June 14, 2014 through July 08, 2014

Plastic Fantastic Show V

Please join us for the artists reception and show opening of the
Plastic Fantastic Show V on Saturday Night, June 14th, 6-9pm

Congratulations to the photographers accepted into the Plastic Fantastic Show V

Cody ThomasDaniel GrantJeffrey MitchellPolly BarrowmanBob GervaisJane Keating
John BridgesThomas BoblettMatt AmottSteffani FrideresStacie TurnerHannah Cooper McCauley
Jenn WaltonMichael KirchoffCarole GlauberJames MalsichCynthia MatthiasAdrienne Highley
Jennifer HenriksenKenny GrayKy LewisSusan LirakisAndrei SorochinDiane Peterson
Jody MillerJoseph Phillippe Bevillard • Yuri SyuganovDrea Frost • Samuel ChoisyBecky Ramotowski
Marie CarrMarc von MartialJim RohanBarbara DombachJose Manuel MadronaSilke Hase
Adrienne DefendiLeigh OviattMarianne McCoyDavid CoryLisa LindamoodJill Gewirtz

It was my great honor to juror Plastic Fantastic for a fourth time. What a joy it was to view works from so many old friends of LightBox along with several new friends of the gallery. Congratulations to all of the photographers who were accepted along with everyone who submitted as selecting from so many great images proved to make my decision process an extremely difficult one. Light leaks, curious spots, scratches and marks on a negative, an ethereal blur, vignettes, ghostly double exposures… These are just a few “happy accidents” that define the distinctive style born from the unpredictable nature of toy cameras. While considering the selection for Plastic Fantastic V, a consistent theme emerged; photographers who intentionally use “happy accidents” as a means to create fascinating imagery. These artists have learned how to embrace flaws in a way that adds to the images rather than distracting or becoming redundant and stereotypical. I am extremely pleased to honor Kenny Gray, Thomas Boblett, Diane Peterson, John Bridges and Daniel Grant as this years distinguished award winners. ~ Susan Burnstine

All show images will be posted to this page after the show opening
Congratulations to this years award winners

First Place: Kenny Gray – “Self Portrait”
Kenny Gray’s “Self-portrait” is a powerful and haunting image that effectively exhibits how “happy accidents” can create wonderful works of art. What makes this image so fascinating is that it benefits from various emotional layers that can affect every viewer in a different manner, thus creating a potent and diverse narrative.

Second Place: Thomas Boblett – “Bus Stop”
Perhaps one the best example of the award winners that displays the success of “happy accidents”. While it’s not clear what created the textural effect in “Bus Stop”, it doesn’t matter in the end because it helps create an evocative and complex story depicting a psychologically captivating subject.

Third Place: Diane Peterson – “90 days of Sun”
Any image that takes ninety days to create deserves applause for ambition alone. But what makes this image truly stand out is the ethereal and effective nature of “90 Days of Sun” that allows it to transcend beyond mere process.

Honorable Mention: John Bridges – “Embrace”
John Bridges has been a notable contributor and past award winner in Plastic Fantastic exhibitions who consistently offers a unique style and strong narrative in his images. His latest entry, “Embrace”, suggests a captivating tale that asks more questions than provides answers, which is the heart of what makes a great image._

Honorable Mention: Daniel Grant – “Blonde”
Daniel Grant is also a notable contributor and past award winner in Plastic Fantastic exhibitions. What stands out about Daniel’s work is that he also has established an instantly recognizable, consistent and unique style, which continuously mesmerizes and seduces viewers. His latest entry, “Blonde”, stands out as a uniquely sensitive and provocative image, a strong combination that’s not easy to achieve._

This annual group exhibit originated as a celebration of the gallery’s anniversary every year and from LightBox’s love for images made with plastic “toy” film cameras. In its fifth year, the exhibit includes work of photographers from around the world, this year including Ireland, Moldova, Spain, Great Britain, Germany as well as Ontario and British Columbia, with a total of 45 prints exhibited.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted for their contributions, and another big congrats to those selected for the show this year by Susan Burnstine. Nice work! Thanks again to Susan for currating such a stunning exhibit.

LightBox is very honored to have Susan Burnstine as juror once again for the Plastic Fantastic Show. Susan is an award winning professional fine art photographer based in Los Angeles who builds homemade cameras and lenses primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, her images are mesmerizing and dreamlike, using film with the purity of the process as a vital element, without relying on digital processing.


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