"WHAT I KNOW ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY" CATALOG
The print catalog for the exhibition "What I Know About Photography" is now available!
The 2018 San Francisco State University exhibition was curated and designed by Jon Sueda, who also edited, designed and produced this 144-page document. As Sueda describes it, “the exhibition aims to highlight a parallel practice, investigating how a designer can have multiple lines of inquiry during a career that can not only be woven together, but appreciated in proximity to one another. The book includes over 100 images made between 1991 to the present, including snapshots, found photography, collage, and his most recent body of work titled ‘The New Machinery.’” The book includes a series of interviews, conversations and essays by Rudy Vanderlans, Andy Mattern, Jon Sueda and Emily McVarish.
My colorful five-floor installation, Delta Hex, along with a series of companion prints has been featured in the terrific Ain't Bad photography blog. Thank you Carson Sanders for the generous space you've provided to showcase the project.
This June, Aline Smithson’s magnificent photography blog, LENSCRATCH, featured The New Machinery, illustrated with fifteen examples from the ongoing series.
“DELTA HEX” INSTALLATION UNDERWAY
“Delta Hex,” my five-floor photographic commission is now being installed in Delta Dental’s corporate headquarters in Oakland, California. Four triptychs and one long wall all enliven central, busy areas of Delta’s workplace. Each work uses imagery from the surrounding cityscape and, placed alongside long windows, allow the visual relationships to emerge. Floors 7, 8, and 9 have been installed. Floors 5 and 10 will be in place in early 2019.
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
I'm proud to be one of twenty-four artists selected for DCCP's new Some Recent Findings publication. The group exhibition and catalogue is curated by Andrew Kensett, Assistant Curator, University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography. In Kensett’s words, “The twenty-four artists represented in this portfolio consider two acquisitive potentials of photography: to collect visual records of experience and to produce objects that may themselves be collected and circulated.Their artworks constitute findings, both in the sense that their content is found, and that they represent new knowledge generated through experimentation.” I’m pleased that Kensett felt this image from The New Machinery achieved these goals.
Very proud to have three of my New Machinery images included in the latest issue (No. 11) of HANT: Magazin für Fotografie, “Back to Reality.” This publication, based in Germany, is beautifully designed and printed.
“Martin Venezky: The New Machinery” at San Francisco International Airport
July 12 – October 18, 2018
The New Machinery is making its wide public debut at the San Francisco International Airport. Curator Kai Caemmerer has selected eight images from my ongoing series to feature in one of Terminal 3’s pre-security lounges. The exhibition will be on display from July 12 through October 18, 2018. Read the SFO press release, which features all eight images here.
Beautiful (Then Gone)
I am touched and delighted to be the subject of Beautiful (Then Gone), a short documentary created by my friend and former student Mike Slane. Mike and his crew spent several days with me at home and in my San Francisco studio (a few months before an unexpected eviction). The result is a very personal look at all things fleeting in our lives, and the small closely-held things that remain. Tremendous credit to Mike and his exceptional Denver-based studio, Practice.
The Center for Fine Art Photography “Abstract”
Untitled No. 21 from “The New Machinery” has been selected as part of the upcoming exhibition, “Abstract” opening November 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Big thanks to juror Elizabeth Houston from Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York.
Photo Alliance: Bay Area Currents
Untitled No. 23 from “The New Machinery” has been selected to be included in Photo Alliance’s upcoming Bay Area Currents exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Smith Andersen North Gallery in San Anselmo, California. Opening reception is Saturday, September 8. Details here.
F-Stop Magazine “Altered Image”
May 21, 2018
I’m proud to have four images from “The New Machinery” selected for F-Stop’s online photography magazine’s group exhibition: “Altered Image.” Check out the full roster of intriguing photography here.
Martin Venezky in conversation with Andy Mattern
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:00pm
Designer and photographer Marin Venezky presents and discusses his work with Andy Mattern, assistant professor of photography and digital media at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. This event serves as closing event for the DesignSpace exhibition Martin Venezky: What I Know About Photography. Located in the Fine Arts Building, DesignSpace Gallery. More information on the SFSU Events Site here.
“What I Know About Photography” at San Francisco State University, DESIGNSPACE Gallery
March 29 – April 21, 2018
Martin Venezky: What I know about Photography, marks the first comprehensive survey of photographic work by Martin Venezky. An exhibition featuring a celebrated graphic designer might typically offer instant accessibility and familiarity to iconic works, however, in this case, Venezky will be showing a less known aspect of his creative practice. A body of photographic work has existed literally in the “background,” hovering behind or aside his ornate and dynamic typographic compositions that are his signature. Venezky recently dedicated his sabbatical year to recontextualize his work and reinvent himself in this connected discipline. The exhibition will include over 100 images made between 1991 to the present, including snapshots, found photography, collage, and his most recent body of photo constructions titled “The New Machinery.” Thank you to the partners who have been integral to the success of the project are Andy Mattern, Emily McVarish, Eing Opastpongkarn, Mike Scaringe, Joshua Singer, Mike Slane, Rudy Vanderlans, and Lindsey Westbrook. A full catalog of the exhibition is currently in production.
Adore Noir Magazine features “The New Machinery”
A big thank you to Chris Kovacks, editor of online magazine Adore Noir (now Mono Chroma) for featuring 14 images from “The New Machinery” in its February 2018 issue along with an extended interview. The full issue is available for purchase here.
“Every Corner Vibrates Like Art” at San Francisco Arts Commission Grove Street Gallery
August 26, 2017 – December 31, 2018
“Every Corner Vibrates Like Art” is the concluding exhibition at the SFAC Grove Street Gallery. Installed in the gallery’s four street-level windows, the photo construction is composed of hundreds of individual photo prints, many of which were captured within the now vacant building. The gallery is located at 155 Grove Street, directly across from San Francisco City Hall. Read the SFAC press release here.
Studio Visit for Elephant Magazine.
Robert Urquhat interviewed me in my studio for a recent Elephant Magazine blog post. Read the interview here.
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