Today, the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition
opens in New York City, and local photographer Denise Dethlefsen
will represent our very own Colorado Springs.
The competition markets itself as a way for any artist the world over to gain exposure, boost their résumés and meet others in the Chelsea art gallery district.
Which is great, but certainly not easy. This year, the juror was Carlo McCormick
, a culture critic in NYC, who, among lots of pursuits, has curated shows, written books, and spoken at universities. Here
, "the Tyler Durden of art criticism
" speaks about what he collects, which includes, of course, lots of art.
So Dethlefsen, along with about 30 others, did well to impress McCormick, and now find themselves on display at the Agora Gallery
on 530 W. 25th St. from today through Sept. 11, with an opening reception — if you can make it! — Thurs., Aug. 28.
Dethlefsen contributed her "Wastelands" series, photographs of junky, forgotten corners of urban and rural America. Some images hit a little too close to home, a kind of decay that for some feels very familiar, and for others, a sad scene to whizz past on a road trip.
It's notable that via her website
, Dethlefsen explains that she only received her first SLR camera as a gift from her husband a few years ago. "He did not know he was going to start an addiction!" she writes. The Missoula, Mont.-born artist has also gone low-tech with a Holga, and currently works both in digital and film.
Here's some of what she's showing at Agora (all are photographs printed on fine art paper):