Five Photographers at Cabana Home

Alex Slade  Centex Home, Millbrook at Coyote Canyon, Fontana, CA, 2005  Chromogenic print  49 x 61 inches

Alex Slade
Centex Home, Millbrook at Coyote Canyon, Fontana, CA, 2005
Chromogenic print
49 x 61 inches


July 16 to September 8, 2012

Exhibition Opening:
Monday, July 16, 2012 / 6 to 8pm

111 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(Santa Barbara, CA) – 
Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art+Architecture, presents Five Photographers, a selection of photographic works by David Mitchell, Bill Berry, Gerald Incandela, Joni Sternbach, and Alex Slade.  Each photographer approaches his or her own subject matter with a distinct vision and through a unique process.  Photography, whether it is ethnographic, abstract and minimalist, or painterly and “drawn,” is versatile, and tends to evade and confound the clear parameters attributed to other media.  The photograph lends itself to compelling aesthetic investigations of the external world: literally captured by the apparatus, and figuratively synthesized by the eye of the beholder.

This group exhibition presents five divergent photographic practices.  Each is unique and contributes to the investigative tradition of the medium.  David Mitchell’s work explores abstract composition through the frame of the camera lens.  The photographic effects of light in his work produce a sense of spatial suspension in the geometric picture plane.  His minimalist compositions speak to the tradition of color field painting, and confuse the viewer’s distinction of photography from the two dimensional.  With a similar, though notably unique, approach, Gerald Incandela navigates the photographic medium as a painterly conduit through his “photo paintings.”  The Santa Barbara resident uniquely applies developer with painterly brushstrokes, and exposes areas of the photographic surface selectively.  The work interrogates and blurs the boundaries of the photographic medium, and those of painting, through the use of traditionally additive and two dimensional applications.

Joni Sternbach explores surf culture with the lens of a poetic ethnographer and her work is currently included in Portrayal / Betrayal at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Through her use of a not an historical photographic process (black and white images created with tin types), she creates ambient and historically ambiguous images.  Our sense of time is suspended in the rich patina of the images. In a more traditional documentary practice, albeit stylized, Alex Slade captures the growth and development of the American city, and examines its landscapes in various states of transformation and expansion.  His approach is ethnographic and expository.  Finally, Bill Berry approaches the medium through contemporary digital manipulation and composition, and cites the visual language of cinematography and film as his primary methodological and aesthetic influence.

Each photographer approaches the medium with a singular vision and vocabulary, though a multiplicity of representational possibilities clearly exists.  The breadth and versatility of the medium is apparent in the work of these five photographers, as each brings their own voice to the fore.

Five Photographers 
is the thirteenth of an on-going sequence of exhibitions organized by gallerist Edward Cella of Edward Cella Art + Architecture in collaboration with Caroline and Steven Thompson, principals of Cabana Home.  Through regular presentation of new and notable contemporary artists, the ongoing series seeks to open a dialogue between artists and collectors in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and beyond.

To view the exhibition online please visit:


Steve Thompson, (805) 962-0200

Edward Cella, (323) 525-0053


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