PS21 Photography Show


Parsons dancer Elena D'Amario at PS21, 2015 | photo by Jake Stockman

Parsons dancer Elena D’Amario at PS21, 2015 | photo by Jake Stockman

Jake Stockman’s exhibit at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery Provided a behind-the-scenes look at Parsons Dance Company’s experiences during their 2015 summer residency at PS21 Chatham.  The exhibit was on view from Saturday, February 13 through Sunday, February 28.

Jake is PS21’s first Photography Intern. Photographer David Lee is his mentor and Chatham High School teacher and Arts Honor Society Mentor Jude Harrigan partnered with PS21 to set up the program. Jake spent time with the renowned Parsons Dance Company dancers taking pictures of them rehearsing, performing, and playing at PS21. He used medium format film, 35mm Film, and digital photography, all of which appear in the selection of photographs, because he wanted to experiment with mediums he had not used before. Many of the photographs in the show are not traditional dance photographs, but are his interpretation of the space and the relationship of the dancers to the space, light and each other.

Jake has always been a creative person and was drawn to photography early as a artistic outlet. The PS21 Photography Internship interested him as a way to help him figure out what role photography might play in his life in the future. Jake started his schooling at Hawthorne Valley School, then attended Chatham Middle School and High School. He is attending Hudson Valley Community College for his senior year.

Special thanks goes to Joyce Goldstein for making her gallery available for Jake’s show and to Melissa Sarris for working out the arrangements to make it possible. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving the community with concerts, programs, residencies, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages.

PS21 Chatham’s youth programming is made possible in part with a grant from the New York State Council in the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Stewart’s Matching Grant, Berkshire Bank, Golub Foundation, the Chatham branch of First Niagara Bank, and the members of PS21.

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