Artists: A - G: Judy Gelles
Fourth Grade Series, Judy Gelles has come to realize children today are living in social silos, cut off from diverse cultural and economic groups. She has made it her priority to visit public inner city schools, along with private schools to shed light on the clear differences and challenges these children face. By asking 140 fourth graders from schools in the U.S., China, and India, the exact same questions, she allows their answers to become part of her art, coupled by her intriguing photographs.
After 9/11 Series, Gelles uses her method of text and image to create moving photographs of Muslim women who were not only influenced by their religious traditions, but also by the media and fashion trends. She captures the duality of these women’s lives by combining their photos with fashion logos, seen on surrounding billboards.
Trailer Park (Melbourne, FL) another series of work, spawned from her father’s decision to buy a mobile home in Melbourne Beach, FL, to escape the icy New Hampshire winters. Her technique illuminates this community, embodying the dream of retirement, but for many, is actually the end of the road.
Beach Boxes Series (Melbourne, Australia), that depicts simple sheds with no electricity, water, or any features at all other than proximity to sand and water. Located in Melbourne, Australia, these beach boxes provide an artful character to the beaches. The vivid colors assigned to these sheds, and Gelles’ photographic talent, enhances the value these beach boxes possess.
Judy Gelles has received her MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Gelles has exhibited her work at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA; Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. She has been rewarded by the William Penn Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, PA (2010); the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (2011) and the Fleisher Challenge Artist (2007). Her most recent sponsorship comes from the Lomax Family Foundation Grant (2012). Judy Gelles is also in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; Harvard University Fine Arts Library, Cambridge, MA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; among many others.