Gina Randazzo. Shopping. The titles on the images may read, “Shopping”, but in this portfolio we do not see the brilliant reds, greens, and blues of the mall and of the magazine ad. Instead we see black and we see white, but with almost no grays to moderate the contrast between these extremes. Dr. Bannon told us that, “This is about the organization of space. I selected this in honor of Black Friday.” After the predicable chuckles from those gathered, he went on to state that the portfolio, “Is an interesting and unique take on the shop and the shopping experience and how it reveals itself.” It is almost as if the artist were asking us to consider what the adventure to the mall is all about. Where the magazines preach light, Ms. Randazzo goes dark on us. The question is whether this visage is a matter of artistic style, or rather is a sermon of the seeming nihilism of the shopping rampage we are all guilty of this time of year.
Jill Ediger. Pondering Paths. Dr. Bannon, rather than first reviewing this portfolio’s physical perceptions, looked more closely at its emotional impact. He stated, “You might say reflective, meditative, but I think better of the word contemplation to this work. By that I mean …being intently and intensely present in the moment. That is…what the practice of photography offers to us anyway: the intense awareness of that fraction of time in focused space and through that intensity...an intense living in the moment.” Referencing the portfolio content, he went on, “In every incidence here there is…some barrier, some discrepancy, between our practiced ways of looking at things and what is the unique experience this time out. And isn’t that after all what we look for in art?” As with many of the portfolios selected by Dr. Bannon, this one offers a subtle change in point of view that takes us away from what we are usually prepared to see.
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