Caponigros both show in Portland

Jun 15, 2014
Photo by: Paul Caponigro Paul Caponigro’s “Backlit Sunflower” is part of the PhoPa Gallery show he will share with his son in Portland.

Portland — PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington St., will open “Two Generations,” an exhibition featuring the work of father and son duo Paul and John Paul Caponigro of Cushing, Wednesday, June 25. The show will run through Aug. 2, after which it will come to the Midcoast.

An artist talk at PhoPa will be held July 13 at 2 p.m., with refreshments to follow. The exhibition will be on display from Aug. 5 through 30 at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport, with an opening reception Aug. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“Two Generations” will feature more than two dozen images by each artist, and will highlight the careers of the family of artists as well as changing media and practices in the fine art of photography. The juxtaposition of different media may seem startling at first; while Paul is a traditional straight shooter, John Paul is a process artist. Yet, after careful inspection, what is more apparent are the similarities. It becomes clear that each artist’s work influences the other, and both artists share a strong dedication to their craft and a deep reverence for nature.

With a 50-plus year career, fine art photographer Paul Caponigro is regarded as one of America’s most significant master landscape photographers. Born in Boston in 1932, he was captured by photography early in life, the camera quickly becoming a lasting vehicle for reflection and discovery of nature. Paul Caponigro was a student of Minor White and has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. Recipient of two Guggenhiem fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants, Caponigro’s images will be found in most history of photography texts and contemporary art museums.

Paul’s son, John Paul Caponigro, is one of the most prominent artists work in digital photography. John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using digital technology. His art has been exhibited internationally and resides in numerous collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection and the Smithsonian. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change.

PhoPa Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. There is no admission charge.

PhoPa Gallery is a collaboration among photographer Jon Edwards, independent curator Bruce Brown and Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops + College. PhoPa exhibits (Pho)tography and works on (Pa)per, with a special focus on emerging Maine artists. The gallery divides its schedule between showcasing works by MMW+C students, alumni and faculty; and exhibits organized by Brown and Edwards.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

John Paul Caponigro’s “Exhalation IV” is part of this summer’s “Two Generations” show. (Photo by: John Paul Caponigro)
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