October 2013

MIND Magazine in China covers Exhibit No.9, Richard Tuschman

The Hopper Meditation

N.E.W. - New Experimental Works
Period: 2013.08.17—2013.10.19
U.S.A., New Jersey, Asbury Park, Exhibit No. 9

Did Edward Hopper see such a day coming?

Had he known that his iconic sceneries - the New York apartment, silent light casting into a window, portrait in still motion… - which were created in paint and colors, would be re-created via miniature sets, models and photoshop? With unique techniques and imagination, Richard Tuschman an American photographic visual artist has created a series of poetic images The Hopper Meditation Series.

From August 17th 2013, Exhibit 9 Gallery is introducing a series of conceptual photographic visual works. The exhibition is called “n.e.w.” - new experimental works. Exhibit 9 Gallery sets its artistic style on non-traditional experimental photography. This current exhibition is contributed by Richard Tuschman, Rune Egenes and Tolo.

Diversity exists among the artists. Tuschman's work combines the elements of realistic-style painting with the photographic quality of delicateness, which is perhaps the reason for him to attract international attention. Egenes was born in Norway and practiced art in Prague, Czech. His work reflects modern concerns. Tolo is the name of a group. One of its members is the owner of the gallery, Tom White. White has years of experience in commercial design and art photography. He is thoughtful and reflective on non-traditional photography.

White says, photography, due to its technical and realistic qualities, has been a controversial medium for art since 19th century. Photographer is often seen as some sort of a technician. If a camera could produce artistic work, that seems to be an effort made by the machine. Do photographers express their personal thoughts and sensations through camera? For such a question, art historians and philosophers have a lot to debate. People seem to have opinions, but no answers.

How we see photoshop nowadays seem to fall into the same current of thinking. Photoshop is often regarded as 'a tool to correct mistakes'. And it is a complicated tool that requires study before using. The artists today, nonetheless, are creating digital images to express their artistic ideas.

By the end of the day, it is the final results of the creative ideas that get displayed in front of the audience - be them produced by whichever medium, paint, canvas, camera, or photoshop. If medium is the instrument and new techniques get invented all the time, why not sail along the emerging current?

White says, the relationship between photography and people seems to become a choice of consumption. When it comes to photography, people tend to focus their ideas on investing for a better camera, plus, maybe, reading '10 tips for taking better photos'. Is this all that photography could enlighten and inspire us?

This 'experimental' exhibition hope to remind people that photos are not mere products of camera. Photography is foremost an action initiated human. The relationship between human and photography could be more creative, subjective, personalized, and artistic. Human can invent various new techniques. Human manipulates, designs, plays with photos.

For example, Tuschman has used doll house materials to recreate miniature sets for the room scenarios from last century's New York. By this means, he could control the contrast of lights and design the relationship between the models and the space. In his images, we seem to see a subtle sense of quietness. Maybe we have noticed one thing: apartments with old-fashioned interiors may not be easy to find in the new age; yet the human loneliness imbedded in the metropolitan life seems to have transcended beyond the passage of time. Characters co-exist in a space yet without communication. Tuschman's images attract the audience by this intriguing sense of familiarity. What is his message in the images? Every person look at these images with their own life stories, Tuschman says, the audience could decide for what they see.

In front of these experimental visual works, we the audience could use our own imaginations by looking.

(by Y.U.)


Mind Magazine cover, China, October 2013

Mind Magazine cover, China, October 2013


October 25, 2013

How a Chelsea-style photo gallery changed the game at the Shore

Photographers Tom and Lois White have been in the Manhattan commercial art scene for decades, so they know what it’s like to get hit with the business end of a camera - like having your work damaged or held up in customs, losing time and money for both the artist and venue. Art and commerce don’t always mix, but here’s how they took what they learned and flipped the traditional gallery business on its head.

Exhibit No.9 is a conceptual and experimental photography gallery that opened a couple months ago on Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. A break from the traditional documentary-style (think places and things) galleries that dominate the scene, it’s a fresh take on photography, and the artwork that lines the walls is truly breathtaking.

But Exhibit No.9 are also innovators in the logistics and day-to-day operations of an art gallery. As you walk toward the back of the space, it opens up into a full-fledged production studio. It’s a strategy that saves time and money, increases productivity, improves relationships and reduces stress for both the artist and venue.

According to gallery Director Tom White and photographer Rune Egenes, it’s not uncommon for art shows to be delayed, or cancelled altogether, due to logistical problems as a result of the gallery and studio being separate entities. Their business model is the solution to a host of snags that can occur at any given time or place.

Exhibit No.9 is truly firing on all cylinders. Born and raised in Norway, Rune Egenes holds a Master’s degree in Photography from the Film and TV Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague. His work has made its way throughout Europe, to South Korea and now to Asbury Park.

It’s almost as if their in-gallery studio is a piece of art itself - an expression of the owners’ unyielding desire to frame the ideas and experiences that move them, and address them head on, which some may say photography is all about.