Scenes from Nancy Newberry: Smoke Bombs and Border CrossingsBy Suzanne Zeller
Bright colors accented by deep shadows draw us in to a Western stage of Nancy Newberry’s creation, Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings. Influenced by her Italian heritage and her Texan roots, the photographs in the show function as a contemporary Spaghetti Western, investigating the spectacle at the core of the Wild West. With meticulous attention to costume and uniform, the director artfully stages scenes of archetypal characters - American cowboys, Mexican charros, and soldiers costumed in marching band uniforms. Newberry’s work investigates the artifice and the real, the mythologies and the histories, the actors and the stage.
Letitia Huckaby’s “Beautiful Blackness”By Geoffrey C. Koslov
Letitia Huckaby creates unique objects using photography printed onto non-traditional material. “Beautiful Blackness” includes several components that follow the tradition of visual storytelling. The work is a combination of people, land and tradition. Letitia is a deeply religious and thoughtful person. The materials on which she prints—flour sacks, sugar sacks, cotton fabric that is either sewn to create quilts or framed with vintage wood embroidery hoops, as well traditional prints—carry a history that connects past to present. Huckaby’s visual expression is a fine balance of who she is—a documentary photographer and artist.