Friday, October 9, 2009

Flash Flood !

FLASH FLOOD
www.flash-flood.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5 OCTOBER 2009

Flash Flood is pleased to announce the launch of Issue One at www.flash-flood.org on October 8, 2009.

MISSION:
Flash Flood is a new media collective that investigates and promotes the intersection of photography and culture in the state of New Mexico. We are dedicated to bringing awareness to the global art community about both historical and contemporary photography from all regions of the state.

Flash Flood was founded by New Mexico photographers and colleagues Jesse Chehak (Santa Fe); Jonathan Blaustein (Taos); Melanie McWhorter (Santa Fe); David Ondrik (Albuquerque); and Jennifer Schlesinger (Santa Fe). The online magazine will also host guest contributors in the future.

ISSUE ONE CONTENTS:

• The Clock Didn't Really Stop Long Ago by David Ondrik. A review of Craig Varjabedian’s photography exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, on view through October 11, 2009.

• Scott B. Davis- New Mexico Influences by Jonathan Blaustein. An interview with Scott B. Davis, Artist and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, who received his BFA from University of New Mexico in 2000.

• An Interview with the New Director of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd, Andra Russek, by Jennifer Schlesinger. Russek recently migrated back to her hometown from New York where she worked at Swann and Sotheby’s Photography Departments.

• Flash Flood’s New Mexico, curated by Jesse Chehak. A call for images for Flash Flood-curated essays and portfolios from readers contributions.

• Coming Soon:
A Brief History of the Photobook in New Mexico, by Melanie McWhorter

Photography's purpose in New Mexico has historically been the documentation of place prompted by the demand for tourist photographs of our exotic landscape, architecture and native population. Numerous photographers working today continue to perpetuate this aesthetic. The members of Flash Flood, as evident in our mission, believe that the contemporary photographers featured here are moving this legacy in a different direction. Flash Flood will discover and promote photographers from many backgrounds who are generating a new and fresh approach to New Mexico photography. We will also showcase previous generations of artists, and place much of the historical work in its rightful place of reverence.

Flash Flood will examine the wealth of artistic and photographic institutions in our state. We will explore the relationship between photography and the state of New Mexico, directly and indirectly, and its influence on interdisciplinary fields of study including anthropology, history and economics. Welcome to Flash Flood.

FOUNDERS / CONTRIBUTORS:

Jonathan Blaustein
Jonathan Blaustein received a BA from Duke University in 1996, and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York in 2004. While in Brooklyn, he ran the underground gallery BQE33 in Greenpoint from 2003-4. His photographs are in several permanent collections, including the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. Jonathan’s work has been exhibited extensively in the United States over the last decade, most recently at the Albuquerque Museum and Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe where he is represented. In 2009, Jonathan was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and became a finalist for Critical Mass. Blaustein resides just North of Taos where he runs the studio and gallery, photographic, and teaches photography to at-risk youth through the University of New Mexico - Taos.

Jesse Chehak
Jesse Chehak (b. 1979, Tarzana, California) is an artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Best known for his large format photography, Chehak's wanderlust spirit and thirst for adventure propel him to spend most of his time on the road with his cameras. Born and raised in Hollywood, CA, his work continuously addresses themes related to the mythic iconography contained within the American West. He has exhibited his fine-art work in New York and Los Angeles and is currently represented by Bruce Silverstein in New York, NY. He regularly contributes photographs to numerous international publications and is represented in New York, London, and Sydney by M.A.P.

Melanie McWhorter
Melanie McWhorter was born and raised in a small mill town in upstate South Carolina. In 1991, she received her BA in History from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Soon after graduation, she found a job as a school photographer and later had a brief stint as a dude ranch photographer in Jackson, WY. She is a regular contributor to the online magazines—Fraction and photo-eye—and maintains her own photo-related blog, melaniephotoblog.com. Melanie has been with photo-eye Bookstore and Gallery since 1997 working in several capacities. Most recently, she is the Book Division Manager, bookstore Curator of local photographer’s exhibitions, and organizer of the “First Wednesday Salon,” where local photographers showcase their work. Recently her photography was included in the exhibition, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe. She resides with her family in Santa Fe, NM.

David Ondrik
David Ondrik received his BFA In 1998 with an emphasis in photography, from the University of New Mexico. Ondrik’s photography is part of the permanent collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and the city of Albuquerque’s Public Art Program. He is the youngest of twenty-five photographers included in “Photography: New Mexico,” published in 2008 by Fresco Fine Art Publications. In 2009 he was nominated for Center’s Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Ondrik resides in Albuquerque where he is also a high school art teacher.

Jennifer Schlesinger
Jennifer Schlesinger graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism. She has exhibited widely at regional as well as national venues including the Santa Fe Art Institute, Portland Northwest College of Art, Chelsea Art Museum and the Bridge Art Fair in Chicago. Her work has been published online and in print and is represented in public collections including the Huntington Botanical Art Collections (CA) and The New Mexico Museum of Art. She has received several honors in recognition of her work including a Golden Light Award in Landscape Photography (Maine Photographic Workshop 2005); a nominated finalist for the Willard Van Dyke Grant (NMCP 2005) and the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (Center 2007); and the Eliot Porter Fellowship (NMCP 2007). In 2007 she was awarded the CCA Photography Auction Award (Santa Fe 2007). Schlesinger has also held positions in various non-profit arts organizations such as being the Assistant Director of Santa Fe Art Institute (2002-2005). Her work is represented by Wallspace Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Verve Gallery of Photography (Santa Fe) where she is also the Gallery Director.

For more information, please contact :
Jennifer Schlesinger, jennifer@flash-flood.org or 505-577-6708.

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