Opening on September 20th, the Hudgens Center for the Arts will present “Lucinda Bunnen: Selected Works,”# a photography exhibit featuring work by the Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen.# The exhibit will showcase over 60 photographs from her two current bodies of work, “H2O All About Water” and “Mexico.”# “We are very fortunate to have the chance to exhibit works by such a well-known and well-respected artist,”# stated Angela Nichols, Programming and Education Director at the Hudgens, “her works are fascinating in the way that she takes a closer look at ordinary things others may just pass by, and sees the extraordinary in them.”#
In an artist”s statement, Bunnen explains that she will “often let go of my preconceptions and let chance and intuition take over.# Being stuck with what you know often keeps you from seeing what you don”t know.# With no premeditation, spontaneity can take over, which is the keystone of my best work.”
Bunnen”s work has been featured in several books and can be found in numerous public collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia; The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.; and more.
For the “H2O All About Water” series, Bunnen focused her keen eye and artist”s perceptions on a pond that others perceived as “sick,” and discovered a wealth of beauty.# She says she, “tried to keep my mind and eye open to things I didn”t recognize and allow the camera and lens to show me things I hadn”t seen. – The landscape of the dead lotus plants opened up chance sightings and invited new discoveries every time I redirected my camera.# I was distracted from the original purpose of the plants and the pond, and was simply focused on the abstract images that were being revealed to me.”#
Similarly, in the “Mexico” series, Bunnen turned her eye and open mind to the colorful exteriors of buildings in that country and unveils the abstract beauty of their surfaces.# She states, “When travelling, I work with a handheld camera and have it in my hand all the time.# It becomes an extension of my eye and as I am so curious, especially in a foreign country, I am always looking all the time. – Mexico is so colorful that I knew my old form of photography in black and white wouldn”t do, as I was very taken by the color.”## Works in this series were taken when Bunnen was travelling in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico in March of 2005 and Patzcurao, Michoacan, Mexico in April of 2010.
Bunnen will give an Artist”s Lecture on Tuesday, October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the gallery, where she plans to discuss the two series of works on view.
Two additional photography exhibits will open on October 11, creating a collective set of exhibits entitled, “The Master, The Teachers, and The Students – Photography Today,”# at the Hudgens.# There will be a Reception for all three exhibits on Thursday, October 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.# The exhibits will close on Saturday, November 19.
“The Teachers,”# will feature works by Gwinnett County art teachers, Alexandra Kates, Becky Raffalovich and Dr. Bruce Bowman.# This three-man educational exhibit will showcase alternative photographic processes, including pinhole photography, cyanotype (cyan blue) printing, and the early photographic printing process known as Van Dyke Brown. “We have been working with these three artists and educators for the past three years to plan and implement the annual Shuttersense and Non-sense photography exhibit.# This exhibit of their own works gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to them for the great work that they do for the community and their students,”# explained Nichols.
“The Students”# is an exhibit of the 7th Annual Shuttersense and Non-sense photography competition.# A “lightly juried” exhibit, this annual competition is open to Gwinnett County student photographers in both public and private schools.# Nichols commented, “We have been very impressed each year, both by the quality of work and by the creativity expressed by these young students, and feel that this is an exhibit of some of the best and brightest that Gwinnett has to offer.# We”re sure that we”ll be seeing some of these photographers again in the future.”#
“The Master, The Teachers, and The Students – Photography Today,”# featuring Bunnen as the master, is presented in collaboration with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival this October, which features over 150 exhibits and events in the Atlanta area.# For more information about ACP, please visit www.acpinfo.org.
About The Hudgens
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981.# The Hudgens presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School.# It supports local community-based arts organizations through its programs, exhibits and partnerships.# The Hudgens” mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex.# For more information about art exhibits, events and classes at the Hudgens, please visit the website at www.thehudgens.org or call 770-623-6002.