Jupiter Island Photography

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

I used to frequent this beach as a child. I decided to return here and take some photographs for both sentimental and spiritual inducing reasons. Always when the ocean meets the sand and the presence of rock structures show themselves as monuments it somehow creates this amazing juxtaposition. Although on such a small scale as compared to my visits to the California coast, my feelings here are so much closer to my heart.

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Photography Exhibition: Jennifer Carrera Turner 2018

Solo Photography Exhibition by Jennifer Carrera Turner featuring “Historic Catholic Churches” Religious Series and includes the introduction of “The Obsolete Existence: Industrial American Landscape”. This exhibition is the reception event following the “Duo Lopez Tabor” concert, performed by Mozart-Brahms-Latin American Duo: Alfonso Lopez, violinist and Michelle Tabor, pianist held at 3:00pm, January 21, 2018. St. Patrick Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Quonset Huts: A Study in Photography

When you are enthralled by something so simplistic yet so striking – as simple as the most basic steel architectural structures. That’s how I feel about Quonset Huts. It’s a Fine Art Photography Project that is personal at most. Now added to the Industrial Series Photography Portfolio.

 

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Barbara T. Smith, Graciela Carnevale, Shinro Ohtake and Iñigo Manglano – Ovalle : Art Basel Miami

December 4, 2016 – Miami Beach, FL

by Jennifer Carrera Turner

Another incredible year at one of the finest Art Shows in the world and the most premier Art Show of the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach now finished it’s 15th season. In five days the show had admitted 77,000 visitors consisting of high-end private collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons from the most influential international museums and institutions.

It was reported that the participating galleries received abundant sales on all market levels. The Lead Partner of Miami Beach Art Basel is UBS and participating were 269 exclusive galleries coming from 29 countries which provided an incredible array of works. The extensive gamut included that of Modern and Contemporary masterpiece paintings, sculptures, elaborate installations, multi-media, film and photography from both established and emerging artists.

Art Basel Miami Beach is divided into specific sectors which organizes galleries into groups or sections. In one of these sectors named Survey which was developed three years ago (contains art created prior to year 2000), consisted of 14 galleries of which 4 were exhibiting for the very first time.

 

The Box, a gallery located in Los Angeles was one of the four first time exhibitors. The Box presented works by artist Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931), now in her eighties has been producing work for over 40 years. Smith, originally from Pasadena, CA but now residing in LA works in mediums such as sculptural installations, painting and performance. She is a dedicated feminist whose work experiments with “themes of the body, food, female desire, heterosexual relationships, sexuality, religion, transformation of the spirit, love and mortality”.

The project created by Smith shown in The Box’s space focused on her sculptural resin objects and a film that was shot on 16mm,  entitled Light Watch which is a one time-lapse shot of an enormous single resin ‘blade’ which is reminiscent of a thin obelisk type shape protruding from a large body of water.

The resin “blade” used in the film had originally been part of the late 1960’s sculptural installation titled Field Piece. It was a monumental work representing Smith’s vision of a “never-ending field of grass symbolizing personal freedom”. It consisted of several 15-foot tall hollow blades made of translucent resin. Along a white shelf in the booth on the wall were the vintage black & white photographs of the original installation showing the blades clustered together.

During the 1970’s through the 1990’s, Smith continued to focus on encasing different materials and objects within the resin which is a delicate toxic material to work with during the process of creation. Her work has been exhibited and collected by major museums such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, MOCA, LACMA, Art Institute of Chicago and was booth winner of the Frieze Stand Prize, in London, UK (2013). She is a pioneer of the use of mixed media and of using uncommon materials at a time when it was not relatively usual.

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Another gallery in the Survey sector, espaivisor, Valencia, Spain presented the photography work of Graciela Carnevale (b.1942) of Argentina, titled ‘El encierro’ (1968) which is an important work of sociopolitical art in Latin America from the late 1960’s.

This work is a composition of 48 photographs which is the documented result of a large group of people who arrived by invitations to a “gallery reopening” event distributed by the artist’s husband, Carlos Militello. After the arrival of the guests, the gallery Ciclo de Art Experimental in Melipan was then locked unbeknownst to the visitors inside and the idea was that they were no longer the spectators but were the actual “unaware participants” in an experimental confinement in which the actions were continuously photographed. Instead of the people becoming violent, they patiently waited, however a passerby on the exterior actually broke the glass to let the guests escape.

A member of the Grupo de Arte de Vanguardia who was present, considered this to be a destructive act to the artist’s experiment thus in turn resulted in violence when trying to stop the people from leaving. This attracted the attention of a police intervention and then the eventual permanent closing of the Ciclo de Arte Experimental.

This photographic exhibit invites the viewer to recreate the events as you follow the photos along the walls.  El encierro (Confinement) has been on exhibit in countless international shows, including Documenta XII, Walker Art Center, MoMA PS1 and Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.

 

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Incredible works from Southeast Asia and other regions of the world were presented by STPI Gallery, Singapore.  Works in this gallery booth included Sam Durant (USA), Shirazeh Houshiary (UK), Jane Lee (Singapore), Shinro Ohtake (Japan), Do Ho Suh (South Korea/UK) and Entang Wiharso (Indonesia). This is the gallery’s third presentation at Art Basel Miami and were taken from the artist’s residencies at STPI. The media used consists of printmaking, lithography, etching, screen printing, and thread drawings on handmade papers.

Captivating is the bright neon yellow works of Shinro Ohtake which references the “yellowcake” or uranium release from the Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant disaster. The powerplant destruction was the result of the Great East Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. “The works act as recordings of radioactive contamination and can be seen as a response to concerns it raised around nuclear energy, threats from nature, considerations of the earth and the universe, and relations between families and homes affected by the disaster.” – STPI Singapore. The two works titled Yellow Sight 1 and 7 (2015) are of Ohtake’s signature style which includes imagery from the artist’s everyday life.

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The amazing floating-in-air suspended installation within the Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany booth was the creation of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Born in Madrid, Spain (b.1961) currently lives and works in Chicago, USA, also teaches at the city’s famous School of Art and Design. The sculpture which reminds me of a huge liquid mass of mercury is absolutely breathtaking and is one of his Cloud Prototypes. These clouds are created of fiberglass and covered seamlessly in titatium alloy foil. “The shapes of the clouds are actually based on the data that is recorded by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.”

Manglano-Ovalle’s work has been shown regularly in over 200 international solo and also group exhibitions. These include but not limited to Documenta 12, the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, as well as Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim, New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum, New York, the Mass MoCA and numerous European venues, including the incredible Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Stedelijk Museum in Gent, and Haus Lange/Haus Esters in Krefeld.

These are just a few of the fascinating works of art and artists that I had the pleasure of learning about at my visit to Art Basel Miami Beach this past weekend.

The scale of this show is so grandiose you actually need to spend the extent of the days offered to take in all of the amazing surroundings, talent and passion within the complex both indoors and outdoors.

It is obvious why it continues to have such a draw to collectors, prestigious galleries and those who appreciate fine art from around the globe. When you take the time to learn how, why and realize the intensity behind these works of art can you truly appreciate it.

More photos from Art Basel Miami Beach 2016:

 

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Nature Photography: Birds, Butterflies & Flowers

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

Today I took my mom to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL to appreciate the scenery and to play with some nature photography in a more controlled environment. You are absolutely guaranteed birds and butterflies!  It’s a wonderful place to visit for children and adults of all ages and very much fun and challenging to photograph. A very peaceful and relaxing place to visit! Enjoy!

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The Rudin Prize : Emerging Photographers

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

West Palm Beach, FL – On January 5, 2017 one photographer will be awarded $ 20,000 cash as part of receiving The Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers. The exhibition featuring the four emerging photographers is now on view at the Norton Museum of Art. The photographers were each nominated by world-renowned artists. The nominees were selected based upon their talents of providing exceptional work in a contemporary progressive manner. The photographers are: Clare Benson, Elizabeth Bick, Alexandra Hunts, and Wesley Stringer. The artists who selected these nominees are: Arno Minkkinen, Shirin Neshat, Rineke Dijkstra, and Michael Kenna.

This outstanding award is issued every two years and is the namesake of the late New York City real estate developer Lewis Rudin, and made possible by the generosity of Ms. Beth Rudin DeWoody and the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art. Patrons include The Gioconda and the Joseph King Endowment for Exhibitions.

I attended the November 10, 2016 Curator’s Conversation during Art After Dark to view the opening of this new exhibition. Prior to the tour, I examined the installations myself to gather my own thoughts and ideas while reading and observing each of the photographers biographies and works. I feel that I like to determine my own conclusions prior to hearing the curator’s explanations. I look for the many details in the work and use my imagination as they would and then compare what I learn later to my own thoughts.

As the tour began we were introduced to Tim B. Wride, (William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography) by the lovely Adelia Gregory, Assistant Curator of Education at Norton Museum of Art.

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Tim began our tour at the photography of Clare Benson, an award winning photographer and interdisciplinary artist from the United States who is currently in residency in Sweden. Her work is a mixture of media but primarily video and photography. She is highly focused on presenting culture that is of a very rural lifestyle and incorporates much of her family history, a life & death theme, and North American hunting traditions. She focuses on the strengths of women being hunter/gathers in a vintage rustic era much more than that of being nurturing homemakers.

Next we learn about the photography of Elizabeth Bick, American born and residing in New York City. She was a classically trained ballerina who became enthralled with street photography and the capture of “Organized Chaos” as Mr. Wride comments. Her style involves showing people in their natural form but at moments that appear that their gestures relate to dancelike motions – almost choreographed yet remaining unintentional.

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The most traditional photographer of this selection is Wesley Stringer, a man after my own heart. Someone whose style I understand completely, especially with the particular photographs I see chosen for this exhibit. According to Mr. Wride it was most difficult to “pair down the selections” for Wesley’s part of this exhibition as “every picture leads to the next” almost like a story or poetry being shown by way of photography. By eliminating photos, could it be that the story is not understood completely? Like something is missing? It was decided to use only what was absolutely necessary without compromise. Also on view in a glass case is a hand bound book of photography and other handmade items using photographs.

And last but most scientifically interesting in a very technical sense is Alexandra Hunts, she is Ukrainian and currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The photography of Alexandra is a almost like a science experiment shown as proof in photos. She spent months working at a apple orchard using a scale to measure the weight of apples to 1 kilogram at a time until she had a total of 1000 kilograms to amass a total weight of 1 metric ton of photographed apples. These individual photographs of apples with their varying shadows were painstakingly cut with an exacto knife from their cards. The individual cut out tiny apples where then arranged into a hanging sculpture and then photographed as a whole. The cards with their absent apples with only remaining holes and shadows are arranged into their own displayed installation on shelves along the wall. It is quite complex.

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I highly recommend visiting this exhibition I believe it to be quite enjoyable. The public is also allowed to place their own votes and will be revealed on the final day as the “People’s Choice” selection. On January 4, 2017 the photographers will be interviewed privately and official votes executed by the Norton’s Photography Committee, which is a combination of the Norton’s Executive Director, photography curator, collectors, and trustees will make the announcement to all during Art After Dark on January 5, 2017. I have cast my vote, now I cannot wait to find out who the winner shall be!Rudin Prize Exhibit / Norton Museum of Art

Written & Photographed by: Jennifer Carrera Turner

 

Miami Beach SoBe Art & Culture: Exemplary Ambassadors

 

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Louis Canales explaining the challenges of marketing South Beach.
By Jennifer Carrera Turner

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL a gathering of South Florida’s art & cultural pioneers came together to educate the patrons of our local art community about the struggles, reality and the progress made primarily in the South Beach Miami area. Rolando Chang Barrero, was the creator/host/gallery owner of this magnificent event titled: “Art and Culture of South Beach Renaissance: The American Riviera”.

 

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Manny Hernandez presenting excerpts of his celebrity portfolio.

 

The speakers and presenters were as follows: Sandra Schulman, founder of NYC galleries, nationally renown art curator, documentarian, film producer; Louis Canales, international creative director/writer, photographer, master facilitator and event coordinator of visual and performing arts worldwide; Manny Hernandez, “Manny of Miami”, life-long acclaimed professional celebrity photographer, exclusive periodical photography for high-end socialites and clientele, and Miami News Media; Liz Balmaseda, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, internationally known writer/field/associate film producer and Hispanic Heritage Award winner for literary excellence in Washington D.C.. The individuals above have so many more credentials and list of accomplishments than I can account for here in this blog so I recommend that you take the time for your own individual research.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero and his fantastic smiling selfies.

 

It was an honor and priveledge to meet these people first hand in the intimate setting of The Box Gallery. The event focused on how these individuals contributed with their own individual talents, and abilities to project their art and passion within the South Miami Beach community at a time when it was on the verge of changing from a local retirement community with historic oceanfront hotels and vintage apartments into a wild nightlife destination and international playground. These accounts focused of the period of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Throughout the diverse economic challenges came the progressive changes in arts and architectural movements, films and popular television shows.

 

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Elusive filmography backdrop.

 

South Beach “SoBe” initiated by Louis Canales achieved status as a major entertainment destination, fashion and art mecca. A very architecturally unique city with a major revitalization boom.  Photographer Manny Hernandez gave an incredible insightful presentation on screen of his personal work and explanations on what it was like to encounter celebrities such as Gianni Versace, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and countless many stars too grandiose to recall.

 

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Manny Hernandez with Jennifer Carrera Turner (yes me)

 

Louis Canales reflected upon the early days of getting his photography printed for early morning departures and deadlines, industry demands and hard work involved in being an advocate for the city of Miami Beach and so many others. Liz Balmaseda recounted her memories of growing up in Miami, the local Cuban Cuisine and the beginnings of gourmet innovations that made influences upon the up-and-coming Latin Fusion flavors.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero filming his FaceBook Live capturing the moment.

 

This event was held in a classroom style amongst the fascinating current art exhibit of Don Shearer. As a Florida native like myself, Rolando Chang Barrero having made an opportunity like this available to the public for both pleasure and education, is just one of many things that he has done for our local arts communities throughout Palm Beach County. In many ways hearing what the speakers and presenters had to share at this event acknowledges the reality of what Rolando’s revitalization efforts are here. It shows not only his love of art but also our community and future.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero with Jennifer Carrera Turner

 

 Images of the hip and contemporary The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Currently exhibiting: The Work {OF} Don Shearer: A Retrospective

An awesome place to be encapsulated.