Issue #155  1/2/2009
Latest News On Contemporary Works' Artists: Tress, Holden, Birgus, Dobrowner And Abadzic

Several of Contemporary Works' artists are again in the news. Just remember that you can order their work right on I Photo Central or through http://www.contemporaryworks.net . You can also see examples of their work in our booth (B-4) at Photo LA, January 8-11, 2009, at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA.

ARTHUR TRESS had a large group of his photographs recently featured in the important exhibition "70's La Photographie Americain" at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris in October and November. Contemporary Works will also show his work at Photo LA and the artist will be present at the booth during parts of the exhibition.

LISA HOLDEN has just finished a one-woman show, "I'm Dancing Now", at Metis_NL in Amsterdam and will be included in a group show called "Opposites Attract: On Dialectics" at De Veemvloer, Van Diemenstraat 410, Amsterdam, January 8-25, 2009. She will also have a solo show entitled "The Bronze Room" at Gallery New Untitled, Bolwaterstraat 30, Venlo, Netherlands beginning in February. Contemporary Works will also show two of her large pieces at Photo LA which are part of her new series on Lilith. Taking myths surrounding feminine icons like Lilith, Lamia and Danae as her inspiration, Holden's latest body of work explores aspects of duality: beauty and destruction, the flesh and the spirit, order and chaos. This juxtaposition of opposites is echoed in her multi-layered compositions, which sample imagery from early studio photography, classical painting and consumer culture. The final pieces are a blend of analog and digital imaging, photography and painting. HOLDEN also has had one of her pieces, The Poets (Lilith Series), accepted at the Peabody Essex Museum, which has the oldest collection of photography in America (first acquisition in 1839).

The Leica Gallery in New York City will be exhibiting the work of photographer, VLADIMÍR BIRGUS, in the show: "Czech Photography VIII, Europeans: Photographs by VLADIMÍR BIRGUS, Jindrich Marco and Jindrich Streit". The exhibit will run from January 16-February 28 at the Leica Gallery New York, 670 Broadway, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12-6 pm. There will be a reception on Thursday, January 15th from 6-8 pm. There will also be a discussion relating to the exhibit, "David Hrbek: Cross Talks with Photographers VLADIMÍR BIRGUS, Antonin Kratochvil and Jindrich Streit", which will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 7 pm at the Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St., New York City.

Works from photographer MITCH DOBROWNER are showcased in the current edition of LensWork magazine (No. 79 Nov. - Dec. 2008). The 21-page portfolio plus the back cover landscape photo from DOBROWNER's "Unworldly Landscapes" comprise the collection of stunning black and white photos, all photographed in the beautiful American Southwest. This is the second time in 18 months that LensWork has selected DOBROWNER's work for a feature story.

DOBROWNER was also recently selected for the "Best in Show 2008" by the International Photography Awards (IPA). The photography competition and exhibition honored 39 top photographers and their works at the debut on October 18, 2008 in NYC. The prestigious "Best in Show 2008" exhibit will travel to eight cities internationally, presenting work from the selected fine art photographers, culled from over 350 IPA/Lucie Award-winning works. MITCH DOBROWNER also earned third place in the Professional-Landscape category for his black and white photo, "The Still Earth". The London Sunday Times' November 16th edition featured DOBROWNER's landscape photo, "Shiprock Storm", in a two-page spread highlighting the Lucie/IPA Awards "Best of Show 2008" exhibit.

Photolucida also named DOBROWNER as one of its Top 50 photographers honored in its "Critical Mass" awards program. The annual juried competition is sponsored by Photolucida, a non-profit organization that promotes in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners and publishers.

Contemporary Works will show DOBOWNER's triptych of Shiprock Storm and have other examples of his work at the booth during Photo LA. The artist will be present at the booth during parts of the exhibition.

The German photo magazine Schwarzweiss published a ten-page portfolio of STANKO ABADZIC's work from his "Light and Shadows" series in its latest edition (No. 67). ABADZIC will also open a new one-man exhibition of his nude photography on January 25th in Samobor, Croatia, at the Galleri Lang.

CHARLIE SCHREINER has had his contemporary daguerreotype, "Olivia Waiting" included in the Alt Processes traveling exhibit with the Texas Photo Society for the next year.