CB Adams Stacks Up at Framations Memory: Joy & Loss Exhibit

 Random Access by CB Adams at Framations Gallery's Memory: Joy & Loss Exhibit

Random Access by CB Adams at Framations Gallery's Memory: Joy & Loss Exhibit

A black and white photograph by CB Adams titled Random Access was awarded an Honorable Mention by juror Lynn Friedman Hamilton during the opening of the juried art exhibition, Memory: Joy & Loss, at Framations Art Gallery, 218 North Main St., St. Charles, MO. Friedman, former director of the Brentwood Gallery in St. Louis, selected the photograph for this exhibition featuring artworks inspired by memory and its function in people's lives.

Random Access was one of three entries submitted by Adams, who is principal of Qwerky Studio. "Because art is so subjective, I never know which pieces will be accepted into a themed show and whether any will be given special recognition. When I dropped off my entries, the one that I thought was thematically strongest (a grid with four variations of a toy camera image of a mural dedicated to the memory of slain teenager Michael Brown), wasn't chosen for the show. I was surprised -- pleasantly surprised -- that Random Access was recognized by Ms. Friedman with an Honorable Mention," Adams said.

Random Access depicts a stack of fictitious movie scripts with their titles handwritten on the bottom edge. Adams photographed the stack during a recent trip to Los Angeles. Adams had forgotten about the photograph until he was scrolling through his digital library that presently contains more than 20,000 images, both digital and film-based.

"When I was making my selections for submission, Random Access was not in my initial pool of candidates. I was in a bit of a hurry when this image stopped me cold. I didn't take this photograph with this show in mind, but it does perfectly capture the random, mysterious nature of recalling memories," Adams said.

Random Access and Adams's other photograph in the exhibition, I Can't Remember, is a sepia-tinged black and white image. Such toning is not part of his usual photograph printing process, but a podcast by Brooks Jensen, a photographer, author and publisher of LensWork magazine, opened him to other possibilities.

"I usually prefer a straightforward, contrasty black-and-white image, but I was influenced by something I heard in a Jensen podcast about serving the intent of a photograph using any means or enhancement available to a photographer. I just feel the images are enhanced with that bit of sepia tone," Adams said.

  I   Can't Remember  by CB Adams

I Can't Remember by CB Adams

Memory: Joy & Loss will be showing from Dec. 8, 2017 to Jan. 18, 2018. Visitors may vote for a Best in Show throughout the exhibition. Random Access and I Don't Remember have overall dimensions of 20 x 24 inches and are available for sale through the gallery.

Adams is a St. Louis-based professional writer, short story author, and fine art photographer. He has exhibited in numerous St. Louis-area gallery exhibitions at The Foundry Art Centre, Art St. Louis, and St. Louis Artists' Guild, among others, as well as nationally in Boston, Sacramento, New York and Salt Lake City. At Framations, Adams received a Second Place and Honorable Mention award in Beyond the Lens VIII at in 2014.

Juror Lynn Friedman Hamilton has extensive experience in the art world in St. Louis. In 6 years as director of Brentwood Gallery, she curated more than 70 shows that traveled regionally and internationally. Long a champion of older artists, she spent more than 25 years organizing social group activities for older artists and adults, before forming the not-for-profit organization Maturity and Its Muse.

A black and white photograph by CB Adams titled Random Access was awarded an Honorable Mention by juror Lynn Friedman Hamilton during the opening of the juried art exhibition, Memory: Joy & Loss, at Framations Art Gallery, 218 North Main St., St. Charles, MO. Friedman, former director of the Brentwood Gallery in St. Louis, selected the photograph for this exhibition featuring artworks inspired by memory and its function in people's lives.

Random Access was one of three entries submitted by Adams, who is principal of Qwerky Studio. "Because art is so subjective, I never know which pieces will be accepted into a themed show and whether any will be given special recognition. When I dropped off my entries, the one that I thought was thematically strongest (a grid with four variations of a toy camera image of a mural dedicated to the memory of slain teenager Michael Brown), wasn't chosen for the show. I was surprised -- pleasantly surprised -- that Random Access was recognized by Ms. Friedman with an Honorable Mention," Adams said.

Random Access depicts a stack of fictitious movie scripts with their titles handwritten on the bottom edge. Adams photographed the stack during a recent trip to Los Angeles. Adams had forgotten about the photograph until he was scrolling through his digital library that presently contains more than 20,000 images, both digital and film-based.

"When I was making my selections for submission, Random Access was not in my initial pool of candidates. I was in a bit of a hurry when this image stopped me cold. I didn't take this photograph with this show in mind, but it does perfectly capture the random, mysterious nature of recalling memories," Adams said.

Random Access and Adams's other photograph in the exhibition, I Can't Remember, is a sepia-tinged black and white image. Such toning is not part of his usual photograph printing process, but a podcast by Brooks Jensen, a photographer, author and publisher of LensWork magazine, opened him to other possibilities.

"I usually prefer a straightforward, contrasty black-and-white image, but I was influenced by something I heard in a Jensen podcast about serving the intent of a photograph using any means or enhancement available to a photographer. I just feel the images are enhanced with that bit of sepia tone," Adams said.

Memory: Joy & Loss will be showing from Dec. 8, 2017 to Jan. 18, 2018. Visitors may vote for a Best in Show throughout the exhibition. Random Access and I Don't Remember have overall dimensions of 20 x 24 inches and are available for sale through the gallery.

Adams is a St. Louis-based professional writer, short story author, and fine art photographer. He has exhibited in numerous St. Louis-area gallery exhibitions at The Foundry Art Centre, Art St. Louis, and St. Louis Artists' Guild, among others, as well as nationally in Boston, Sacramento, New York and Salt Lake City. At Framations, Adams received a Second Place and Honorable Mention award in Beyond the Lens VIII at in 2014.

Juror Lynn Friedman Hamilton has extensive experience in the art world in St. Louis. In 6 years as director of Brentwood Gallery, she curated more than 70 shows that traveled regionally and internationally. Long a champion of older artists, she spent more than 25 years organizing social group activities for older artists and adults, before forming the not-for-profit organization Maturity and Its Muse.