Debuting this Thursday night at Pace MacGill is a show of new, unseen, large-scale color work by famed portraitist, Judith Joy Ross. This is the 1st time she has worked in 8x10 color and with mural-size prints. Decide for yourself how her intimate, felt work changes in its new form. One of the topics she is photographing continues to be protest. Rather than the local Pennsylvania anti-war protesters she photographed in her small, accessible booklet, "Protest The War", the subjects are environmental activists, who are speaking out about the dangerous practice of fracking to drill for natural gas in her area.
From the press release: "Although Ross's images record current events, they are not photojournalistic; and while her subjects may possess distinct political and ecological views, the pictures are not dogmatic. Rather, they are quiet meditations on the potentially disastrous consequences of environmental interaction, proposing a meaningful re-evaluation of our relationship with the earth and humanity at large." The second series presented is "Reading to Dogs," a group of pictures that explores "the unique bonds formed between humans and animals. Reading to dogs, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem, PA, 2011, for example, subtly observes a nationwide program that encourages the uninhibited development of children’s literacy skills by reading to registered therapy dogs and their handlers."
Judith Joy Ross: The Devil Today and Reading to Dogs, on view December 8, 2011 through January 28, 2012, opening reception this Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm