Press Release & a Mini-Preview

NEPR Showcase Press ReleaseNEPR Showcase Press Release - Page 2

PDF Version available here. And, because you’re special, a preview of one of the photos in the installation. One of 29, to be exact:

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Press Release & a Mini-Preview

Progress, Part 2

So you know those gigantic scans from the last post? Yeah, they weren’t big enough. Back to the film!

film scanning

And in case you’re curious, this beast of an installation is entitled “Unrelenting Silence.”

NEPR Showcase – PRC – August 7-25. Opening night August 9th, 6:30p-8p. See you there!

Progress, Part 2

Female x Female Exhibition

unwrapping photos

As I was unwrapping my photos at the Hallway Gallery in Jamaica Plain today, I remembered something; I’m an artist. For all the hours I have spent in galleries and museums in the last three years, it has always been as a volunteer or staff. I forgot what it was like be on the other side, and I am so excited to be the artist again.

Starting this Thursday the 3rd, I will have six photos in the exhibition Female x Female at the Hallway Gallery in Jamaica Plain. The opening is on Thursday from 6-9. Please come by! It will be a great show and a lovely evening. If you can’t make it that night, the exhibition is up until November 27th. Gallery hours are Thursdays 4-8pm, Friday and Saturday 11a-7p, and Sunday 12p-4p.

Exhibition website

“Kate True, Carolyn Johnson, Darien Bird, Dana Cowley, Maria Molteni and others will be exhibiting an array of mediums and styles with the female figure taking center stage.”

The work that I have on view is from my Resonance series, which you can see here.

Hope to see everyone on Thursday night! If you can’t make it Thursday but make it down another time, drop me a line and let me know what you thought of the show.

Female x Female Exhibition

New Work and a Call for Models

A few weeks ago I did my first studio shoot since college, continuing a body of work that enthralls me. My method of shooting and the post-production process are the same, but the resulting images are just so different from model to model. It’s always exciting to look at the negatives from the shoot and see how light interacted with skin, creating unexpected passages of shadow and line.

The following image is the first I’ve finished from the shoot and it has absolutely captured me.

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If you or someone you know would be interested in modeling for me, please contact me at bethany.hankes@gmail.com. The shoot is usually pretty quick and I (try to) pay well, so drop me a line if you’re interested!

New Work and a Call for Models

Lost and Found

It’s interesting how time changes one’s perspective. The following two images were hidden in plain sight among a more complete series of work (will be posted sooner or later). I remember not thinking much of these photos when I took them. But now, four or five years later, I find myself taken with them. Texture, color, a sense of the surface of the film. Simple pleasures, simple photos.

leaves

leaves

Lost and Found

Inspired by Art History

Even before I started college I was fascinated by religious iconography: tragic, torturous stories illustrated with some of the most beautiful figures in the history of art. The sensual nature of the works creates a strange but enthralling dichotomy. They are spiritual, devotional . . . yet carnal. I developed a deep love of the sculptor Bernini (Baroque period) as well as etchings and prints from the Medieval period. These works ended up informing most of the artwork I created while in college.

The following photos are two of my all-time favorites, featuring my two favorite models. They are from a 12-image series, entitled “Mastering Translation,” originally presented in the same diptych format in a single line on a wall.

diptych of two nudesMore images from this project and similar series will be featured in the future.

Inspired by Art History

(Old) Favorites

My second to last semester of college was one of my least creative while at school. I was taking a high-level photography class, but produced little work. The lull may have been due to my focus on my sculpture class, which was enjoyable, but also yielded little in the way of satisfying artwork.

So I began to play. One of my classmates at Hampshire was great to brainstorm with, and by January 2008 I was in the studio experimenting. Everything about the shoot was simple: one model, one or two lights, and a black backdrop. The first set I took was . . . ok. I still hadn’t figured out exactly what I was doing or why, and it was obvious when looking at the negatives. But the second set, ohh the second set. The model was one of my close friends, a fantastically creative individual who provided continual inspiration. She had never modeled before but I convinced her that the setup was simple enough that she just needed to be comfortable unclothed. So she braved a cool studio and my camera, and helped me create stunningly beautiful negatives. The two following images are from that shoot:

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Each image is not a single photograph, but instead a cropped section of a long negative. I only partially advanced the film after each shot which resulted in extra long negatives and unexpected successes. These two images have been long-time favorites of mine (can three years be classified as “long”?) and began my favorite series of work that I’ve created so far.

(Old) Favorites