Frank Hamrick

Art Talk Monday: Parallax at the Enterprise

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Frank Hamrick, Associate Professor and Photography Program Coordinator from Louisiana Tech University's School of Art. While the opening reception has passed, the exhibition will be on display until May 17. Be sure to stop by and see the work.

Parallax: The 2013 BFA Photography Exhibition 

artwork by Martin Graham Meyers

Parallax can be defined as an apparent change in the position of an object, caused by a change in point of view. Photography is a powerful tool for individuals to express their perspectives on the issues affecting them. There is rarely one way to solve a problem or address a subject. The photography students here at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art spend their final year producing a single body of personal work. It is exciting to see the various paths these artists take to express their points of view when given the freedom to choose their own projects.

 

Parallax showcases ten photo-based artists who make images to address important issues such as: community, relationships, family and home. These photographers are sharing the wisdom they have learned from their experiences, as well as those before them. I look forward to seeing what these artists add upon the foundation they built during their time here in the School of Art.

Frank Hamrick, Associate Professor

Photography Program Coordinator

Louisiana Tech University School of Art

 

Parallax: The 2013 BFA Photography Exhibition

April 26th – May 17th

 

The Enterprise Center

509 West Alabama Ave

Ruston, LA 71270

 

 

Featuring:

artwork by Keri Keener

Destiny Black

Yvette Brion

Jessica Bryan

Em J Cruz

Laura Guidry

Gary Guinigundo

Keri Keener

Martin Meyers

Rhyan Emery Taylor

Jess Van Alstyne

 

For more information call 318-257-3890 or e-mail dorene@latech.edu

NCLAC Member Frank Hamrick releases handmade book "Letter Never Sent"

 "Letter Never Sent" is Frank Hamrick's latest handmade book. 

Front Cover

Text from the book:

Some of the photographs in this book were made in Georgia and Louisiana, but most were made in Florida while helping Charlotte Lee develop film her father, Bud, exposed but never processed. Thanks for posing, Charlotte. Macon York helped identify the wooden letterpress type Jay Gould brought down from Minnesota. Jim Sherraden at Hatch Show Print has provided much guidance in person and over the phone. Thanks, Betsy Williamson, for encouraging me to make this book.

On the back cover of the book is this line from the letter, "Do you remember the trees we cut Charlottes Chairdown for fires we never burned?"
This first hardcover edition of Letter Never Sent is limited to 25 copies. A soft cover edition of 12 copies and 1 artist's proof preceded this hardcover edition. The images and text are inkjet and Laserjet printed on 50lb., double-sided, matte, Red River paper. Ruben is the title's typeface. The covers are cotton rag paper handmade at the University of Georgia's Green Street Press. The cover text was printed on an etching press at Louisiana Tech University using a polymer plate produced by Boxcar Press.

http://www.frankhamrick.com/photography/books_prints/Pages/letter_never_sent.html

Purchasing Details

“Letter Never Sent”, can be bought online at:
Or checks can be sent to:
Frank Hamrick
PO Box 3175
Ruston, LA 71272
“Letter Never Sent” hardback, first edition is $60.00 plus $5.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
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Frank Hamrick Announce's Book Release for "Harvest"

About the Book

The first hardback edition of the handmade book "Harvest" is limited to twenty-five copies and is available in blue, green or purple. Twelve images are inkjet printed and the text is LaserJet printed on 50lb., double-sided, matte, Red River paper. The covers and end sheets are cotton rag paper handmade at Green Street Press at the University of Georgia. The cover imagery was printed on an etching press using a polymer plate produced by Boxcar Press. The book measures approximately 7 3/8” x 7 3/8” and has a total of twenty pages. An edition of twenty-five softcover copies were produced, but are no longer available. 
The photographs were made in Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee and Italy and are selections from the series "Hideaway", "On The Mountainside", "House to Home" and "A Nice Place To Visit". Portions of the text have previously appeared in the one of a kind books "Passing" and "The Wallet Book". 
All the images and text from "Harvest" can be previewed here.

Hamrick's Artist Statement

I grew a garden for three summers when I lived in Athens, Georgia. The first garden generated a small plot of potatoes about the size of a double bed. The next year I grew more potatoes while adding turnips, collards, peppers and watermelons. Tailgaters stole the peppers and melons on game day as caterpillars progressively ate their way through the turnips and collards I failed to consume myself or trade for fried chicken with the soul food restaurant in front of my house. The garden grew bigger and more plentiful each year. The soil became rich from continually mulching in the giant tea bags I got everyday at closing time from the restaurant. The grocery co-op in town had sunflower seeds for sale the third summer. Many of these flowers became a deep red I had never seen before. Their stalks grew ten feet tall before falling over in the wind. 
The constant success of my potatoes inspired me to plant other underground foods, including carrots. It was a busy spring and I never thinned the rows. During the harvest I discovered two carrots firmly wrapped around one another. I washed them off, made a quick snapshot and gave them as a present that night to the girl I was dating at the time. I have tried since then to grow more intertwined carrots to photograph, but have not been able to come close to the success I had with that original garden in Athens
One summer I photographed dozens of tree roots on the bank of a creek. I thought about how people stay in an area when it provides something they need, but move on when things dry up. I bounced back and forth between New Mexico and Georgia for years after leaving my full time job in Athens. I was never in one place long enough to plant and harvest a garden. My wandering went on to include Italy and Maine before reaching my current residence in Louisiana. It is only during the past few summers that again I have been able to harvest potatoes and carrots and other plants that grow down into the ground. 
Several of my garden images challenge conventional notions of beauty. A plant blown down in a storm that has the perseverance to grow back up again is more beautiful to me than one that grows straight, yet lacks character. Some of my photographs are constructed images where I consciously decide what to discard and what to keep. Other images are simply my documentation of what I see as being notable, whether it is good, bad or something I realize is impermanent and will be seen by others only if I take the time to save it in the small way I can. 
The pieces I make have particular meaning to me, but I understand other people will see them in their own way. My photographs are not necessarily created to illustrate or provide answers. If anything, I would like for my images to generate more questions. I do not see them as endpoints, but rather starting places where I give the viewer ideas to ponder and allow room for their imagination to create the rest of the story.

Purchasing Details

"Harvest", can be bought online at:
Or checks can be sent to:
Frank Hamrick
PO Box 3175
"Harvest" hardback, first edition is $60.00 plus $5.00 for shipping in the U.S. Please list your preferences concerning the book's cover: blue, green or purple.
For More info, visit:
frankhamrick.com
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