Saturday, September 28, 2013

And now for something completely different


BARBIE BEACH & BEYOND

When I was in Georgia I went out to LaGrange Georgia to view an exhibition call  Barbie Beach & Beyond, shown at the Cochran Gallery. A two person show that will.run until October 3.
Donna Rosser and Anne Jarrell Berry who are showing a different type of work in the SlowExposures  exhibit a looser  free and fun series here.          

The Walking Dead cast who film in the area have taken to dropping off zombie Barbies.     
Barbie Beach is a civic blast so if you  driving on highway and 154 and 16 stop, take a look
I did and I laugh and laugh and I cried  John

DONNA ROSSER - All Summer Long
Barbie Beach and Beyond
Donna Rosser

Just east of the intersection of Georgia Highways 154 and 16, on the south side of 16, lies Barbie Beach of Turin.  This small landmark has made a big splash in the community. Home/property owners constructed the patch of sand as a protest to the power company digging up part of their yard. The scenes change with the season or current event. As a child I spent many hours playing with Barbie. My collection included a convertible, airplane, camper, horses, beach house and much more. Photographing Barbie Beach brought back many fond memories of those times I spent playing with my Barbies alone and with friends. Barbie is always fun and frivolous. Barbie Beach reminds each passing motorist that life is short, let's have some fun. What is not to like about the beach and of course Barbie fits in with the beach scene quite easily. Remember, once you get the sand from Barbie Beach in your shoes, you will have to come back. The beach is the beacon to us to slow down, relax, and to recharge our batteries. The sounds of the waves lull us into a sense of pure relaxation. At the beach we forget our day-to-day cares. Both the real beach and the created Barbie Beach help us smile and see that life does not need to be so serious all of the time. A little fun, humor, and perhaps something a bit risquĂ© is  a nice way to take a break from our daily life whether it be the real beach of by the chance of a Barbie Beach driveby.

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
e. e. cummings
Barbie Beach of Turin, GA - Fan Club  on Facebook

ANNE JARRELL BERRY - Siren
DONNA ROSSER -California Girls

DONNA ROSSER - Things We Did Last Summer

ANNE JARRELL BERRY - Frankenstein
ANNE JARELL BERRY - Zombie Queen

D ROSSER - Roadside


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

STRANGE FRUIT

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA


ELIOT DUDIK  -  CAN WE SPEAK
DONNA ROSSER - WOLFIE
MARILYN ROGERS - TRINITY
JACK SPENCER - MAGNOLIA 12 ,1999
LARRY JEROME - MAGNOL1A  1
VICKI HUNT - ALABAMA COTTON
SCOTT ALLEN - FRASER MAGNOLIA
SOUTHERN TREES

" Southern trees bear a strange fruit", a line from a song by Billie Holiday for most of the time while choosing images of the south these words echoed in my mind. How could something so wonderful the (south) be a marker for pain and human evil.I love the south and I would not have left if love hadn't given me a reason and wings to  soar above it and fly away. Like most people born in the south I still get misty eyes when I think of home, yet I still see it for what it is which always makes me feel a little uneasy.

 I would like to thank all the artists who made this exhibition possible and mrbennette's on ground crew Donna Rosser,Dale Niles, Anne Jarell Berry,  Marilyn Rogers and Don Miller.  This exhibition which is part of SlowExposures
will close on this Sunday evening  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

THE INSPIRATION

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA
SUSAN WORSHAM - MARGARET WITH HUMMING BIRD VINE


This image by Susan Worsham is the one that inspired this exhibition.I saw it last fall ,I knew the flower and had seen hummingbirds sipping their nectar,All of sudden it took me back to a day when I was looking out my window thinking only of that moment (in the moment you are not thinking about it you are living) and the little faire birds flitting about.

They were the first hummingbirds I ever saw up really close and of course they were magical and the silence and green held me captive one late summer afternoon.                      

This spring I was asked recommend photographer for a new book about the South and this was one of the images that came immediately to mind. The simplicity of this photograph is part of its' power.It allows you to fill in the details.Susan and I met this summer and I was able to tell her about my reactions to her wedsite.She was a pleasure to be with as many of the photographs on her
site are.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BIRDS OF THE AIR

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA
ANNE JARELL BERRY - DUCK AND PEACOCK
MATT BROWN - BARNARDSVILLE NC
JERRY SIEGEL - BIRDS PERRY COUNTY ALABAMA
KEITH CARTER - RAVEN

Dogs were never a satisfying pet for me ,cats are good,I have had snakes and lizards which I like.but what fascinate me are birds the idea of flight " I 'll flight away ",so if I want to soar I could never have a bird as a pet.The reality destroys the idea of freedom of being able to float above the world like no other animal.The reason the caged bird sings is because he is sad. 





ANOTHER GREEN WORLD


Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA



BEN  HILLYER  -  CHRISTENBERRY
CYNTHIA MATTHEWS - BIRD DOG RUNNING ACROSS FIELD
BEN  HILLYER - PAINTED LADIES

JERRY ATNIP - No.198 ODESSA

In 1975 Brian Eno released an album entitled Another Green World, even thought there are many types of enviroments in the South, from dry to wet, It always seem so lush and green to me.

When I listen to Another Green World the sound is layered, deep , lush with texture of velvet and yet sparkling in parts you want to nap in the green

Sunday, September 15, 2013

AND THE FISHING IS EASY

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA
JO LYNN STILL - CATCH OF THE DAY

RICK SMITH - MAX WITH TOAD IN MOUTH
JACK SPENCER - BIRDLAND

LAURA NOEL - SUMMER from the series Withdrawn
LORI VRBA - CATCH 22
TERRI GARLAND - JADE AND GATORS



" Summer time and the living is easy fish are jumping and the cotton is his high " summer funning a boys'  thing

Friday, September 13, 2013

4 KOOL DOGS AND ONE KRAZY CAT

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA


CYNTHIA MATTHEWS - BIRD DOG AND HUBCAPS
KEITH CARTER - BLACK AND WHITE
MATT BROWN -  From DOG WATER BLUES
MCNAIR EVANS - ENGLISH POINTER          
 
JESSICA HINES - ODD STORIES  #49
We obsess over our dogs and fear our cats , why         XX//

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SIMPLE and FANCIFUL

Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA


SCOTT ALLEN - FRESH FISH
LAURA NOEL - PATCHES THE ENGLISH SETTER,,from the series DISCARDED 

JANE ROBBINS KERR - THE ALLIGATOR OF MISSISSIPPI

DONNA ROSSER - SCHOOL ROOM BAMBI

BRYCE LANKARD - FIREWORKS STAND I-95, GA
 When I was a kid, loved visiting supermarkets because they had these weird little rides for a nickel you could ride up and down on Dumbo a tiger a pig or a horse, something that had a rhythm to sooth a child. I do not think these rides exist anymore. I can picture a mother looking for wet ones today before they would let there child touch one. I can not remember if they had for colored only signs,I guess they did.

What better way to see the wild and wonderful then than in books,magazines,toys the new tv Animal Kingdom  and maybe the occasional surprise of a smiling alligator."Where you least expect it "

DISCOVERIES


Come + See
SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn
Molena GA



ANNE FIELDS - LUNA MOTH RESTING
JESSICA HINES - SOUTHERN STORIES # 24
DONNA ROSSER - SERENDIPTY
S. GAYLE  STEVENS Taraxacum Officinale Blow Balls #1
S GAYLE STEVENS -  SPRING

Remember when we could see the natural as magical and every bit of stone pod, seed, twig, feather, leaf and curiosity found its' way into our pocket and from there into jars and scrapbooks



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WE CALL YOU FRIEND

Come + See

SlowExposures
September 20 - 29  2013
FIN FUR FEATHER FOLIAGE
Whiskey Bonding Barn

Molena GA




COLTON VINCENT - THE SALE

MALGORZATA  FLORKOWSKA - EYE

MARILYN ROGERS - UNTITLED

MATT BROWN - UNTITLED from  THE DOG WATER BLUES SERIES

TERRI GARLAND _ GIRL AND SQUIRREL

COLTON VINCENT  - BUNNY

As a child of the late forties  growing up I had little to say "there is that expression children are meant to be seen not heard "I guess the best children were those that were never heard or seen.This virtue gave certain children a special power, a knowing empathy with their world


I stayed on a small farm my grandmother had which was in the suburbs. Not really a farm but a bit of land with goats a couple turkeys a pig or two some laying hens and a rooster a garden and many fruit trees. In the city the house we lived in had pear peach and pecan trees in the backyard there was always harvesting going on.



What surprised me the most was animal husbandry and the idea of pets how can anything cage, chain, beaten,sold or be dependent be considered a friend.What kind of friendship is that? After seeing chickens killed the old fashion way I gave up eating chicken for 20 years . As I start putting this show together it became darker and darker, I dug deeper into my memories .