Opening Reception at UNM Art Museum: Friday, June 5, 6-8pm
Members’ Preview 5-6pm
Opening Reception at 516 ARTS: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm
Rita Koehler Artist Talk: 4pm • Curator Talk: 5pm
Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of the online Fraction Magazine, this multi-site exhibition brings together 44 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 34 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum (from China, France, Japan, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and the UK). This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe (see separate press release). Opening events for Fraction of a Second take place during the Albuquerque weekend of PhotoSummer (June 5 & 6).
Fraction Magazine began as a way to broaden exposure for under-recognized work. Since it was launched eight years ago, it has featured portfolios of nearly 350 international photographers worldwide. Despite the accessibility and wide reach of an online venue, nothing replaces the experience of seeing a beautiful image printed and up close. The object is supreme.
The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. …In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”