| Juror’s Statement
When looking at photographs, there are three things that need to come together: image, execution, and presentation. All of the need careful consideration. The image needs to be compelling. This may be the foremost consideration. Does it have meaning, for both the producer and the audience? Does it have something to say? A reason for existence? Does it go beyond a simple recording or documentation? Is it trite or cliche?
The execution needs to enhance the image. Is it the right size? On the right paper? Is the color and and/or tonal values correct? Has it been over or under manipulated? Is the process (the combination of technical aspects involved) suited to the image?
The last, and most often overlooked, is the presentation of the image. Does the presentation enhance the image? If it is matted, is the mat the right color (white?). Is the mat too small or too large? Is the frame suitable? Overall, does the presentation respect the image, as well as the audience?
These are what I look at when I look at photographs. those chosen for the exhibition fulfill all three parameters, at least to as satisfactory degree. Jurying an exhibition is not an easy task. You say to yourself quite often, "if only". If only one of these factors had been better. When they all do come together, it is a great thing. I am grateful for the opportunity to have juried this show. Making art, making photographs, is an ongoing challenge. Part of that challenge, perhaps the greatest part, is presenting them to an audience. I applaud everyone who entered. My thanks to you, the artists, and to Framations.
|About the Juror:
A native Saint Louisan, Mark Douglas attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State), earning a BA in Fine Arts Studio, with an emphasis in printmaking. In 1992, he earned the Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, again with a printmaking emphasis, and a secondary emphasis in photography. Since then he has taught photography and graphic design at SIUE, and is now Department Chair and Head of Photography and Graphic Design at Fontbonne University. It was in graduate school that Mark became intensely interested in photography, both black and white and then photo-based printmaking. This evolved into alternative photographic processes, using them as a base for mixed-media work. Since 1988, he has exhibited in some 50 group shows, and has had about a dozen solo exhibits. Mark is currently represented by the Duane Reed Gallery in Saint Louis.