Allison Barnes at Alibi Fine Art

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Alibi Fine Art
opening reception with the artist
Saturday January 11th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Allison Barnes.  Neither For Me Honey Nor the Honey Bee is a selection of 18 black and  white photographs from an ongoing project of the same name.

“There are places that make us, and in some way, we make them.” -Allison Barnes.

With Neither For Me Honey Nor the Honey Bee, Allison Barnes creates photographs that capture this idea- quiet images of the interplay of person and place that speaks beyond an autobiographical document. The exploration of personal geographies and self history yields a collection that allows us to meditate on this entwinement. Time, space and our personal relationship to each is transient, by turning her camera to this complex relationship, Barnes successfully produces an tangible anchor in the form of intimate photographs.

Allison Barnes is a Chicago based large format photographer. She received her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been the feature of numerous publications such as Aint-Bad Magazine, American Oxford, Der Greif, Lenscratch, One One Thousand, and Ticka Arts. Barnes has exhibited in solo* and group shows throughout the United States and internationally, including Autobiogeography*, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers, Personal Portraits, curated by the National Portrait Gallery, and received honorable mention in Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2013 by the Magenta Foundation. She is a contributing photographer to The Cultural Landscape Foundation and co-curator of Tathata (2013) and Field Notes (2014).

January 11, 2014 to March 3, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist, November 9th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Regular Hours – Friday & Saturday  11 AM – 6 PM and by appointment

Website: alibifineart.com

Asia Kepka at Alibi Fine Art

Alibi Fine Art
opening reception with the artist
Saturday September 14th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photography by Asia Kepka.  Bridget & I is a selection of 15 color photographs from an ongoing project which started in 2006.

Lasting relationships often begin by following a whim.  Seven years ago photographer Asia Kepka answered a Craiglist ad, and with no real plan in mind met Bridget.  While making portraits of her, Kepka felt prompted to step into the frame and in doing so entered another reality.  This “new imaginary world” became a spontaneous visual diary reflecting her everyday experiences, aspects of the past and of dreams manifest.  As Kepka writes “My hope was to create a fairy tale that is timeless, dreamlike – independent of place, hermetically sealed from the outside world.  This cathartic process has allowed me to explore issues of my identity as a woman and as an immigrant.”  Bridget & I allows us a glimpse of a rich and complex relationship that as outsiders we are rarely see.

Polish born Asia Kepka arrived in US in 1990. After receiving her first point and shoot camera as a welcome gift, she quickly fell in love with photography.  She enrolled in New England School of Photography and upon her graduation in 1994, she started working for Wired magazine, Fortune, Time and hundreds more. She shot all over the world – photographing people from Bill Gates to Yo Yo Ma.  In her commercial and personal work she combines her photography with ability to create sets and making clothes, skills she developed in Poland, where she studied set design at School of Theater and Film Set Design in Lodz.  Recently, her work has broadened from shooting 4×5 to digital medium, which allowed her to pursue her passion for film. She produced, directed and shot series of music videos and film portraits.  Her personal work has been exhibited throughout the country and internationally. In 2011, Kepka was a finalist in Massachusetts Cultural Council Arts Fellowship.  Asia Kepka resides in Arlington, Mass with her fiber glass partner, Bridget Manekin.

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Website: alibifineart.com

David Gremp at Alibi Fine Art

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Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photography by David Gremp. Chicago 78/79 is a selection of 30 black and white photographs created during a 12-month artist-in-residency with the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, a program that existed from 1977 to 1981. This is Gremp’s second solo exhibit at the gallery.

This was Chicago in 1978-79, in-between Daleys, with both Bilandic and Byrne as mayors, Lincoln Park was still a little blue around the collar, State Street was being converted into a “mall” for bus and pedestrian traffic only, the White Sox were lucky to draw more than a few thousand fans for a mid-week night game and you could barely get a seat in Wrigley Field on game day. While much of what he photographed is long gone (Comiskey Park, for one), some elements still exist. Chicago is still largely known – and appreciated – as a city of diverse neighborhoods, many of which still flaunt their ethnic roots, and south-side/north-side colors with pride.

David has been involved with photography for more than 40 years. He received his M.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1978, and has taught at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, and Columbia College, Chicago, IL. He received a humanities grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1980 and a completion grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 1982. He has also worked as a writer and editor at Calumet Photographic since 1981. The Chicago Council on Fine Arts A.I.R program was federally funded by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) which allowed the city to hire artists of varying disciplines, including musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, poets, playwrights, actors, filmmakers and photographers. David was assigned to the Chicago Public Library and asked to photograph nine different branch libraries and their adjoining neighborhoods throughout the city.

Website: alibifineart.com

Dan Farnum at Alibi Fine Art

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Growing Up
photographs by Dan Farnum

Alibi Fine Art
opening reception with the artist
Saturday April 6th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photography by Dan Farnum. Growing Up is a selection of 15 black and white photographs from a larger five year project.

The transition from childhood to adulthood is complicated and difficult. This is the time of letting what we were fall into the past, while not yet being certain of the future, is the mark of adolescence. Often, children will seek out places to practice and play out their fantasies of adulthood beyond the reach of parental supervision. These spaces offer both freedom and dangers, where naive experimentation exposes the fragility of youth. Schoolyards, trails, or empty lots become places where a first kiss can be stolen, a cigarette smoked and at least temporarily, a place to be made into ones own. In Growing Up, Dan Farnum has gone back to the places where he searched for maturity and creates photographs of lingering, adolescence memories.

Dan Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. His photographs address the American experience, landscape, and culture and have been showcased nationally in several exhibitions and galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York.

He is the recipient of many notable awards such as the Aperture Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia, two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest, Grand Prize Winner of the Missouri Top 50 contest, and the Juror’s Selection Award given by Christopher Rauschenberg at the Center for Fine Art Photography. Dan recently received an award in a show titled Landscape Interrupted by William Jenkins, who was responsible for the New Topographics exhibition while curator of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House.

Dan received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan. He is currently a professor of photography at the University of Missouri. Dan recently accepted a tenure track position at the University of Tulsa that will start in the fall.

April 6, 2013 to May 25, 2013
Opening Reception with the Artist, April 6th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Regular Hours – Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM and by appointment

Website: alibifineart.com

“Burkhart’s Underground” photographs by Fred Burkhart

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January 19 to March 23, 2013
Opening reception with the artist Saturday January 19th 5:30 to 8:30PM

Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photography by Fred Burkhart.  Burkhart’s Underground is a selection of 57 black and white photographs spanning an over forty year-long career.

Fred Burkhart has used his camera to capture people and places overlooked or brushed away by society, keenly focused on the human condition.  In his estimation, “…everybody’s the same, if you get down to the basic person. I don’t care what their political persuasion is, their religion or shall we say ‘style’, if you get what I mean. If you can get past people’s politics and their sex life and their religion you’re home safe.” Burkhart’s work features scenes as disparate as Venice, CA in the summer of love, street derelicts, gay pride, to the private lives of Midwest KKK families.

Fred Burkhart was born in Cincinnati, OH, moving to Chicago, IL after school.  Initially a self-taught painter, Burkhart studied from the masters while wandering Chicago’s Art Institute during the days and sleeping in abandoned buildings at night.  He was introduced to photography by a friend in 1966, who gave him his old broken camera and said, ‘Burkhart, you should become a photographer’.  His fascination with using the camera as a means of understanding and communicating with fringe cultures has lead him to document  a variety of marginalized communities. He is founder of the Burkhart Underground, a community that has inspired a new generation of underground artists in Chicago, and has captured the face of Chicago’s underground scene for over 30 years.

Website: alibifineart.com