"Art off the Air" is a digital-only column that will be posted every Friday on dosavannah.com as a companion piece to the WRUU 107.5 FM show "Art on the Air."
On this week’s episode of "Art on the Air" on WRUU 107.5 FM we had the opportunity to speak with Emily Earl and Ken Klehm, two of the folks behind “Every Third Wednesday,” a monthly photo critique group with an upcoming exhibition of the same name.
The show, which opens Friday, Sept. 6 at Sulfur Studios as part of First Fridays in Starland, features artists who have participated in the gathering over the past two years.
The monthly critique group is actually an import, having been brought to Savannah when Klehm and his partner, fellow photographer Bridget Conn, relocated here from Asheville, N.C.
“Bridget and I both missed the monthly critiques so we thought we should start one here and see if we can help build up the photo community and give people who are no longer in school a place to show their work and talk about their art, so you grow,” Klehm said.
They brought the idea to Earl, a photographer herself and one of the co-owners and founders of Sulfur Studios. Earl was very supportive of the concept, seeing the benefits it could provide.
“For photographers, at least in my experience, there’s a pressure to know how to do everything yourself, like any artist,” Earl said. “But I feel like as photographers we’re more in a cave. So it’s nice to get together and to be able to get someone else’s feedback on what you’ve been working on.”
Klehm agreed with Earl’s assessment, “Critiques can be wonderful things, for those of us who went to art school, or appreciate the community, or those who didn’t and find they’re making their art sometimes in a void and they need feedback,” he explained. “It’s about developing your own art chops, but at the same time it’s supporting each other, making friends, and making connections.”
The group was thriving, attracting as many as twenty people to a given critique, when Earl noticed an open slot on Sulfur’s busy show schedule,
“We never even planned or thought of doing a group show from the critique group,” she explained. “I just offered the idea kind of on a whim a few months ago. But I think it’s actually been a great experience for the people in the show, because we’re all really working together instead of just kind of saying ‘oh, yeah, here’s my thoughts about this thing that you’ve been working on.’”
The exhibition is set to feature a wide range of photographic styles, from Conn’s abstractions, to Earl’s polaroid’s, to Klehm’s piece, which utilizes an old medicine cabinet.
“What am I going to do that’s pushing me? I don’t like having my picture taken,” Klehm said. “So of course I have to do self-portraiture. And so, I built a camera out of a medicine cabinet that’s also going to be the display piece.”
With such diverse offerings, it’s sure to be an interesting and thought-provoking exhibition.
To hear more of our conversations with Emily Earl and Ken Klehm, check out the full interview below.
And if you’d like to be a part of Sulfur Studios Monthly Photo Group Critique, which happens every third Wednesday of the month, visit sulfurstudios.org for more information.
Tune in to "Art on the Air" every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. on WRUU 107.5 FM in Savannah, and streaming worldwide at www.wruu.org.
Next week’s guest is sculptor Matt Toole.
Rob Hessler is an artist, co-host of the radio show Art on the Air on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah, and Executive Director of Bigger Pie, a Savannah-based arts advocacy organization.