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Art is the Driving…

Dec 3 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Backyard Grooves

Dec 03, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Celebration in the…

Dec 03, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christian Marclay's…

Dec 3 - 4, 2016
THE CLOCK by Christian Marclay comes to New Orleans! Never before exhibited in… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 3 - 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Clarence John…

Dec 03, 2016 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Court of Two Sisters…

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
Join us for the  Jazz Brunch with Santa! There will be  both the Jazz… more

Double Dose

Dec 03, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Exhibition to feature…

Dec 03, 2016 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Historic New Orleans…

Dec 03, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Holiday Gingerbread…

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
Reserve Seats to Red Fish Grill's Annual Gingerbread House Building Workshops… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 3 - 31, 2016
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will… more

Holiday Print Sale

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd for a Holiday Print Sale. All work… more

Jambalaya, the Musical

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
‘JAMBALAYA, the MUSICAL’ , a new musical by award-winning creator… more

Jefferson Performance…

Dec 3 - 11, 2016
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is a fast paced, hysterical, whimsical… more

Krewe of Jingle Parade

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
Back for its ninth year, New Orleans' official holiday parade, the "Krewe… more

Magazine St. Holiday…

Dec 3 - 18, 2016
Dat Dog’s Magazine Street location will also transform during the first… more

Mama's Music

Dec 03, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Miracle on Fulton…

Dec 3 - 24, 2016
NOV 22 – DEC 24 Hourly Snowfall 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gingerbread… more

Modgun by Robert…

Dec 3 - 18, 2016
The public is invited to tour the newly installed ModGun by Robert Tannen, the… more

Art is the Driving…

Dec 3 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Tonic of Wildness: Photographs by John Bentham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tonic of Wildness: Photographs by John Bentham

Opening Reception: Saturday February 22, 2014, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition through March 29, 2014

 

The Foundation Gallery
608 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

 

John Bentham documents various social groups in his photographs, depicting individuals from an array of backgrounds in their environments. His investigation into human behavior has been a lifelong pursuit that offers an intimate perspective into the lives of his subjects. Bentham also extends his practice to landscapes and details that complete the photographic stories and provide color and texture to the narratives he portrays. The artist's humanity toward his subjects is evident in his approach: at once insightful, personal, and frank.

Throughout his career, Bentham has focused on subcultures, including burlesque dancers, drag queens, bikers, and roller derby teams. Often these series develop over several years, and the artist fosters close relationships with his subjects, allowing for an inside view into their worlds. The series of works featured in this exhibition present a range of photographs, taken from 2012 through the present, that were inspired by Bentham's move from New York City to rural upstate New York in the summer of 2012. After over two decades of living in New York City, Bentham found the dramatic change from the busyness of urban life to the slower pace of the small town a compelling subject to tackle. The resulting images-a group of participants at a local truck pull; a lone rig parked in a lot outside Utica-faithfully represent the milieu in which the artist operates and lend an experiential, "being there" quality to the moment depicted.

Drawing from a rich tradition of documentary photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, and Bruce Davidson, Bentham approaches his subjects with minimal technical intervention. In our age of digital manipulation, it is refreshing to see a photograph that is not heavily imbued with falsely saturated colors and effects-one that instead depicts what is essentially true through the lens of the artist's own perspective.

How can an image be sympathetic, humorous, critical, and poetic at the same time? That is Bentham's gift. Somehow he manages to capture all these qualities with an effortlessness that belies the complexity of his subjects. His approach to the people and places he photographs does not endeavor to simplify or qualify their lives. Rather, these images present an often relatable perspective as they document the peculiarities of social behavior. As he has done in his other work, Bentham here uses the camera to observe and record while he becomes embedded within the culture he visually explores.

As Thoreau wrote, we need "the tonic of wildness"-moments never before seen in a particular way, places never before defined with such clarity. Through this new body of work, Bentham delves into the dynamic and mysterious relationships between people and their environment, a journey that is endlessly fascinating and unhaltingly original.

 

The Foundation Gallery
608 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-568-0955
www.foundationgallerynola.com
Hours: 11-4 Tues & Wed, 11-6 Thurs-Sat

Opening Reception: Saturday February 22, 2014, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition through March 29, 2014

 

Proceed from this exhibition will benefit the Treme Market Branch, New Orleans
www.trememarketbranch.com