Amid the hive of studios and galleries already cubbied in the Artand Design District of Kettner Boulevard, Jennifer DeCarlo will be celebrating the grandopening of the JDC Fine Art Gallery today, Friday, July 8. The opening show will feature art by contemporaryphotographers.
The artwork, a collection of photographs from aninternational variety of young artists, carries among its messages a theme of the weight of colonizationon cultures around the world. From sullen portraits of displaced Guatemalan nativesto seemingly staged images of America's underground Rockabilly culture, each piecedepicts a tale of something lost, shunned or abandoned by modern society. ---
“Everyone likes the happy endings, but they hardly remember them afterward,” DeCarlo said. “The art I'm displaying here shows that sad story withtruth that leaves the viewer longing. It has a darker shade of reality toit, something more than just a pretty face.”
DeCarlo's taste for more challenging, contemporary photography stems from her historyworking in the deeply intricate art scene of the Windy City. After receivingher Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, she movedto Chicago and spent three years as the assistant director for the SchneiderGallery, another edgy forum for contemporary photography. With the influence of her mentor, Martha Schneider, DeCarlo rooted relationships with a team of artists and developed ataste for the melancholy and unfiltered narratives of the world and its people. DeCarlo credits thelarger, more intricately niched art scene of Chicago for giving her the opportunityto tap into the distinctive focuses of some extremely talented individuals.
DeCarlo invested her career in the artists she supports. Whenshe moved to San Diego seven months ago, she brought with her the people andperspective that inspired her along the way.
One of the featured artists in the upcoming show, Jennifer Greenburg, is an American photographer who has been documenting the Rockabilly culture for thepast nine years. Her subjects live as though still in the 1950's, wearing 50'sfashion, driving vintage Bellaire's and listening to Carl Perkins. They do not merelyreenact the lifestyle, they are completely devoted to it. Greenburg's work documentsthis culture lost in time with the heavy narrative of candid portraiture.
Constructed Landscapeis the title of another series in the JDC Fine Arts gallery, composed byartist Kevin Malella to convey the destructive juxtaposition of man and nature. Malella embeds panoramic views ofnature with images of industrialism, such as smokestacks and factories, to heightentension and depict the fragility of the natural world.
“Each one of theseartists has something unique and relevant to show,” DeCarlo said. “I'm here formy artists and because of them, and I genuinely believe in their work.”
Meet Jennifer DeCarlo at the grand opening of the JDC Fine Arts Gallery Fridayduring Kettner Nights, or stop by DeCarlo's booth at Art San Diego, the city'scontemporary art fair, from Sept. 1 through Sept. 4.