Call and Response; an exploration in photography and writing

Sol Mednick Gallery

June Yong Lee, Digital Inkjet Print with Pigmented Inks

There will be a reception for, and a gallery talk by, Julianna Foster and the project contributors on Thursday, September 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery Talk at 5 p.m.

The impetus for University of the Arts photography faculty member Julianna Foster's project "Call and Response; an exploration in photography and writing" is to explore connections between the language of photography and writing, which has been an enduring interest and subject of Foster's work. In such an abundantly creative and active artist community as Philadelphia, she saw an opportunity to expand her exploration of the subject and participation within the community by inviting other artists—visual artists and writers—to participate in a dialogue with one another's work. Foster writes

Beginning in April 2015, I shared one of my photographs with a writer and asked them to create a text that in some way responded to that image. That text was then passed on to another visual artist (particularly artists that use photography in their work), who responded, in turn, with an image, and so on. As described by a fellow artist, it was like an anonymous game of 'telephone.' The only instructions: the identity of participating artists would not be shared with their fellow contributors during the process, and participants must respond within a timely four to six weeks. There were no other parameters or restrictions. Participating artists were aware that their contributions would ultimately be presented in a book and/or an exhibition. Two years later, the project has amassed contributions from 30 artists, all chosen by me, and resulted in a rich dialogue between artists, images and text.

The exhibition will consist of selected framed photographic prints and text from the project along with a book on display that encompasses all of the images and text in the order in which it was created.

Contributors to the project include: Jaime Alvarez, Jordan Baumgarten, Andre Bradley, Nancy Brokaw, Doug Bohr, Stephanie Bursese, John Carlano, Christina Day, Becky Huff Hunter, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Matt Kalasky, Homay King, Isabel Lederman, June Yong Lee, JenMarie Macdonald, Anne Massoni, Samantha Mitchell, Jena Osman, Catherine Pancake, Jordan Rockford, Ron Tarver, Nato Thompson, Jennah White, Yolanda Wisher, Tamsen Wojtanowski, & Linda Yun.

Julianna Foster received a B.F.A. in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2001) and an M.F.A. in Book Arts + Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2006). From 2006 to 2013, Foster was an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, where she has had four solo exhibitions, and with whom she participated in group exhibitions in New Orleans, London and New York City. She has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books and series of photographs and videos. Solo exhibitions in Philadelphia include Philadelphia Art Alliance, Painted Bride Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial (2013 Wind Challenge recipient), Gravy Studio and Gallery and most recently at Black Oak House. Selected group exhibitions: Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, Pa.; Front Gallery, New Orleans; Newspace Center for Photography/Portland, Ore.; Power Plant Gallery/ Durham, N.C.; Grizzly Grizzly/Philadelphia; Abington Art Center, Abington, Pa.; Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa.; and Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia. Other projects include work in Conveyor Magazine and Proof Magazine, an essay and artist feature in Cleaver Magazine, and Good Game. Foster was a 2014 artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and was selected as a 2016/2017 finalist at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. She has also participated in international group exhibitions in England, Romania and Spain, and most recently in Korea and Bulgaria, and has work featured in private collections across the country. Julianna Foster is currently an assistant professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts. She has been a guest lecturer at Rowan University and Temple University, and has sat on Fulbright and Graduate Thesis Committees at UArts.

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