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Economy Portraits Receives “Best Art Show” Award From OC Weekly

Early on during the reception. Participants are looking for their portraits.

I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to receive news that my project, Economy Portraits, has received the award of “Best Art Show” of 2011 from OC Weekly.

Those of you who follow my blog took the journey through the 5 1/2 week process of creating this project that was executed at the Huntington Beach Art Center, in California, in March and April of this year. It was an intense, exhausting, and immensely rewarding experience. A partial explanation of the project is as follows:

The portraits are photographed on three different colored backgrounds, red, white, and black. The purpose is to construct an American flag on the wall. I chose to use black instead of blue as a metaphor for our dark economic times. When the portraits fill the middle of the gallery, they are replaced by newly printed images. The first ones take their place on the wall.

You can see a full account of Economy Portraits on this blog by clicking here.

Read a speech I gave to the Huntington Beach City Council in an attempt to keep the Huntington Beach Art Center open. It is in danger of closing due to budget cuts.

View a video of the process of creating Economy Portraits on youtube.

Read a review of the exhibit in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper.

See more images of Economy Portraits by clicking here.

I’d like to thank Darlene DeAngelo, curator of the Huntington Beach Art Center, for giving me the opportunity to make Economy Portraits happen. I needed a very large space, and few places have it. Another enormous thank you goes to the powers that be at OC Weekly for giving me this award. I hope it propels Economy Portraits to be shown in other venues. Lastly, my deepest gratitude to those lovely people who opened their hearts and lives to participate in this project. You are the true stars.

A book of Economy Portraits is in progress. Completion date will be sometime in November 2011. Please contact me if you would like a copy.

I'm 17. My dad couldn't make enough money to keep my mother married to im. She left. I now live with my dad, older sister, and 3 roommates. I've had a second job for the past 6 months and have been finishing my senior year of high school. I'm still coping.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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