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The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico

April 21 - July 9, 2017 // Spector Ripps Project Space 

Opening reception on Friday, April 21, 6-8pm in the Spector Ripps Project Space

ABOUT

The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico was originally conceived as an online web project by the internationally known photographic blog  www.LENSCRATCH.com. The intention was to virtually spotlight photographic artists working in each U.S. State, devoting an entire week to 7 artists from that state. A guest Project Editor/Artist was invited to represent each state by LENSCRATCH founder, artist, and writer, Aline Smithson.

Jennifer Schlesinger, artist and curator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was invited by Aline to curate a week of New Mexico photographers in April 2016 who had not been spotlighted on the blog before, introducing the LENSCRATCH readership to new and innovative photographic work being made in New Mexico. Jennifer invited the following artists to represent New Mexico for the online LENSCRATCH States Project: Michael Berman, Kate Russell, Caitlyn Soldan, Robert Stivers, Laurie Tumer, and Will Wilson.

This virtual curated show has now culminated into a physical exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts. The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico photographic exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, opens to the public with a reception on April 21, 2017 and is on view through July 9, 2017. There will be a Gallery Talk with the artists on Saturday, April 22 at 12:30pm.

For the last decade, LENSCRATCH has featured the photographs of a different photographer every day. We are proud of our efforts to celebrate this community and give opportunity and exposure to wonderful image makers. But we also know that there are countless photographic voices yet to be heard and new and innovative ways of working to explore. We have also come to realize that the best way to learn about these photographers is from those in close proximity. We were excited to ask photographer, gallerist, and educator Jennifer Schlesinger to take on the role of the New Mexico States Project Editor, where she shared the work of six talented photographers. We are thrilled that the result of that curation is now a gallery exhibition, providing another opportunity to shine a light on these projects. Thank you to Jennifer for her insights and expertise and for celebrating these artists -- Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor of LENSCRATCH

THE PROJECT:

Jennifer Schlesinger's task as the New Mexico Project Editor was to curate a week of blog posts, spotlighting one artist per day for a week. She was to showcase photographers making significant work in New Mexico. Schlesinger was to introduce the artist, then present their biography, project, and artwork to the readership in one blog post. Jennifer invited photographic artists Michael Berman, Kate Russell, Caitlyn Soldan, Robert Stivers, Laurie Tumer, and Will Wilson, to represent this facet of photographic artists in New Mexico.

To begin the New Mexico States Project week, Aline began by spotlighting Jennifer's own artistic work, interviewing her on the blog for the readers to get to know her as a curator, and as an artist. Jennifer then introduced one artist per day for the remaining six days of the week on Lenscratch.com.

In Aline's words:

I can’t think of a better person to tackle the task of New Mexico States Project Editor than Jennifer Schlesinger. Jennifer navigates many photographic arenas in New Mexico as an art photographer, gallery director, curator, educator, and all-things-photography enthusiast. As the Gallery Director of VERVE Gallery [at the time of this interview] in Santa Fe, Jennifer is intimately involved with regional and international photographers, making the selection process for this week even more challenging. New Mexico draws a host of classic and historical photographers, but the state is also home to a number of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs that are inspiring a new generation of photographic artists. She has quite a creative well from which to draw. - Aline Smithson

Jennifer's interview by Aline Smithson can be viewed here.

Image courtesy of artist, Jennifer Schlesinger

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