FotoFest goddess (and curator) Wendy Watriss presents New Visualism: Abstractions in Photography, an exhibit of contemporary black-and-white photography by tepán Grygar (Czech Republic) and Fernando La Rosa (Peru/USA). Grygars photographs read at first as seemingly casual snapshots, but are actually painstakingly crafted. He finds his abstractions out in the world, isolating and cropping sections of reality, often urban scenes, into striking compositions. La Rosa is more focused on the natural world. The artist creates staged shots of plant materials arranged against dark grounds. La Rosas spare and poetic riffs on traditional still-lifes manage to convey a palpable range of emotions. The opening reception for New Visualism: Abstractions in Photography is today from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists talks and book signings are at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 14. FotoFest Headquarters, 1113 Vine Street. For information, call 713-223-5522 or visit www.fotofest.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through March 14, 2009