Featuring Bay Area photographers, Kirk Crippens, Alan W George,
Esmeralda Ruiz, Charity Vargas & Winni Wintermeyer.
In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Gallery
Carte Blanche is pleased to announce the opening of their San Francisco-centric
exhibition Call Me Home on Friday,
November 30, 2012. Featuring a
series of photographs taken throughout San Francisco by 5 local photographers, Call
Me Home is the exclamation mark after “Happy
One-year Anniversary Carte Blanche!”
One year ago, on November 25th,
Carte Blanche opened its Valencia Street doors. Since opening, numerous photography
lovers and talented artists have become part of the gallery’s community. Hundreds
of photographs and books have been exhibited on the gallery walls, shelves and tables,
transforming the space into the home for photography it was conceived to be.
Celebrating international visions and talents, Gallery Carte Blanche’s
programming responds to the passion and commitment of photographers from around
the world and from just around the corner.
After one year of multicultural
discoveries and international inspiration provided through exhibitions,
artists, talks and special programming, Gallery Carte Blanche is happy to celebrate
year one with a bevy of local talent. Each of the 5 photographers represented in
Call Me Home, like gallery owner Gwen
Lafage, are non-native San Franciscans who have adopted this city and call it
home. Notes gallery owner, Gwen
Lafage, “An artistic inspiration for generations, San Francisco continually enchants
and fascinates. The diversity and vibrancy of the City by the Bay make it a
mysterious harbor, a place where life is quirky and accepting of people
idiosyncrasies.” The photographs in Call
Me Home capture these San Francisco wonders and engage with the landscape,
exploring the city from the vantage points of its residential homes, foggy
vistas and neon-lit alleys.
About the Photographers:
Kirk Crippens had an early
start with photography, inspired by his grandfather who kept a closet darkroom.
As a college student Crippens ventured into photojournalism, interning at
prestigious newspapers around the United States. Based in San Francisco since
2000, he has since focused his efforts on personal projects. In 2011 he was
included in eighteen exhibitions, three of which were solo shows. Crippens was
named one of the Top 50 Photographers in Critical Mass for the second
consecutive year, nominated for Photolucida’s book prize, and exhibited in the
International Photography Festival in Lishui, China. Currently the Artist-in-Residence
at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, Crippens will begin a new residency in
2013 where he will be the Artist-in-Residence at Newspace Center for
Photography in Portland, Oregon.
Alan W. George was born in Fayetteville, North
Carolina on the first day of the last month of 1968. Alan first started
exploring photography as a form of self-expression more or less eight years
ago, serving as a survival tool for divorce, two children and getting old,
among other things. George lives and plays in San Francisco, and in his
precious spare time he can be found roaming the roads of Northern California,
occasionally stopping to take a photograph.
Esmeralda Ruiz grew up in a small art studio in
San Fernando Valley, CA with her two artist parents who exposed her to the
wonders of all art forms at a young age. A key step in her way to becoming
a photographer was when her father passed over his Hasselblad camera, and
told her "A camera is a tool that you can use to capture the world around
you. Just remember you are the voice behind the lens." These words
still resonate with Ruiz as she uses and transforms the landscape
that surrounds her to represent her dreams, and to make visual references to a
time in her childhood when she flat-lined for three minutes. Thriving on
adventure, most of Ruiz’s images are made while she travels, especially down
the California coastline. Her images create a vast, peaceful space that is
universal to all viewers and allows the mind to wander.
Raised on an Air Force base near Canada, in the
foothills of Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounded by old cedars and snow, and
still later in the suburbs - surrounded by little, Charity Vargas now lives in
one of the San Francisco Presidio’s historic houses. The majority of her work
has been photographing in the Presidio, a former Army base transformed into
Americas’ largest urban national park. The forests and military industrial
architecture here do not seem at odds to her, where nature thrives alongside
structures modified over many years, for many uses. Since 2003 Vargas has
photographed the Presidio and its changes, noting that its complex landscape
feels familiar to her.
in the industrial Ruhr Valley in Bochum, Germany, Winni Wintermeyer moved to
San Francisco in the early 1990s, settling in a neighborhood where mockingbirds
imitate the sounds of cheap car alarms. Working as an editorial photographer he
creates images of people for various publications around the globe. In his free
time Wintermeyer likes to observe and document humans and the traces they leave
behind, taking those images and rearranging them to tell new stories. You can
find his work at Hespe Gallery and the SFMOMA Artists Gallery.