Category Archives: Solo Shows

In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

In Your Face #02331 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 6/7 – 7/1/2017.
Reception: Tuesday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm.

Gallery-wide show on the theme of New York City people. My show, ‘In Your Face’, are images shot with me walking nearly head-on into my subjects as they approach me. Find me in the upstairs left-hand gallery.

Also exhibiting are Norman Borden, Neil Lawner, Carol Julien, and Anthony Almeida… Come join us for this fun show.

Artist Statement: “The energy of the city, the density of crowds, is what inspires my various ‘people walking’ photographs. For this series, I am in motion as well as my subjects. I am as much as I dare walking head-on into my subjects as they approach me. I use a normal or slightly wide-angle lens, so I am only several feet away from my subjects at the “moment of impact”. For some reason I find this exhilarating, maybe because I am by nature a shy person; this is not something I would have been bold enough to do in my younger years.

It is no accident that I mostly shoot these pictures in Times Square or on Canal Street… as these are amongst the most pedestrian dense areas of the city. Crossing intersections is the most fruitful, as people are (rightfully) focusing on getting to the other side and maybe not so focused on their cell phones (or on the strange woman coming towards them). I am responding to people as moving shapes, as abstractions. I may be capturing the liveliness of humanity, but I do not want any picture to be “about the person”. I want my people to be anonymous and to represent us all. So if anyone were to stop me, I’d explain that the picture I just took of them really isn’t about them at all.”

Also posted in 2017, News

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Street Abstraction #04733 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 1/3 – 2/3/2018.
Reception: Tuesday, January 2, 6 – 8 pm.

I began taking pictures of the ground in the winter of 2015, when it snowed and was icy often. Meaning I was looking down a lot so as not to fall. I’ve continued this series more recently on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto); this show is of the images is what started me on this path.

Artist Statement: “‘Street Abstractions’ is a series of images of abstract shapes I find on the sidewalks and streets of New York, mostly from the neighborhood where I live. Often created by leaks from garbage bags left at the curb or dropped liquids, residue of winter street salt and the like, most people would see only ugliness… if they notice at all. I like to find beauty in such unexpected places.

The look of an abstract painting is what I’m trying to evoke. I do beef up the color and contrast and do other enhancements of the digital image, but the shapes are as I found them, framed to make an strong design. They vary as to the degree to which they have identifiable details, but it is the abstract graphic quality I’m looking for in these images.

I live in the East, and though the neighborhood is getting more gentrified (and destroyed) by the second… it is still not the cleanest of neighborhoods. I have found this to be of great benefit to me, as there is always something new to find spilled, dropped, or dragged on the sidewalks in just in the handful of blocks I typically wander.”

Also posted in 2018, News

Point of View (Looking Narrowly): April 6 – 30, 2016

Point of View (Looking Narrowly): April 6-30, 2016

 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 4/6 – 4/30/2016.
Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6 – 8 pm.

Gallery-wide show on the theme of photographers’ choice of different visual points of view. Each of the solo shows in the gallery record interesting visual qualities found in the mundane, commonplace world around us, when seen from a specific, physical point of view.

Included are ‘Looking Down’, ‘Looking Up’, ‘Looking Closely’, ‘Looking Through’.. and my exhibit, ‘Looking Narrowly’ (Bay #3). Come join us for this unique show.


With photographers Wayne Parsons and Ron Meisel at the opening.

 Susan Bowen

Artist Statement: “I have done several sets of “People Walking” series with varying points of view. This group of images show very fragmented bits of people (and dogs), and the ground for the first time plays an important role. What is missing from the frame is as important, or more so, than what has been included. Bodies are moving in and out of the picture; where the people are going and why remains a mystery. But wherever they are headed, they move with purpose and at that fast pace for which New Yorkers are known.

These images foreshadow my later ground-oriented pictures (where I remove the human element entirely); I see these photos as a hybrid of the two bodies of work. The walking pictures are all about motion, the ground pictures are about moving slowly and paying attention. These “Looking Narrowly” images have a little of both, pulling the viewer in all sorts of directions.”

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Also posted in 2016, News

People Walking Reception: May 6, 2014

Reception for Solo Show: People Walking

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 5/7-5/31/2014. Reception: May 6, 6 – 8 pm.

Here are some photos from the opening. Thanks to Paul Stetzer and Norman Borden for these great pics!

Paul Stetzer

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Above 5 Photos by Paul Stetzer, © 2014.


 Norman Borden

Norman Borden
Above 2 Photos by Norman Borden, © 2014.



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Also posted in 2014

SOLO SHOW: People Walking, Soho Photo Gallery: May 7 – 31, 2014

Solo Show: People Walking

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 5/7-5/31/2014. Reception: Tuesday, May 6, 6 – 8 pm [10 black and white images from the People Walking Series]

“My work is always about motion; these images are part of an ongoing series on the topic of People Walking. Shot at various busy street corners in New York City, I like to record the swirl of activity around me. The vantage point is low; I am often sitting on the ground with a small tripod and rapidly capturing people as they walk by.”


Also posted in 2014

Streets of Cuba, Soho Photo Gallery: October 3 – November 3, 2012

Streets of Cuba

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 10/3-11/3/2012. SOLO SHOW: Images from last year’s trip to Cuba. [15 pieces from the Cuba 2011 series]

Press Release

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Postcard

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Also posted in 2012

Rippled Realities, Valdosta State University Gallery: October 17 – November 4, 2011

Rippled Realities

Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson, Fine Arts Building, Valdosta, GA. 10/17-11/4/2011. SOLO SHOW: 26 framed pieces, 9 large scale works. [36 pieces]

Installation View

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Exhibit Opening

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Press Release

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Also posted in 2011

Bulldozers and Bridges, Soho Photo Gallery: September 4 – October 4, 2008

Bulldozers and Bridges (Minnesota DOT)

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 9/4-10/4/2008. SOLO SHOW. [14 pieces from the Minnesota DOT series]

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Postcard

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Also posted in 2008

In the Ring, Safe-T-Gallery: September 27 – October 27, 2007

In the Ring

Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front St., Suite 214, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. 9/27-10/27/2007.
SOLO SHOW.

Installation View

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Photo by Etienne Frossard


Photo installation: Imagery of Gleason’s Gym circling the room and a 7′ diameter hanging ring (98 running feet of imagery in all). Exhibit was part of the Dumbo Arts Festival, Sept. 28 – 30. [8 pieces from the Gleasons Gym series]

Exhibition in a gallery in the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY in September 2007. Images of famous Gleason’s Gym, located near the gallery. Pictures of people sparring and working out at the gym. Displayed on a circular construction and around the perimeter of the room.

Gallery Exhibition Page

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Also posted in 2007

Midwest Meanderings, Soho Photo Gallery: November 7 – December 2, 2006

Midwest Meanderings

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 11/7-12/2/2006. SOLO SHOW. [14 pieces from the Houston, Iowa, and Indiana series]

Postcard

Featuring image: J&N Feed Supply


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From the Press Release

Susan Bowen’s show, Midwest Meanderings, is a rural-themed exhibit of overlapping multiple exposure photographs. Bowen, who lives in Brooklyn, took these pictures primarily on back roads in Iowa and Indiana. She says, “My pictures draw the viewer into a world of unexpected and unclear juxtapositions.” The multiple exposures prove a revelation not only to the viewer but also to the photographer herself, since the overlapping imagery is created while photographing, not in the studio after the fact. The thrill of the unknown is a defining aspect of Bowen’s work. Since 2002, Bowen has had 12 solo/two-person shows and has been in 84 group exhibitions. Midwest Meanderings includes 14 works, sized 1’x3′. Website: www.susanbowenphoto.com.

Also posted in 2006