Photographers are known for producing compelling photos, but how about swinging a hammer or spackling walls?
Member artists of fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, a not-for-profit organization and photography gallery, did just that after moving to a new location and will unveil their space during a reception and exhibition Saturday.
"We rented a storefront and striped the walls, built new walls, did spackling and painting. Except for the electrical stuff, the work was done by the artists," says Holly Gordon, a member artist and gallery spokesperson. "It was a month of intense labor. We have turned a storefront into an absolutely beautiful gallery."
"The Grand Reopening Innagural Exhibition" features about 45 recent works by the gallery artists. Visitors can expect to see digital, film, street and documentary photography, in both black and white and color.
Works demonstrate a vast range - from Seth Kalmowitz's infared image of a landscape in Italy, which Gordon says "creates a very surreal landscape" because "things that are normally dark might appear light and things that are normally light might appear dark," to Ray Germann's black and white close-up photo of the interior of a weathered boat hull, and even Gordon's own color pigment print on canvas of Monet's Japanese Bridge taken in Giverny, France.
Alli Rufrano highlights a close-up of the human face, showing an eye, nose and mouth in color. "The face is coming right out of the frame at you, because it's larger than life and it's mysterious because a lot of it is in shadow," Gordon says.
Meanwhile, Lois Youmans showcases a broken, battered doll on an antique-looking print with tones of browns and creams. The print itself is even cut and stitched together. "It's haunting. It's disturbing. It's so powerful," Gordon says.
So why check it out?
"I hope that people will discover that there's a lot of talent here on Long Island and that there is this place where they can visit to see marvelous photography," Gordon says. "And that people will want to come back again and again, because every month we're going to have new exhibits."
"The Grand Reopening Innagural Exhibition"
WHEN/WHERE 5-7 p.m. Saturday reception. Exhibition on view through October 2 at fotofoto Gallery, 14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 12 noon - 8 p.m. Saturday, 12 noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.
INFO 631-549-0448 or fotofotoGallery.com