Three accomplished photographers have taken over the historic galleries of The Plastic Club filling each room with a broad range of photographic art. Each photographer is known for their documentary work regarding cemeteries, in fact the trio have a show in the Free Library of Philadelphia on the Parkway focused on the historic cemeteries of Philadelphia: Mount Mariah Cemetery, Laurel Hill Cemetery and Woodlands Cemetery titled Sacred to the Memory.
Although the Three Perspectives show does include cemetery photographs, each artist is displaying a wide range of subjects from landscapes and still life to abstract and documentary images. The exhibit is beautifully displayed and offers each artist’s work a space of it’s own, hung gallery style as opposed to the salon-style exhibits of juried art shows for which The Plastic Club is recognized. Displayed throughout the Main Hall, the Tea Room, the Bob Jackson Gallery and the Sheikman Studio/Gallery the range and distinct styles is inspiring and often astonishing.
“Using film, digital, and toy cameras, I create something out of nothing. The large part of my work, which utilizes cemetery statuary as subject, merges art and photography with society’s desire to come to terms with death and dying. It is an attempt to reacquaint us with Victorian mourning arts. My latest work is a bit lighter –images created with toy cameras. The creative processes of photography have always helped me deal with the world, with personal issues, and even to judge myself. In retrospect, psychiatry would’ve been cheaper. However, I believe that spending time in cemeteries has helped me to prepare myself for the loss of loved ones. Seeing others find meaning in the work is an unexpected gift.” Ed Snyder artist’s statement
“The reason we exhibited together is because besides our obvious overlap with cemetery photography we share many of the same aesthetic concerns for the images within our photographs. The interesting part is how we mine it from our own creative expression. I felt that all three of us visually completes the sentence the other starts. Frank may be more painterly, Ed has solid documentation strength, and I hover over texture/surface/composition. I am honored to be the in same space as the other two.” – Robert Reinhardt
” Thanks to all who helped promote the ‘Three Perspectives’ Show. The support we received from family and friends on our opening reception was very humbling . Thanks to my friends Ed and Bob for putting up with my computer illiteracy this last couple of months. The best is yet to come , both the library show “Sacred To The Memory -Historic Cemeteries Of Philadelphia” and “Three Perspectives” at The Plastic Club are still going strong. Ed, Bob and I invite all to attend our second reception at The Plastic Club on October 20, 2013 from 2:00 – 5:00pm. Help us finish off our BEER and WINE ,see some great photography and better yet do some early holiday shopping and pick up some beautiful photos as gifts.” – Frank Rausch
Frank Rausch was born and raised in Connecticut. His love of nature and the outdoors was nurtured by his rural upbringing and from the many fishing and hunting excursions he took with his father and a neighborhood best friend.
His passion for photography blossomed later in life when he decided to capture some of the inspiring images through the lens of a camera. His use of color, composition, and light come from years of being a flower shop owner and designer. His photographic diversity is reflected in his choice of subjects- from landscape to abstract images where he captures different moods, textures and geometric designs. Being able to share with you through his photographic art those special moments in time is a privilege he hopes to continue for a long long time. – Frank Rausch bio
Three Perspectives at The Plastic Club is an opportunity to view photographic art by three of Philadelphia’s most dedicated and accomplished photographers. As well as their photography, the trio participates in Social Practice art activities such as restoring cemeteries. Ed has been leading the restoration efforts at Mount Mariah in Philadelphia, Robert travels to Edinburgh, Scotland to work on cemetery restoration and Frank was the former grounds foreman at Laurel Hill Cemetery and still resides in the grand entrance building.
The Plastic Club is located on the Avenue of the Artists at 247 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.
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The Plastic Club‘s home is a historic double townhouse located on one of Philadelphia’s “little streets” in the heart of the city. Built in 1824, it houses the club’s spacious studio, gallery spaces, offices and dining facilities. The club purchased the property in 1909, and expanded it to include the house next door in 1910. In the past ten years the building has undergone many rennovations so that it now functions like a 21st century building, but still retains its 19th century charm. – The Plastic Club website
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