In this exhibition Arnold Trachtman continues his investigation into the memories of growing up in Lynn, MA. One finds in these works a reflection of the familiar and the family, steeped in deep recollection of their environments. The artist is well known for his works centering on subjects of social consciousness; those that deal directly with the Reagan Administration and the Holocaust, etc. In the works of his upcoming exhibition at Galatea Fine Art we find an inner reflection of the artist’s roots; memories of what shapes the content of his early forming consciousness and direction of thought. Social awareness is translated in terms of personal sojourn and the memoirs of those he holds righteously sacred.
“Corn has been a staple in American society. From the time that the first colonists had landed on the soil of the New World, we looked to the American Indians, who graciously taught us to plant and grow this foreign crop. Corn became a method of sustenance as well as livelihood. The concept of ownership was not known in Indian culture, so the use of the land was freely given. Yet, how have we repaid those that initially helped us survive? Currently, we have taken the farming of corn and run with it to the extent that it penetrates all aspects of our everyday life. From food, to plastics, to ethanol- everything is corn. The land is being devastated by the over farming and the demand for corn in everything we use. The dependence is becoming evident the more draughts rip through our nation.
Mirroring the underlying American Indian history, the This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land series is infused with patterns of Seminole Indian textiles, while present day and historical images break through, blending into a new patchwork. In a time where the economy is a critical issue, is progress becoming paramount over preservation? How are we going to survive when we have turned the ownership of land over to the free market and industry?” – Stephanie Angelo
“This exhibit is about Street Photography. And what is Street Photography? It depends who you ask, to some extent. But if you ask ME I would answer that street photography is almost anything that is not done in a studio. My personal view of street photography takes me to (mostly) outdoor locations where I can observe my surroundings and the people that inhabit those surroundings at the moment. My photographs may be of people or they may be urban landscapes. I get great enjoyment out of doing street portraits, as it allows me the chance to talk with my subjects for a while. Or not. Sometimes potential subjects do not take kindly to being photographed. It’s all part of the grand experience of shooting on the streets.” – Ed Friedman