Monday, January 11, 2010

Jennifer Bisbing... "Lenswork"

Last week, I received an invitation to an upcoming exhibition at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s new, “Coalition Gallery”. The gallery is a new cooperative space, which represents twenty-one member artists who were juried into the gallery for a one-year period. The gallery opened a few months back but I haven’t had an opportunity to visit. Now I have a reason…

Curator, Susan Aurinko is presenting work by Jennifer Bisbing in a three-person exhibition titled “Lenswork”. I have exhibited this talented photographer in the past, so I look forward to experiencing her new work. Her imagery is intriguing because she sees her subjects as elements… line, shape, form… and presents them as wonderful graphic compositions playing with tension and balance. She leads us around the picture plane, exploring crisp edges made crisper by the presence of soft areas. The elements are brought together to imply a surreal environment—but yet—not so far removed from reality.

“Lenswork” combines the talents of photographers Jennifer Bisbing with Julian Gordon and Michael E. Smith. The show opens on January 22 with a reception from 5:30-8:30. The exhibition continues through February 20th. The Coalition Gallery is located at 2010 W. Pierce Street in Chicago just one block south of Damen, Milwaukee and North.


  1. her work is incredible .
    and should have more spaces as this gallery !!

  2. beautiful work. Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. thank you for the kind and lovely review. hope to see you at the opening!

  4. I shall certainly go to see this, and not only because the gallery is just two blocks north of my studio.

  5. Unfortunately the artist compares her work to Robert Frank in her press and on her website. While her work is very pretty, it doesn't have anything to do with his. He is an Amerian master, with very pointed work, hardly Breezy and soft-focus. He didn't shoot landscapes either. I wish artists would be more consciientious with their history.