12th ANNUAL ALAMEDA ON CAMERA
Alameda On Camera Exhibit: April 5– June 1
Gala Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 7-9 pm
Mid-show Reception: Friday, May 10, 7–9 pm
Alameda On Camera Photographers:
Eric Ahrendt; Cassie Arnold; Paula Berry; Bonnie Blake-Drucker; David Bock;
Michele Bock; Brittany Bradley; Carrie Clinton; Jennifer Cook; Jeff Cullen; Andre Cunha; Cha Dye-Levias; Stephen Elbert; Jared Elizares; Marc Fournier; Keith Garrison; Neil Geller; Jill Gorman; Taylor Griffith; Jeff Heyman; Kathy Hurtado; Barbara James; Hassaun Jones-Bey; Jennifer Kennedy; Joel Key; Zalina Kotaeva; Alisha Laborico; Eddy Lehrer; Charles Lucke; Karen Braun Malpas; Phillip Matarrese; Andy McKee; Melanie McMullen; Brandon Meins;
Kelly Parker-Bridges; Amy Patick; Marilena Petrella; Eduardo Pineda; Michael Prouting; Ellen Rosenthal; Christopher Saunders; Christopher Seiwald; Yaniv Sherman; Roseanne Smith;Luis Solorzano; Michael Teresko; Robin Young; and Philip Zike
Alameda On Camera Youth Photographers:
Ava Burton; Kyle Gorman; Annika Kapur; Mominah Khan; Vivi McKee;
Owen Merritt; Ishita Suresh and Theo Wilson
2019 AOC Juror Jenn Doyle Crane
ALAMEDA ON CAMERA 2019 - Favor
Jenn Doyle Crane currently serves as the Project Manager for the Civic Art Collection of San Francisco, bringing over 20 years’ experience in fine arts collection management. She is responsible for the planning of complex installation and conservation projects involving the historical Civic Art Collection and for new artworks entering the collection, either through the Public Art Program, gifts, or other means. Recent projects include large architecturally integrated artworks for the San Francisco International Airport, Moscone Center and Central Subway. In her tenure, she has conducted an unprecedented inventory project, setting and collecting data points for artworks of the Civic Art Collection; enabling accurate fiscal projections for its long term care and maintenance, and bringing details of the collection online to coincide with the agency’s recent redesign of the website. The collection consists of over 3,500 artworks, including public monuments and murals, contemporary public art installations, paintings, works on paper, ceramics and jewelry.
Before joining in SFAC in 2012, she coordinated numerous traveling international exhibits; implemented institutional and private collection management procedures; for private and public institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Bay Area private fine art collections and estates. When not at work, she runs the Alameda Fruit Co., a community-based food project; and curates public art programs and exhibitions under the auspices of "Awe Lab".
by Karen Braun Malpas
It’s springtime which means Frank Bette’s 10th annual Alameda On Camera exhibit is once again lining all the walls with a plethora of images of our lovely city. It’s not exactly pictures OF Alameda but, pictures taken IN Alameda by 48 artists who were randomly assigned 1/48th of the map of Alameda to document in 48 hours followed by a month in which to make something interesting from that visual gleaning.
There are 11 awards of excellence this year. Here are some more,…mine. Most Evocative Of The Human Condition is Jeff Cullen's sepia tone “Contemplation.” In the foreground, we see a seated figure in profile looking out to sea. In the distance is a small standing figure. Many Alamedans have sat just like this and so, might project themselves into the body language. Is the contemplation morose or grateful? If there is a relationship between the figures, is it menacing or anticipatory? Is the solitude of the figures welcome or not? i.e. are they alone or lonely? The design is full of poignant, peaceful, open space in which thoughts may be carried outward and expand.
Best Variation of a familiar theme is Cha-Dye-Levias’ “Succulent C.” Succulents are imminently photograph-able and this show includes several examples. This particular image, however, depicts a more rare species focused such that we aren’t certain whether it is flora as she states or fauna such as the eye of a fly or the armor of some creature’s scales. It’s not even clear whether the dark at the edges and light at the epicenter is zooming in close or zooming out into deep space. The questions keep us looking, engaged and wondering.
Best OMG, I’ve Never Seen That Here! is Ellen Rosenthal’s “Plenty of Sand.” The composition is 3 horizontal bands. In the foreground is a dark fence made subtle by
containing many tones of darkness which prevent it from going flat. The fence fences
in foreign-looking mountains of sand which read like someplace far, far away. Above floats a band of noncommittal pale blue sky thus illustrating once again that this little city by the bay has it all, including deserts.
There is much rewarding work to see in this photo-based show which will be up through June 1, Wednesday - Sunday, 11-5.