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Silver Eye Center for Photography is pleased to announce that 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. An opening reception takes place on Friday, January 31, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 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).

 

Learn more about the two winners and our five commendations by clicking a link below:

 

 

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.