Linda Alterwitz is a Las Vegas based visual artist. Having earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver specializing in painting and drawing, she changed paths in 2006 to follow a conceptual passion that delves into the fine boundaries of art and science.
Alterwitz’s philosophy addresses the constant challenge to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative. This duality is apparent throughout the body of her work, starting with her photographic equipment. Alterwitz uses both digital cameras and toy cameras. The high-tech digital cameras produce clear, factual images that are believable and acceptable in our right-brained world. In contrast, images shot on film by the low-tech, simple workings of plastic cameras capture a spontaneous altered world. Alterwitz’s inspiration, the inner workings of the human body and her external surrounding environment, plays with the dance of the two sides of the brain as well as the contradiction of fear and reassurance. Past personal struggles with medical issues were tempered by fond, childhood memories of playing in the sand dunes and forests of Gary, Indiana where Alterwitz grew up. It is this dichotomy that gives her work a comforting sense of familiarity while simultaneously creating tension.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 2011 she had a solo exhibition at LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles, CA) and The Donna Beam Gallery (UNLV). Recent group exhibitions include The Art of Photography (San Diego, CA), Project Basho (Philidelphia, PA and Tokyo, Japan), NYU (New York, NY), Vermont Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, Vermont), Rogue Space Chelsea (New York, NY) 1212 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Newspace Center for Photoraphy (Portland, OR) Texas Photographic Society, (San Antonio, TX) SilverEye Center for Photography, (Pittsburg, PA) Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, VT), and The Julia Dean Photo Workshop Gallery, (Venice, CA) among other national and international juried competitions.
Aaron McElroy (*1978, Daytona, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He started with photography in 2005. Shortly after he was accepted at the New England School of Photography, graduating in 2007. He most recently had solo shows at Horton Gallery New York, and at Ampersand Gallery Portland. His work was part of group exhibitions at FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam, Smack Mellon Brooklyn, Chelsea Art Museum, New York and Noorderlicht Gallery Groningen, among others. In 2013, two monographs were published: “Aaron McElroy: SPBN”, with Self Publish Be Happy, and “After Wake”, with Ampersand Gallery. As part of the collective AM projects, he was included in Nocturnes, a limited edition six person box set, designed and published by dienacht Publishing. Nocturnes was selected for “The books we loved” in 2012 by Time Magazine, and was part of the exhibit ICP Triennial, International Center for Photography New York. Most recently he featured in the book Nudity Today: edited by Jesse Pearson and published by Picture Box.
Born in a small coal-mine village in 1967,in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, where he lived until 18. Entered college in kyoto and he studied Latin American affairs. After college performed as a club DJ, worked as a construction worker and he got a job with a cement manufacturer, worked tunnel construction sites across the country as a concrete expert. And he got a Leica and he began photographing the places he worked. After 18 years working, he quit his job and photographed countries and regions wandering around the world. He now workｓ as a freelance photographer based in Yamaguchi.