of the creative process.

Even though the book contains 140 color photos, it is not what would be considered a photo book since the page size is about 10”x7” and most photos are positioned as multiples on a page.

As you read through the essays you begin to gain an appreciation for Galen’s deep connection to the natural world. If you pay attentions to the lessons contained in each essay and incorporate them (when appropriate) into your photographic methodology, you should become a better outdoor color photographer.

As previously mentioned, the essays do contain some technical details but this is done only to set the stage for the reader. Galen’s focus is on the aesthetic view and emotional experiences he brings to his photography and this makes the book’s audience, in part, anyone who is interested in the art of outdoor color photography. Moreover, these views and experiences translate directly to other types of photography such as documentary, street, and fine art. So I would recommend this book to anyone interested in developing their artistic vision and expression.

By Jim McKinniss

A few words about Bruce Ecker’s show at Gallery 478

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on December 10, 2010


Indian Room copyright by Bruce Ecker



Roof Rider copyright by Bruce Ecker

For those of you who don’t know about Gallery 478 in San Pedro, California let me say that you’ve been missing out. The gallery is owned by photographer Ray Carofano who presents art work in a variety of media.

Ray’s photography shows are always a wonderful treat for anyone who is interested in modern photography. I wrote about his current show featuring the photos of Bruce Ecker on November 24 and have since had the opportunity to see the show at the opening reception. The work in this show covers a variety of  themes but share the common thread that they are all self-portraits. I can’t remember seeing any other exhibition of any size by an artist in which every photo is an expression of his alter egos.

Bruce Ecker, who also answers to the name Dr. LaRue, is  a local artist who has lived in San Pedro since 1985. Although this is not his first show, it is the first show featuring his self-portraits. Bruce brings a sense of offbeat playfulness to these photos.  Each group of photos shows Bruce’s mastery of lighting.  And each group presents the viewer with a look at rather odd moments in life.

The  group of self-portraits that I found to be  the most interesting are from the Son of Clownfaced series. I asked Bruce to tell me more about this series including some of his thoughts about it. Here is what Bruce had to say:

“The clown does not have a name; he is the son of a clown – the son of  Clownfaced. He is not really a clown, in the traditional sense, since he didn’t go into the business and he has no traditional clowning skills. He does not know how to make people laugh. He is just like everyone else, except he doesn’t look like everyone else. Most people can tell that he is not really the thing that he appears to be.

I can’t explain why one day I decided I needed a clown nose. Things like this just happen. One year, and several grease-painted head shots after the nose arrived, a pair of clown shoes were purchased for a self-portrait in a jail cell. And there I was, I had the shoes, the nose, and no interest in wearing grease paint ever again. As it happened, the clown shoes were the only good shoes I had, so I started wearing them on occasions when good shoes were required. I was, both, surprised and relieved to find that usually no one noticed that I was wearing clown shoes in public. A friend, that had noticed, came to the studio one night with a suitcase containing a clown suit. I was not fond of it when I received it; I really did not want to keep it. The suit had come from a real (but recently deceased)  clown. Though that was an appealing provenance, it wasn’t enough for me to want to make a commitment to it — every stitch of clothing I own is a commitment and I do not wear any of them lightly. To this day, when I open the suitcase, I am disturbed by the look, the smell, and the feel of the suit… until I put it on. It is not a pleasant outfit to wear. It is made of wool — it is hot, ill-fitting, awkward to move around in, and falling apart. But not long after the shoes are tied and the nose is taped in place, I start to feel rather comfortable…both, in the suit, and as is so rarely the case, in my own skin. The clown has become more than a prop, more than a persona…It is a tool to explore, to cope with, to poke fun at the normality and incongruence of everyday life.”

This is truly a show worth seeing.

Bruce’s show runs through February 25, 2011

Gallery 478 is located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment. For visuals or additional information please call 310-732-2150.

By Jim McKinniss

“New York, NY” – A photography exhibition at Duncan Miller Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on December 10, 2010



Times Square, New York, 1954. Copyright by Louis Stettner

The 1950s represented a special era in Manhattan. This exhibition captures that vibe — the raw energy and edge of the City That Never Sleeps. Cool cars, sexy people, movie marquees, buildings, billboards and the ambiance of NYC.

This exhibition includes works by Bernice Abbott, Henri Daumann, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Ken Heyman, Larry Levenstein, Benn Mitchell, Norman Parkinson, Frank Paulin, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Louis Stettner, George Tice, Brett Weston, Garry Winogrand and others.


Opening reception Thursday, December 9, 7-9 pm


Duncan Miller Gallery
10959 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90034

Hours: Thurs-Sat, 11-6
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By Jim McKinniss