"In both bodies of work, Deeman seeks to create a “modern-day narrative” for a group of people whose images aren’t readily found in classical portraiture or photography."Read More
Brown, premiers at Anthony Meier Fine Arts - March 23rd - April 28 2017. Opening Thursday 23rd March, 6-8pmRead More
Silhouettes opening at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on Wednesday 8th March 2017.Read More
Never underestimate the power of the portrait. Notions of nobility, trustworthiness to name a few are sown deep in our evaluations and assumptions based on the face.Read More
"I believe we are at an important time politically where tough questions are being asked about how both people of color and women are treated and depicted."Read More
One moment Erica Deeman was an intern at Pier 24 Photography. The next, she was a featured artist there, her portraits of women from the African diaspora shown in their own gallery between ones dedicated to famous photographers Robert Frank and William Eggleston.
Photo credit: Gabrielle Lurie, SF Chronicle
I'm excited to announce that Silhouettes will feature in the new show Collected at Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco. The show is free and by appointment only, visit http://pier24.org/visit/ to make a reservation. The show is open from 2nd May 2016 - 31st January 2017.
Collected—the eighth exhibition at Pier 24 Photography—brings together photographs from the Pilara Foundation and other Bay Area collections. Nine collectors were invited to select works from their holdings that reflect their interests in the medium. The exhibition thus offers a lens on various collecting approaches, with some collectors focusing on the work of particular artists or on specific art historical movements or themes, and others developing their own criteria, whether deliberately or unconsciously. Spanning the last hundred years of the medium, the selections on view here reflect each collector’s strong understanding of photography while also highlighting the singular sensibilities guiding the deeply personal act of collecting. Yet for all their variety, the assembled photographs also reveal the shared traits that unite all passionate collectors: curiosity and discipline paired with rigorous study and close looking.
There is still time to see my print back in the UK and Republic of Ireland as part of The Royal Photographic Society International Print Competition 158.
May 11th - June 22nd Municipal Gallery, Library and Cultural Centre, Co.Dublin,
Republic of Ireland.
June 30th - August 19th University of Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
If you hadn't noticed recently, there's an art buzz going on in the city of San Francisco. SFMOMA is reopening after a closure of almost 3 years, we have new branches of Gagosian and Pace, plus a pop up space for Fraenkel Gallery: FraenkelLAB. Let's also not forget the new show coming in May to the largest space dedicated to photography on the west coast, Pier 24 Photography . Phew, there must be something in the water!
There is one other space making the headlines and that is Minnesota Street Project. To stem the hemorrhage of artists and galleries leaving the city due to sky rocketing rents, entrepreneurs and collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport were inspired to "create a space driven by the couple's belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model—one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole." This exciting space opened on 18th March 2016 - with over 4,000 people attending or at least trying to attend!
In January, the project sent out a call for artists. Applications were for long term studio space - 30 designated studios across the street from the gallery space. With over 300 applications, they shortlisted 65 artists for studio visits. I found out at the beginning of March that I have been selected as one of the 30 charted artists in the space! This will be my first artist studio! It is also great moment for the artist community, mine and the greater one of San Francisco. I am honored to sit with some wonderful peers. I cannot wait to get in there!
The full list of artists can be found here http://minnesotastreetproject.com/studios
Something for the diary beginning Thursday 4th February, a 3 part lecture series exploring the history of the African Diaspora in Photography. It is hosted at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and lead by California College of the Arts Professor Makeda Best.
The first lecture will be investigating portraiture. Right up my street. Discussions will introduce audiences to key African American photographers, photographers of the African diaspora, and their work. Discussion will be encouraged along with bibliography and a chance to explore more post lecture. This is a great opportunity to gain both an understanding of the history of African American photography and photography of the African diaspora, and a general introduction to the history of photography. Very exciting!
Thanks to Working Artists Org for awarding me their Photography Award for November 2015.
The award is a monthly award of $1,000 and is one time only. One of the greatest moments for me is the reward of sharing my work to a greater audience and having people connect with it so positively!
Working Artist is a project founded by Jesse Ross. Through travel and working and living as an artist his experiences have channelled his energies into not only his own work but the furthering of others work. The Org. in Working Artist Org is the network of all the people who have supported him on his journey including other artists he has met and shared time with to further the venture.
Visit workingartists.org !
My first showcase online feature is up and running at Photoworks UK. I submitted to the Call for Entries for their upcoming Annual: Women. The team contacted me wanting to showcase the work online.
Based in Brighton, Photoworks provides new thoughts and engagement with photography and it's place within contemporary culture. They also publish books, offer learning projects and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial - the largest curated international festival in the UK. Thanks again for featuring the work.
So excited to have been selected for the The Royal Photographic Society's International Print Exhibition 158. This is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1854. The 158th Exhibition will begin touring from October, opening in London at The Old Truman Brewery.
I made it though an excellent selection panel which included:
Richard Billingham, Photographer and Professor of Fine Art
Louise Clements, Co-founder / Artistic Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival and Artistic Director of QUAD, Derby
Bridget Coaker, Picture editor at the Guardian, Writer and Curator
Dewi Lewis HonFRPS, Publisher and Curator
Simon Roberts HonFRPS, Photographer
Roy Robertson HonFRPS, President of The Society.
I don't want to share the print! I want it to be a surprise!
If you happen to be in the UK - there's a few spots to see my print:
9 - 13 Oct Old Truman Brewery, London (Private View 8 October, 6pm - 9pm) The exhibition is part of the Photomonth East London International Photography Festival (1 October - 30 November 2015)
15 Oct - 12 Nov Royal Albert Hall, London. The exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the following free open days: Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25 October (10am - 4pm)
28 Nov - 30 Jan 2016 Aberystwyth Arts Centre
16 Feb - 23 Mar The Hive, Worcester
2 - 30 April Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
The competition for the 2015 exhibition closed on 1 June and nearly 5,000 images were submitted online. 100 prints were selected for the touring exhibition!
So chuffed to have been selected for the SF Camerawork 2015 Annual Juried Exhibition, Heat. The show was on view from July 23 - August 22, 2015 at SF Camerwork - located on 1101 Market Street between 6th and 7th Street in San Francisco .
The exhibition responding to the concept of heat: the social, political, and climactic conflicts arising in rapidly changing environments.
I was with some outstanding artists including: Hannah Smith Allen, David Butow, Christopher Colville, Sean Deckert, Hiroyo Kaneko, Andrea Laue, Jennifer Little, Takeshi Moro, Camilo Ramirez, Larry Schwarm, and Daniel Tchetchik. Artists with work featured on the interactive digital monitors provided by Daylighted are: Daniel Farnum, Preston Gannaway, Millicent Harvey, Mandy Kendall, Barbara Kyne, Vanessa Marsh, Nick Meyer, Lee Nelson, Maria Daniela Quiros, Txomin Txueka, Andrew MK Warren, and Qian Zhao.
The stella jury for this exhibition was Jim Casper, Editor and Publisher, LensCulture; Pete Brook, Writer and Curator, Founder: Prison Photography; Seth Curcio, Associate Director, Pier 24; Janet Delaney, Artist and Educator; and Heather Snider, Executive Director, SF Camerawork.