Branch Gallery
DREAMTIME
AIMEE FRIBERG AND TABITHA SOREN
FEBRUARY 11 - APRIL 01, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 25, 2011, 6PM - 9PM

Dreamtime pairs two photographers who create surreal images that skillfully utilize natural and manmade light sources to produce images that intermingle the whimsy of cinematic storytelling with Cartier-Bresson’s “ decisive moment”. The resulting works are captivating, thoughtful and timeless.

Aimee Fribergis totally captivated by light. Her process of photographing is an exercise in editing the world around her, selecting vignettes of emotional resonance from experiences lived, and from memories stored. By paying attention to light and abstracted forms in the landscape, Aimee translates something beautiful or banal into an opportunity for meditative experience. Light is the subject she sets out to capture, as a result, her images have an ethereal quality that drifts between the real and the imagined.

Aimee has exhibited and had screenings in various institutions and galleries, including the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the University of Washington’s Henry Art and Jacob Lawrence Galleries, the Kitchen Center for Media in New York, the Havana International Film Festival and various galleries around the world. She has curated, judged and presented films for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, the Barcelona Jewish Film Festival, the San Francisco Cinematheque and her quirky art and film space Gallery Extraña in Berkeley, California.

Tabitha Soren’s work is about decay and the struggle against it. Each of her photography projects has to do, in one way or another, with the toll time can take on the home, the body, and the heart. She is interested in how human beings manage to find meaning in their lives despite this inevitable decay. As a result, her projects can tend to last many years so that time passing is not merely a concept but the viewer can see the evidence in the film.

Tabitha received her B.A. Degree from New York University in journalism and studied photography at Stanford University and the California College of Art. Her work has been shown in and collected by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She has also exhibited extensively in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally including venues such as Southern Exposure, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Richmond Art Center, Washington DC’s Civilian Art Projects, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Austin’s Superalright Gallery and most recently, in a group show at the Photographers Gallery in London. Tabitha’s editorial work includes assignments for the New York Times Magazine, and portraits for Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and New York, among others.

In 2007 her images were selected for the AI + AP Best of American Photography Collection. In 2010, her work won the Director's Prize at Review Santa Fe, she was a finalist for Photo Lucida and was a Contender for Jen Beckman’s Hey Hot Shots.

Tabitha lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and three children.

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The New YoungConcrete SkyThis Autumn I Swam
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