Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Never Ending Summer
Opening Reception Saturday August 14th 7-9 pm.
5208 Ballard Ave. NW
As the end of the season draws near, help us celebrate over at 20twenty with a brand new series of photographs honoring the best moments of summer. These beauties capture the adventures had at home and abroad with the friends and family closest to us. This collaborative show joins two incredibly talented photographers who are both able to capture light and people in interesting and strange ways.
John Barker is from Seattle, WA. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.
His photographs capture scenes in which something just happened or is
about to happen. He uses a Nikon D70.
Virginia Wilcox lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA in Photography from Bard College in 2008, and studied abroad at Parsons Paris in the Spring of 2007. Virginia takes photographs throughout rural America, intrigued by Americana kitsch and vacant roadside lots.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Joel Leshefka spends his Seattle days running two retail/art spaces, completing absolutely mundane tasks such as: filing taxes, organizing employee schedules, purchasing toilet paper and plastic cups for art openings, paying license, insurance, and city fees, doing more taxes, sweeping cigarette butts off of the sidewalk, sending out press releases, battling with storage of off-season clothing, telling bands how to arrive via I-5, managing email lists & and going to the bank to get change.
What he really loves...is to get in his car and spend weeks in every corner of the Western United States. Where space is unlimited and buildings aren't torn down, they're just abandoned...
The early advocates of Manifest Destiny probably figured this out somewhere in South Dakota, then continued to have their minds blown through Wyoming, Utah, and all the way to the Oregon Coast. The few that headed south to New Mexico and Arizona, must have felt like they were on another planet. For a kid that grew up in the Northwest, surrounded by lush mountains and trees that always seem to be in the way, Joel Leshefka is consistently reinvigorated to find that the West is mostly still the same as those first explorers found it...
It's unruly, it's isolating and off-putting, inconvenient, and utterly cinematic in it's beauty...any human on this earth can still get lost in the West. This series of photographs document some of his travels.