Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hal Gould :A Retrospective - Show at The RedLine Denver

Hal Gould: A Retrospective and Places Like Us,
a contemporary photography show ( Shown concurrently ) Click Here for the invite Feb 19th-March 28thReception: Thursday Feb 19th from 6-9pmMember's preview Feb 19th from 5-6pm

RedLine, an urban laboratory dedicated to supporting the Denver artist community, hosts a major retrospective of the work of pioneer photographer Hal Gould. Gould, now in his 90th year, has been a practicing photographer for more than 60 years and is the owner/operator of Denver’s celebrated Camera Obscura Gallery. The exhibition will feature more than 70 portraits, landscapes, and abstractions taken by Gould over the course of his remarkable career.

Also included are images made by Gould at one of Denver’s earliest commercial studios, The House of Photography. In recognition of his importance to Denver as a presenter and advocate of photography, the exhibition will feature a display of works by many of Camera Obscura’s most notable photographers. A biographical video about Gould produced by RedLine artist-in-residence Rori Knudston will also be shown. Hal Gould’s career as a fine art and commercial photographer is remarkable in its scope and influence. Dedicated to employing meticulous composition, perfect light, and advanced darkroom techniques, his belief in the fine print adheres to that of Ansel Adams, who once famously said that “the negative is the score and the print is the performance.” Gould’s career as an advocate of other people’s work dates back to 1963, when he and several others opened the Colorado Photographic Art Center, a non-profit organization that is still active in Denver. In 1980 he opened his own commercial space, The Camera Obscura Gallery. Since then he has presented more than 300 shows, introducing some of the world’s most celebrated photographers to Denver.

In the adjoining Community Gallery, “Places Like Us” – an exhibition of contemporary photography from Colorado and beyond – presents works by four contemporary photographers who share much of Gould’s subject matter. Landscape, people, and environment are interpreted in distinct yet complimentary styles, sharing a focus on beauty but diverging as the contemporary artists address environmental concerns.Both exhibitions are curated by Rupert Jenkins. Jenkins is an independent curator living in Denver, CO, where he also works as editor for the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery.

The Byers-Evans House Gallery will host a companion exhibition entitled “Hal Gould: His Vision of the West.”. This exhibit will be shown February 6 – March 31, 2009. The Byers-Evans House Gallery is located at 1310 Bannock Street. Hours are 11 am - 3pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
Information listed with permission of Sara A. Chaitin, RedLine Program Manager

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