October 26 – December 5, 2021
Joy Bush, Anton Gautama, Judi Iranyi, Charles Mintz, Colleen Mullins, Roberta Neidigh, Jane Szabo, Brandy Trigueros, Kathleen Tunnell Handel, Ira Wagner and Melanie Walker
Events during Home Views -
7 November, 2021 Artist Reception
4 November, 2021 Online via Zoom
Colleen Mullins Artist Talk
10 November, 2021 Online via Zoom
Joy Bush, Jane Szabo, Kathleen Tunnell Handel and Ira Wagner
16 November, 2021 Online via Zoom
Judy Iranyi, Charles Mintz, Roberta Neidigh and Melanie Walker
17 November, 2021 Online via Zoom
As we head back inside after a summer exploring outdoors and the world around us, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts showcases eleven photographers’ presenting solo exhibitions under the overarching idea of “Home”. Home Views opens on Tuesday October 26th contrasting eleven different visions of the emotional and physical spaces we inhabit.
During the course of the exhibition, we will hear from these eleven artists with a series of panels and artist talks, telling their stories and showcasing the works from each of their series featured here.
Joy Bush– Places I Never Lived
The series Places I Never Lived is an exploration of the way that people put their mark on the world. While photographing the facade of each house in a sleuth-like fashion, I fantasize about who lives there and what life is like on the inside. It is not spying or voyeurism. It is about imaging my life in a different place.
Anton Gautama – Selections from Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home is a one-year journey into the evolution of the Chinese-Indonesian culture. It is the story of a harmonious marriage of two beautiful cultures, three centuries in-the-making. It was not a journey without obstacles, but it certainly was one with countless rewards.
Judi Iranyi – Mantel
For some time, I have been interested in mantels and fireplaces and the symbolisms they represent. In all my travels, I have photographed fireplaces and mantels throughout the world. Some cultures believe them to be a shrine, idols or images of deities were placed on the mantle, a fire was lit, prayers were offered and, in some cultures, offerings were made by burning possessions or trinkets of a departed person.
Charles Mintz – Lustron Stories
Lustron Stories video explores the course of the Great American Dream since that unique time immediately after the Second World War. At the same time, it looks at the history of prefab and manufactured housing that began with the Bauhaus ideal of using industrial methods and materials to produce affordable housing.
Colleen Mullins – The Bone of Her Nose
The Bone of Her Nose documents a phenomenon, I call, the grayification of San Francisco. The genesis of this work was my volunteer work pruning trees with the Friends of the Urban Forest, starting in 2015. This work brought me to neighborhoods throughout the city, and everywhere I went, massive renovation was happening, or already had happened. The end result was always the same: gray exteriors, punctuated with sans-serif fonts for house numbers, a brightly colored door, and horizontally-slatted redwood garage doors or glass variants.
Roberta Neidigh – Property Line
Where two plots of suburban land meet, a visual dialogue begins. This point of contact, on the property line, reveals communication between neighbors through landscape as an extension of the self. There is no margin here. Are we connected or divided by the place our land touches the land of another? How is this line drawn? In this body of work, I explore the way we protect our boundaries by creating a buffer in a place that has none, and how we cling more strongly to our own identity as our space near its edge.
Jane Szabo – Somewhere Else
The series Somewhere Else maps an emotional route of exploration and escape. When I am here, I want to be there. Yet once I get there, I am left to wonder if this place answers or fulfills my quest. Somewhere Else features simply made homes covered in a wide array of maps, photographed in natural settings and within architectural interiors. The maps that cover these homes do not reflect the location of the image, but rather lead back to places I explored as a child or long to escape to in the future.
Brandy Trigueros – There’s No Other Like Your Mother
Through memory, metaphor, and imagined destinies, “There’s No Other Like Your Mother” seeks to explore the complexities and constructs of female identity and the maternal subject as I reconceive my fertile state of being. The sudden death of my mother prompted the (re)birth of my artistic self at the age of 29 and the emergence of this series which contemplates my own shifting identity, once firmly rooted in the domestic tradition but now seemingly unmoored.
Kathleen Tunnell Handel – Where the Heart Is: Portraits from Vernacular American Trailer and Mobile Home Parks
As the availability of affordable housing continues to erode, and housing and financial instability reach crisis proportions, Where the Heart Is: Portraits from Vernacular American Trailer and Mobile Home Parks investigates this deeply affected, primarily American housing form. This ongoing photographic study challenges the ingrained stereotyping of both the estimated 20 million Americans who live in manufactured housing (as stigmatized trailer and mobile homes are being rebranded) as well as of the rapidly vanishing mobile home parks themselves within which this project is focused.
Ira Wagner – Twinhouses of the Great Northeast
The Twinhouses of The Great Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia reflect how people share a common border. Some families choose to mark their space with a fence or shrubbery. Others differentiate themselves with varying architectural elements and subtle changes to trim, windows and paint colors. One family chooses to hide completely behind a tall hedge; another lives in front of the house with common backyard elements – chairs, grills, patio tables, open for all to see. Common upkeep, such as mowing the lawn, ends at a rough approximation of the property line rather than being shared. One side of a structure shows pride of ownership, the other is missing a shutter on a window. When borders are such an important issue in the world, these images reflect a human inclination to mark and delineate one’s space rather than share it.
Melanie Walker – Wanderlust
Connected by metaphor, place and association, disparate images are woven together as are life experiences in dreams. Wanderings through memory, body, mind and world are synchronized into a rhythm of thought, like a chord...walking and falling...
The word wanderlust designates a strong desire for and an impulse to wander. This body of work is the result of allowing myself to wander through influences, impulses and all of those ideas that I left behind on the cutting room floor, so to speak.
The works are drawn from images that I have taken over the years during my wanderings. This work combines landscape images and glimpses of daily routine in ways that address the layered and fragile nature of time, sense of place and memory. Home is a memory...
For more information about any of the artists of Home Views or The Griffin Museum please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 781.729.1158
Visit the Griffin
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. Masks are required for entry.
General admission is $9 for adults; $5 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 781.729.1158, or visit www.griffinmuseum.org
About the Griffin Museum
The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses four galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: The Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world’s leading photographers, the Atelier Gallery and Griffin Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists. The Griffin is also home to the extensive archives of museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin. The Griffin Museum of Photography also maintains 2 additional satellite galleries: Lafayette City Center Passageway in Boston Downtown Crossing, in Winchester @WinCam at Winchester Community Access and Media. For more on the Griffin Museum of Photography, visit www.griffinmuseum.org