ROCKPORT — An exhibition of photographs by Paul Caponigro, Eleanor Owen Kerr, Dirk McDonnell, Anna Mikuskova, and Ni Rong opens Saturday, July 20, at 162 Russell – 162 Russell Avenue – in Rockport, (former CMCA building). The exhibition features more than 50 photographs and will be on display until August 11.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday to Friday, 1-5
Saturday to Sunday 11-5
Paul Caponigro, an artist based in Cushing, is one of America’s foremost landscape photographers, according to the Collective, in a news release. Caponigro is best known for his interest in natural forms, landscapes, and still lives. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad.
He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants. In “Collective Work II,” Caponigro presents thirteen photographs: a selection of images of Celtic megaliths from Ireland, landscapes from across the United States and still-lives.
Dirk McDonnell lives in Camden. His work is in public collections in Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Mexico. He is currently represented by Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts and by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. In McDonnell’s work, one perhaps senses, as the focus progressively softens, how all composite things yield finally to diffusion, are relegated to memory, spill into abstraction, drift back toward the undifferentiated singularity out of which they once momentarily emerged. Things stand still in photographs, thus lending themselves for consideration.
In “Collective Work II,” Dirk presents images he took on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, in northwestern Argentina, in Europe, and in museum interiors.
Eleanor Owen Kerr splits her time between Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Midcoast Maine. She has earned a Professional Certificate from Maine Media Workshops and apprenticed for several years thereafter with Paul Caponigro.
Kerr’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies and the LSU Museum of Art as well as in numerous private collections. She has received awards from groups such as the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie de Paris, Black and White Spider Awards and Women in Photography International.
She is represented by Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans, Baton Rouge Gallery and Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, and Photography West Gallery in Carmel California.
Drawing on her childhood in Louisiana, Kerr captures moments where the layers obscuring nature mysteries are slightly permeable, hinting at questions as well as answers.
For “Collective Work II,” she presents a selection of photographs from two bodies of work, On the Bature and Passages.
Ni Rong is a photographer based in Rockport. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the Untied States and abroad. Rong grew up in China, and immigrated to the United States 34 years ago. Her project, In America – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, explores the emotional impact of cross culture life experience, and what home means to all of us. While using herself as a model, she was present and absent from her images simultaneously, inviting her viewers to participate and experience her journey along with her. Her work expresses the inner lives of generations of people who experienced cultural displacement and went on journeys of transformation.
Rong presents two bodies of work, In America and One land. Together they ask a question: If you lost your identity, what would you have left?
Anna Mikuskova is an artist based in Brunswick. Her work has been shown in numerous juried and non-juried exhibitions in New England. Her essays on photography have been published in magazines such as “The Maine Arts Journal” and the British magazine “On Landscape.”
Mikuskova has apprenticed for several years with Paul Caponigro. Currently, she is enrolled in the MFA program in photography at RIT in New York.
In “Collective Work II,” she presents PO BOX MXY, a selection of photographs from McCarthy, a remote town in Alaska where she lived in 2016 and 2018. Images of local residents, landscapes and abandoned buildings from mining’s past, now long gone, explore the relationship of McCarthy residents to nature and history, as well as their impact on the environment they live in.
For more information, contact Ni Rong, 207-230-1220 or find them on Facebook at @162 Russell.