This Side of the Blue | Opens THIS Friday, August 2nd!
Castell Photography Gallery is pleased to present This Side of the Blue, featuring a series of new works from gallery artist Timothy Pakron. The show will also feature a selection of Pakron’s earlier works, some of which have never been shown at the gallery. The show opens on Friday, August 2nd from 6p.m. to 8p.m, coinciding with the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association’s August Artwalk.
Timothy Pakron is an emerging artist from the coast of Mississippi, who currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He has exhibited extensively throughout the south, and is currently represented by Castell Photography. Pakron graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in photography in 2009. Immediately following his education Pakron began showing his work throughout Charleston at galleries including Rebekah Jacob Gallery, The Charleston Public Library, City Gallery, and Eye Level Art, among others. In the fall of 2011 Pakron was awarded the Director’s Choice Award by Gallery Director Heidi Gruner as a part of Castell Photography’s juried exhibition, Manipulated, curated by executive director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Ariel Shanberg. He has since shown at the gallery as a part of multiple group exhibitions, and this will be his ﬁrst solo show at the gallery.
Untitled, Timothy Pakron
Pakron’s earlier work - drippy, evocative portraits - are each one of kind, crafted by hand in a traditional darkroom. After creating a negative on ﬁlm, Pakron develops the image selectively onto the paper to uncover only details of a face he wishes his audience to see. On his older works Pakron states, “To me, a successful portrait has a presence. It has weight. The portrait evokes the emotional presence of the subject as well as the viewer. In my exploration, the deﬁning goal is to create a portrait that becomes an experience to view.The portraits embody their own unique strangeness.” These eerie portraits will hang alongside 12 of Pakron’s newest works.
Wash Away the Rain, Timothy Pakron
The artist’s newest works continue his exploration of portraiture, and are a natural, but exciting progression from his earlier works. This new work was shot after a brief break in photography for Pakron, who is also an oil painter. He states that once he began shooting again that “Subconsciously, the work was telling me what I wanted to make, and eventually a distinction and consistency developed.” Unlike a traditional portrait, these images often times obscure the sitter beyond the point of recognition. These works seek to create an impression or imitation of the subject, and are more about about an investigation of the sitter and a play on the process of portraiture itself than they are about physical represtentation. All shot in color, they still evoke a painterly quality through the use of long exposures and camera movement, but there is no paintbrush involved. With these new works the camera is his only tool, and the computer is used minimally. On his new work, Pakron states “I am more interested in capturing an idea of a ﬁgure, rather than a simple documentation. The movement of the camera and the subject in combination with long exposures capture repetition and energy, creatingcolor variations and characteristics that I am very much interested in, which a normal photograph does not.”
Towards the Sun, Timothy Pakron
The opening reception for This Side of the Blue will be held on Friday, August 2nd, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Specialty cocktails will be served to celebrate the evening. The show will remain on exhibit through October.
We look forward to seeing you Friday evening!