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For Immediate Release

Summer Selections at the Joseph Bellows Gallery
Group Exhibition Includes San Diego Photographers Bill Rastetter and Liz Cockrum

We are pleased to announce that a summer group exhibition will open July 11th with an opening reception from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition will run through August 29th.

The exhibition will include two contemporary San Diego photographers: Bill Rastetter and Liz Cockrum. Rastetter's ongoing Seascapes Series, which consists of images shot in La Jolla, California and Hawaii, captures the ocean at night. Using 4 x 5 inch color transparency film and time lapse photography, with exposures lasting between one and eight minutes, the oceans become more abstractions than literal landscapes. The loss of wave structure creates an abstraction that one might ordinarily associate with a watercolor painting rather than a photograph. Rastetter's minimal and often surreal seascapes capture views of the ocean not normally accessible to the naked eye.

Liz Cockrum's ongoing series called Sirens focuses on the lifestyle and culture of female surfers. By documenting women in spaces outside of the water, Cockrum's images go beyond the typical representation of women in surfing and show the softer side of surf culture. Her photographs show how this culture is infused it into her subjects' daily lives and personal spaces. Like Cockrum, photographer Joni Sternbach makes portraits celebrating surfers and surf culture. Combining a 19th-century process of tintype with a contemporary subject, Sternbach's surfer subjects, photographed on the beach or near the water, seem both current and timeless.

We will also feature work from Virginia Beahan's recent book CUBA: singing with bright tears, which is the culmination of the artist's seven-year project photographing the social and political landscape of Cuba.

Also included in the exhibition are vintage prints of beach landscapes by Brett Weston and Paul Capongiro and photographs of Coney Island in the 1960s by Stephen Salmieiri. Photographs by Alex Webb, Chip Hooper, Edward Sturr, William Dassonville, and Pirkle Jones will also be included.

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For more information please contact:
Carol Lee Brosseau
carollee@josephbellows.com


 


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