Fellowship 14: Projects by Donna J. Wan and Aaron MacLachlan, this year’s international photography competition winners, will be on view from January 31 – March 22, 2014. Now in its 14th year, Fellowship identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s judge was Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
International Award winner Donna J. Wan (San Francisco Bay Area) showcases works from her series In the Landscape, which concerns itself with people’s interactions with nature via vast, stunning landscapes. “Witnessing the human race as presented through Donna Wan’s lens is liberating,” states Benedict-Jones. “The men and women we witness in the forest, at the gorge, by the river, and elsewhere, are dwarfed by nature as they assume their rightful place in the universe. With their backs turned to us, and their faces barely visible, these people become placeholders for you, and for me.”
Keystone Award winner Aaron MacLachlan (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases Solipsism Postulate, which features diptychs from his experiments with digital technology and Google’s “Search by Image” feature. “The willingness on the part of MacLachlan to allow a machine to curate partners for his images illustrates a contemporary twist in the art-making process, one that has parallels in music, sculpture, painting, and more,” states Benedict-Jones. “The comparisons fascinate, yet leave us wondering what may come next. They almost beg the question: Can we imagine a shift from ‘everyone is a curator’ to ‘curators need not apply’?”
The exhibition also includes one photograph from each of our five Judge’s Commendations: Victoria Crayhon (Providence, RI, USA); Johanne Seines Svendsen (Gimsøysand, Norway); Kevin Sweeney (Austin, TX, USA); Christian Werner (Nordstemmen, Lower Saxony, Germany); and Yoong Alex Wong (Istanbul, Turkey).
About the Fellowship 14 Winners
Donna J. Wan is the International Award winner for her series In the Landscape. Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in New York, Wan now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008, and her Masters and BA in Economics with honors, distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1999.
Wan has been featured in solo exhibitions for her series In the Landscape at PHOTO Gallery (Oakland, CA) and Gallery 1401 (Philadelphia, PA), and her series WaterLand at CarteBlanche Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Her work has also been seen in numerous group shows at museums and galleries across the United States, including THE CENTER (Santa Fe, NM); Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA); RISD Museum of Art (Providence, RI); SF Camerawork (San Francisco, CA); Photo Center NW (Seattle, WA); and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). In 2013, Wan was awarded the CENTER Gallerist’s Choice award (Santa Fe, NM) and, in 2012, she was awarded a scholarship grant by the Lucie Foundation/APA (Los Angeles, CA). For more information on the photographer, please visit www.donnajwan.com.
Aaron MacLachlan is the Keystone Award winner for his series Solipsism Postulate. MacLachlan received his BA in Photography from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Although new to the world of exhibiting his work, MacLachlan has experience as a photographer’s field assistant, performance photographer, videographer, and documentary filmmaker. MacLachlan has shown in group shows, including “Tic Tac Toe,” Amo Studios (Brooklyn, NY) and at the Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery (Glasgow, Scotland), as well as a number of shows at Sarah Lawrence College.
Photo Credits (left to right): Donna J. Wan, At the Airstrip, 2009-2013. Courtesy of the artist. Aaron MacLachlan, Flax, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.