Thursday Salon: David Spear

Thursday evening at 6pm, FRANK hosted a salon with David Spear. Spear is a Guggenheim Fellowship and NC Artist Fellowship award-winner and nationally exhibited photographer. Through the evening, Spear showed examples of his work and explained his processes.

David Spear spent the majority of his career as a darkroom photographer, developing works from his travels within the United States and abroad through traditional means. With the introduction of the digital darkroom, Spear has become acquainted with new methods, incorporating new technology in the development of his photographs.

The discussion following the lecture touched on the controversy of manipulation in the darkroom and on the computer. Artists present supported the addition of the DSLR and computer to the photographer’s toolbox, recognizing them as new ways to create and refine artwork. Bill McAllister noted how manipulation in photography has been present from the beginning with the alteration of the image from color to black and white.

After the discussion, a short reception followed.


The Image in Flux Opening

Friday evening marked the Opening of FRANK’s new exhibition, Changing Focus: The Image in Flux. Starting at 6 pm and ending slightly after 9 pm, this event brought many to FRANK.

Visitors of the night had the opportunity to view the new selection of works and mingle with a handful of the artists. The steady crowd of 150 guests left the gallery buzzing with happy conversation and laughter all night through.

This exhibit is up through November 3.

Upcoming Events:

1.The Modern Photographer

Thursday, September 20 at 6 pm at FRANK Gallery

The nature and use of photography is evolving at light speed. Are the internet, galleries and specialty magazines the new venues? How does the photographer address this from aspects of journalism, documentary and fine art photography? Speakers: Pat Davidson, Mmichael Itkoff, Jock Lauterer.

2. The Harvest | La Cosecha (U Roberto Romano, 2011)

Thursday, September 20, starting at the Ackland Art Museum

Begin your evening at the Ackland: look at art connected to this evening’s film and then head to the Varsity to watch this movie.

3. The Discerning Eye: North Carolina Museum of Art Special Tour

Friday, September 21 at 7 pm at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Chief Curator, Linda Dougherty leads a special tour of the Julian T. Baker collection, A Discerning Eye, featuring the work of some of the most important photographers of the 20th century.

The Image in Flux Artists Talk

Thursday, September 13, FRANK hosted an Artists Talk with the featured photographers of Changing Focus: The Image in Flux. During the evening, guests were led on a tour of the gallery, hearing from Bill McAllister, Barbara Tyroler, John Rosenthal, Caroline Vaughan, Peter Filene, and Bryce Lankard about their works and processes.

Bill McAllister, nationally exhibited and published photographer, began the evening with a presentation of his 20×24″ Polaroid images. Taken around in the 1980s, these images bring attention to LBGT rights and are still relevant today. In another part of the exhibit, Bill had works from his travels in China exploring the juxtaposition of new technology and tradition.

Barbara Tyroler, award-winning photographer and FRANK Gallery Education Outreach Co-ordinator, spoke next about her underwater photographs. Taken of her father, these works explore family relationships and the dreams that arise from memory.

John Rosenthal, nationally exhibited photographer, writer, and lecturer, talked next about his works taken in museums. The photographs spoke to the presentation of artworks in a gallery and the tension between viewer and art that arises.

Following Rosenthal spoke Caroline Vaughan, well-known and recognized professional photographer. Caroline’s pieces create conversation about family, relationships, and the passing of time.

Peter Filene, author and award-winning professor and photographer, presented after on his pieces. Peter’s photographs, a part of the series “Picture, Picture on the Wall,” explore the relationship of people to art and of art within art.

Bryce Lankard, internationally exhibited and award-winning photographer, ended the evening with a discussion of works from his series, “Blink of an Eye.” In his talk, Bryce described the process of translating the emotional and psychological responses to a sense of loss into his photographs.

A light reception followed.

Featured artists not present were:

Alan Dehmer, well-known photographer and author; Wojtek Wojdynsk, well-known professional photographer; Jackie Tait-Leebrick, ECU Associate Professor and internationally exhibited and award-winning photographer; Sam Wang, well-known professional photographer; and fiber artist and silk installation collaborator Peg Gignoux.