David Pace: Karaba Brick Quarry



David Pace’s photo essay, “Karaba Brick Quarry, Burkina Faso” is featured in Life Force Magazine’s November issue.  From this cavernous  pit, men carve bricks from solid stone that will be used to build homes and walls in the surrounding communities. Pace has been documenting the ever-widening quarry since 2008, on his annual visits to Burkina Faso.

Click HERE to view Pace’s photo-essay, “Karaba Brick Quarry, Burkina Faso”.




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Doug Rickard at Foto Colectania, Barcelona


Work from Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture series is included in the exhibition I Wanted to Be a Photographer at Foto Colectania Foundation, in Barcelona, from October 10 – December 10, 2016. Co-Curated by Fannie Escoulen and Anna Planas, the show gathers diverse work by thirteen international artists that engage contemporary questions of authorship, image reproducibility and susceptibility, and photographic process.

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Peter Mitchell returns to Impressions Gallery for first retrospective


Mitchell’s Second Impression

After garnering much attention at the French Photography festival, Les Recontres d’Arles, Peter Mitchell returns to Impressions Gallery, the host of the first Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission exhibition in 1979. The first exhibition of color photographs by a British photographer, the 1979 exhibition considered what Leeds would look like to aliens from Mars.  This year, curators Kerry Harker and Anne McNeill have staged Planet Yorkshire, a survey of the past forty years of Mitchell’s work. Grouping Mitchell’s photographs by theme, dilapidation, destruction, and decay run through most of the work.

Photographer Peter Mitchell with one of his images

Photographer Peter Mitchell with one of his images

To read more Planet Yorkshire, and the groupings of Mitchell’s works in the exhibition, visit Impressions Gallery’s site.

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Marc Katano's New Work at Stremmel Gallery


Marc Katano: New Work

The Stremmel Gallery in Reno hosted an exhibition of Marc Katano’s new work in September. Recently working on highly absorbent drop cloth, Katano continues to use the acrylic and ink. The larger scale reveals an untethered, robust, and physical expression that requires the use of the whole body, not only the hand and arm. (September 8 – October 1, 2016)

For more, visit Stremmel’s website.

Nicole and Marc Katano at Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada.

Nicole and Marc Katano at Stremmel Gallery.

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Peter Mitchell at Les Recontres d'Arles Photo Festival


Peter Mitchell’s ‘A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission’ mixes a few images of Mars (by NASA) with many images of 1970’s urban Yorkshire by Mitchell, but presented as if taken on an alien reconnaissance mission. Mitchell’s work is presented in the Grande Halle, and runs from July 4 – September 25, 2016.

Click HERE to read Le Monde’s review, “Peter Mitchell, un extraterrestre à Arles”  (Peter Mitchell, an alien in Arles).
For the Guardian’s review, “From Leeds to London: portraits of English cities in the 1970s – in pictures,” click HERE .


For more of Peter Mitchell’s work, visit his page on Artsy.

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David Pace at Rayko Photo Center




David Pace will be included in With Our Own Eyes, a juried exhibition of documentary photography at Rayko Photo Center. The exhibition opens August 3rd (reception 6-8 PM), and runs through September 6th. Pace will be exhibiting with over thirty photographers, including Melanie Metz, Mark Bennington, Elizabeth Fladung, and Tracy Fish.












For more of Pace’s work, please view our current exhibition, David Pace: Burkina Faso in Three Parts on Artsy.

RayKo’s galleries are dedicated to advancing the appreciation of photography and creating opportunities for artists to display and sell their work. The main gallery presents 8-10 exhibitions each year, from solo shows to thematic group exhibits, from local to international artists.


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Doug Rickard Review in The New York Times



Doug Rickard, whose work is part of the inaugural show, “Public, Private, Secret”, at the International Center of Photography’s new location in the Bowery since losing their location in Midtown Manhattan, was recently reviewed by art critic Holland Cotter for the New York Times.

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In his review, Cotter states,

The raw material for a 2012 video by Doug Rickard is also digital, but of a different kind: found images of American crime scenes and police actions uploaded from cellphones and posted on YouTube. Mr. Rickard collages excerpts from various postings into fictional narratives, notable less for their plotlines than for the atmosphere of danger they project. That atmosphere is similar to one generated by news media and the film industry, an adrenalin-fueled mood of fear, suspicion and emergency, encouraging violence.

You can read the full article on The New York Times HERE.

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NY Times: The Startling Beautify of Scarecrows by Geoff Dyer


We’re so pleased for photographer Peter Mitchell whose photographs of scarecrows are called, “signposts from the past,” in Geoff Dyer’s thoughtful essay in the New York Times.


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Dyer begins, “A photograph is not the same as the thing photographed. But sometimes photographs make you conscious of that thing in a way the thing itself never quite did. More precisely, they make you aware of things — stuff — about that thing of which you were barely conscious or entirely oblivious. Whether photographing a pepper or a toilet bowl, the great early-20th-century photographer Edward Weston repeated insistently that the camera was uniquely equipped “for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself.” Back then the potential of the camera was still being established, was inevitably drawing attention to itself. In the case of Peter Mitchell’s pictures of scarecrows, it is as if the photographs do not exist, as if we just chanced upon these creatures in the course of walks we’ve taken hundreds of times before. So how did we miss them?”

You can read the full article on the NY Times Here: The Startling Beauty of Scarecrows.

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May 11 – June 25, 2016

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Wirtz Art is pleased to announce, David Pace: Burkina Faso in Three Parts, from May 3 – June 25, 2016. The exhibition, which will unfold as a three-part series, will trace David Pace’s annual trips to Burkina Faso, each part considering what it means to understand and photograph a culture that is immensely different from one’s own.

For nearly a decade David Pace has traveled each fall to Burkina Faso, a small land-locked country in Western Africa. During his initial trips, Pace was confronted by the jarringly different landscape and culture of the country, however, since those first visits, he has come to know the people of the small town of Bereba as friends, and the landscape as a familiar second-home.

Pace’s photographs reflect this slow transition from alien outsider, to being part of the community. Part 1 of the series, “First Impressions,” considers what one sees and is able to absorb when confronted with a new place. Part 2, “Returning,” will feature Pace’s series, Sur La Route, which documents the coming and goings of Pace’s own neighbors on their way to and from work—a reflection of Pace’s own comings and goings to Burkina Faso. The series will conclude with, “The Dance,” a series of images of the weekly Friday night dances which Pace not only attends, but is an active participant, dancing among the crowd while candidly photographing his fellow dancers.

Born in California in 1951, David Pace has become known for his photographs of Burkina Faso. Since 2007, he has made annual trips to Bereba, a rural village in the country, where he photographs the daily life of its residents. His work has received numerous accolades and appeared in The New Yorker, The London Financial Times, and NPR’S photo blog.

Click to View Part 1 of the Exhibition on Artsy

Click to Read Part 1: First Impressions

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"Entanglements" Reviewed in SF Chronicle


SF Chronicle Review

Online art exhibit explores, ‘Entanglements’ of tech, real world

Kimberly Chun, April 13, 2016

Big thanks to Kimberly Chun for having the courage to review an online exhibition—maybe the first time the SF Chronicle has ever reviewed an online exhibition! When we began this project we had no idea what we were getting into as we had to reimagine what it meant to be a “space.” We’re still figuring out what the potentiality is of online exhibitions and how to negotiate the space between the digital and the physical,  but we’re on the right path!


From the Chronicle:

San Francisco artist Ulrike Palmbach likes to go off the map. That’s the case whether she’s backpacking in the Sierra or drawing at her longtime Mission District studio.

“I pick a mountain and just go up there,” she says. “Sometimes it’s a little scary, like, ‘Whoops, you can’t go any further. There’s a cliff.’”

Little wonder, then, that the 53-year-old artist sees corollaries between her adventurous forays into the wild and her exploratory drawings venturing into the unplanned and unknown. The latter, she says, “is like a fictional mental space, but it’s inspired by my wanderings outdoors. I go off the path and through the underbrush and whatnot. They are kind of tangled spaces that you have to find your way through.”

Click here for the full article


View the exhibition on Artsy
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