Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jefferson Hayman: Provincetown Film Festival


The Schoolhouse Gallery is pleased to announce a special portfolio of photographs by renowned photographer Jefferson Hayman, who is represented by the John Cleary Gallery, assembled and presented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in honor of the Provincetown International Film Festival and in support of the Festival's effort to acquire the Whaler's Wharf Cinema as a home for films on the edge.

The limited edition portfolio will be on exhibit at the Schoolhouse Gallery from June 4 – 23, 2010 as part of the gallery’s special Festival programming. The boxed set of twelve prints plus an introductory image is being offered to festival supporters at a special pre-exhibition price resulting in a reduction from its of more than 60% if the works were to be purchased individually —and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the festival campaign.

Jefferson Hayman’s Provincetown Portfolio consists of twelve carefully selected Archival Pigment Prints and one introductory image, all on archival 100 lb. matte surface paper presented in a boxed set with titled overlays. The photographs have been selected by the photographer as a note to Provincetown and consist of nine images taken of the town and surrounding seashore during the last three years and four images from the photographer’s studio. The suite of images specifically addresses aspects of the Cape’s landscape such as time, nostalgia, light, memory, journeying, and art history. The portfolio is being produced as an edition of twenty-five boxed sets.

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving our Provincetown community by filling the void for year-round film programming and reflecting the community's rich diversity in our selected films and honorees. An integral part of PIFF's mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America's oldest art colony.

Jefferson Hayman's black and white still lives, cityscapes and portraiture are a nostalgic journey to an obscure and imperceptible time period. His work suggests solitude and the tranquility of a contented slumber. Hayman uses negative space, filtered light and grainy tones to build an aesthetic of mystery, shadows and time suspended. His subject matter is familiar – personal objects, moments, situations and places that seem to be evidence of an imagined history, one where memories are dreamed, felt and shared but not owned. Hayman works with themes of nostalgia, common symbols & memory to make photographic images that seem historically timeless. His nude figures, silent typewriters, lonely suitcases & forgotten skulls are captured with a delicacy of tonality that brings to mind the highest traditions of graphic art and early photography. His work is in many notable collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, NY Public Library, President Clinton, Cornell University, Whoopi Goldberg, Banana Republic, Inc., Rudolph Kicken, Robert DeNiro & David Mamet.

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