The Ro2 Art Fourth Annual Photography Show, titled 5 Photographers, is on display now through Aug. 28 at the Gallery at Visit Addison! The show will feature work by Chris Bramel, Tuba Koymen, Tammy McNary, Adam Neese and Byrd Williams IV.
Bramel earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts, with a concentration in photography, at Texas Christian University. He also just completed a 10,000-mile trek across the Western U.S., visiting 12 states, 11 national parks and driving “more backwoods highways than you could shake a stick at,” all in an effort to find new perspectives as an artist.
The images from his trek were intertwined and formatted into six-sided, 360-degree panoramic photographs. The hexagon, an object of fascination for the artist, has become a vessel for him to surround a central subject image with the entire landscape at it was presented during the artists initial encounter.
Tuba Oztekin Koymen
An artist and designer living in the DFW Metroplex, Koymen was born in Turkey and graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Bilkent University. Koymen later received a MFA in Photography and Digital imaging at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
In 5 Photographers, Koymen presents universalizing themes highlighting human commonalities regardless of race, gender, religion, and national origin. With their enigmatic quality, these haunting images draw viewers in, causing them to create meaning derived from their own experience.
Raised in the Detroit area, McNary now lives in Dallas. She received a degree in Sociology and Film from SMU and later studied photography under Charles DeBus. During that time, she took over Mr. DeBus’ summer program at SMU and fell in love with teaching.
For the last 11 years, she has working as a freelance art teacher in elementary, middle school and other public community settings.
Neese’s photographic works explore the relationship between memory and image; challenging the assumed notion of photograph as a factual document. Neese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including at The Rourke Art Museum (Minnesota), Louisiana Tech University, and De Fotohal (Amsterdam). Neese holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of North Texas where he currently teaches photography.
Byrd Williams IV
A fourth generation photographer known for his urban work in the U.S. and Europe, Williams has been teaching photography for 26 years. As chair, was instrumental in developing the photography program at Collin College.
For 5 Photographers, Williams presents Around Walls, a series of panolinear-invented spaces resembling panoramas, which employ an ideal borrowed from Picasso via David Hockney. The artist uses images that move through space rather than assuming a one-point perspective.