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Heads of Hydra Photography Exhibition

The Heads of Hydra photographers collective opens an art show of "Lovers Collaborations" by 17 couples. The Heads of Hydra is an ongoing photo-group exhibition project organized by Richard Alden Peterson, which has had several shows in various galleries including Vertigo and Hinterland. View the list of works.

The exhibition presents three significant questions. First is the idea of the relationship between artist and curator. Artists raise questions in our society, often in nonverbal ways that precede popular trends or changes in culture. We owe it to future generations to preserve those voices and ideas even when they are not yet fully understood. If we alter them, we may inadvertently alter their power. In this respect, a curator's voice must not override the artist's voice because it somehow alters the original message. In Spanish there is an expression, "traductor traidor", and it means "translator traitor" referring to the fact that the translator's personality and own ideas can affect even the best translations. The act of translating in and of itself alters. In this exhibition, Richard Alden Peterson calls himself the "Anti-Curator" extending total control to the artists to highlight this effect. As a gallerist, he asked me to also relinquish control. I didn't know who was participating or what the work would be like. I won't in fact know until Friday night what the exhibition looks like.

The second point of departure for this exhibition is the focus on the non-rational portions of our minds. Peterson refers to it as "emotional" or sometimes "romantic". He sees these terms as much maligned in the art world, often even associated (wrongly) with the feminine. This is the sensory, perceptive, pattern receiving portion that produces feeling as a signal, sometimes a warning/indicator, other times a feeling of warmth. The author and psychologist Susan Heitler reminds us that the goal for a human being is to use the entire brain. When we rely too much on one section, the benefits of others are lost. While we may rationally value creativity in our society, the often messier actual “emotional” piece of it is often not valued.

Finally, the aspect of "Lovers Collaborations” takes the two preceding ideas of freedom and tapping into the Emotionalist side and looks at the fact that when people collaborate a sum greater than the parts emerges. Both parties explore in new ways and have access to new ideas and ways of thinking. The result is often surprising even for them. The intimate nature of these relationships amplifies the effect.

Richard Alden Peterson is the Anti-Curator, and as such extends absolute freedom and no censorship to each artist. It is the first exhibition of the Emotionalism Art Movement representing "a something or other that has no name in any language," the unexplainable and undefinable world.


Katie Taft and Anthony Camera
Gina Stone and Alden Peterson
Cornelia Peterson and Mickey Boyd
Kristen Sink and Mark Sink
Sydney Kovac-Peterson and Richard Alden Peterson
Andrea Carin Oliphant and Charlie Oliphant
Denise Bearden and Dave Seiler
Sabin Aell and Randy Rushton
John Babcock and Peter Strange Yumi
Katja Schmid and Moritz Reichelt
Terri Bell and Paul Fallet
Natascha Seideneck and Monica Ward
Wendi Schneider and Ed Lehrburger
Felecia Ashby and Tom Casey
Cecilia Gimenez-Zapiola and Pablo Gimenez Zapiola
Christina Kreps and Rupert Jenkins
Anne Tourney and Eric Havelock-Bailie

Open August 1st through Sept. 6th, 2014, in RiNo.