IV: Members Exhibition

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Filter Photo is pleased to present IV, our fourth annual Members exhibition, juried by Jonathan Blaustein, writer and contributor of A Photo Editor. 

Congratulations to the Juror's Choice artists:

Dave Jordano,  Mark Lipczynski, and Tanya Lunina

You can view more of their work on their individual artist pages.

Also, learn more about the Honorable Mentions chosen by Jonathan by visiting their websites:

Denis Gillingwater, Judith Levy, and Kathryn Rodrigues.

#2020 has been a year unlike any other. (You know it, and I know it.)  

The year has been dominated by isolation, and the sense that somehow, just when we can't take any more of this, the intensity ratchets up one more notch.  

Certainly, that's how I felt as I judged the extraordinary set of submissions for Filter Photo's 2020 Members Exhibition.  That there was so much quality is a testament to the membership, but so many of the submissions felt appropriate for now. (And there were too many strong portfolios to count.) My job, though, was to choose three sets of images to present to you.  Due to the pandemic, the exhibition is entirely online, but I still wanted to offer a coherent, taut view, based upon what I saw.  

In the end, there were really two groups of images that stood out, and each was its own cohesive mini-exhibition. It was hard to choose one over the other, as they're both so great.  But Dave Jordano, Tanya Lunina, and Mark Lipczynski each made razor-sharp, beautifully structured, color photographic series that offered a unique point of view, in the midst of the quiet, the loneliness, the ennui.  Each grouping felt like an epic, crammed into a short, visual poem. Cleveland, at night. Lake Michigan, flattened into the perspective of a Diebenkorn painting. Trains, whirring through the Wild West, a futuristic blur, thanks to a long shutter speed. 

The three artists receiving honorable mention, Denis Gillingwater, Judith Levy and Kathryn Rodrigues, created tense, emotional, constructed, black and white worlds that felt like they were born to critique our own, rather than existing outside of it.

In a different year, we'd have the chance to see all six artists' work on the walls of a gallery space.  We'd drink, and chat.  We'd laugh, and gesticulate.

But this is no other year.  It's #2020, and I think the photographs selected for this exhibition have just the right mood for the occasion.

Jonathan Blaustein


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



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Saturday | 12 pm - 4 pm

November 20 - December 12

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and The Fogelson Family Foundation.