At Sea in Feature Shoot

Still, at a time when the future of our oceans is uncertain, At Sea avoids sentimentality. This show isn’t so nostalgic as it is mysterious...These pictures take us far from home– at times, they might even frighten us– and in the end, that’s what draws us to them. See At Sea at Panopticon Gallery through October 31st, 2017.

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"At Sea" Reviewed by Elin Spring

With work as varied as the sea itself, the artists in this exhibit capture its moody changeability, from serene calm to portent turbulence. Amy Friend’s spaciously composed seascapes recall languid summer afternoons at the beach, our hazy dreams conjured in her frothy, hand-painted surf. Diana H. Bloomfield’s delicately layered tri-color gum bichromate prints achieve a nostalgic palette and texture in her tranquil, fluid meditations.

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"At Sea" in Improper Bostonian

The oldest photography gallery in the city sails into a new chapter with At Sea, Panopticon’s first show under a new director and owner since temporarily closing its Hotel Commonwealth doors in April.

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Diana H. Bloomfield and "At Sea" on The Southern Photographer

"Kat Kiernan, formerly owner of a photography gallery in Lexington, VA, and still editor of the magazine Don’t Take Pictures, has now become Director of Panopticon Gallery, on Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston, MA. Her first show as Director of the Gallery is a group show entitled At Sea.

Among the work included in this show is a set of tricolor gum prints by Raleigh-based photographer Diana H. Bloomfield."

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Rob McLennan Interviews Andrew Seguin

"The appeal, I think, is in letting go of language when I’m working photographically, and having a purely visual vocabulary to employ. And my photographic work, because I work in a way that requires preparing paper and brushing on sensitizer, has an element of the hand in it, which carries an immensely pleasurable and meaningful feel that does not exist when writing. I think each genre affords me space from the other, and also lessons about the other."

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Amy Friend in VQR

Amy Friend's photographs accompany Emily Eakin's essay "Lord of the WASPs: Life On an Island Utopia" in the Summer 2017 issue of VQR, a national journal of literature and discussion.

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Gallery News: Kat Kiernan Appointed Director

We are excited to announce Kat Kiernan as the gallery's Director. As the former Owner and Director of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia, she has produced dozens of exhibitions. Prior to joining Panopticon, Kat was the Assistant Director of Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City.

Kat's writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). In 2013, she founded the photography publication Don't Take Pictures, which she continues to publish. She received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Kat has reviewed portfolios at festivals including Photolucida, Filter Photo, and PhotoNOLA, and lectured on photography at various institutions. Kat divides her time between Boston and New York City.

Amy Friend on Lenscratch

"Amy Friend has a long practice of using vernacular photographs as a way to create art. Her unique approach to photography has garnered her placement in the Critical Mass Top 50 for three years in a row resulting in a monograph of her Dare alla Luce series."

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