Photographs by Maxine Helfman
June 3, 2013
Critic - Crista Dix, Founder and Director wallspace
Inspired by periods of art history, my work reinterprets these traditional works from a more contemporary point of view. Our world and cultures are changing so quickly, we are witnessing the collision of past and present as populations shift, our world has become so diverse that cultures are visually harder to define.
Although my photographs are “manufactured realities”, they address real issues. Populations shift. Gender and race are redefined. Past definitions are challenged and the faces of cultures and customs change. My work depicts those changes.
Maxine Helfman is self-taught, late bloomer. After spending years as a stylist and art director, Helfman realized her vision by getting behind the camera. She has since been shooting commercially for advertising and editorial clients, while pursuing personal projects. Her work has been recognized in PX3, IPA, Foto DC, Flash Forward Boston, Critical Mass, British Journal of Photography, Photo News, as well as the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art Houston.
About wallspace Founder and Director, Crista Dix
Starting in this creative field as a photographer, collector and lover of the visual image, Crista decided to put down her camera and utilize her years of business management to help promote photographers and photography. With a background in science, business and creative arts, she has created a gallery space that celebrates artists’ vision. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country.
wall space is a gallery focused on the craft of photography, featuring emerging and mid career artists. The gallery expands the definition of what a photograph is, our artists use alternative processes, mixed media and digital technology in crafting their stories
The gallery opened in 2005 in Seattle, showcasing local and national talents. We opened our Santa Barbara location in 2010 again taking the lead in showcasing artists who transcend the medium, looking to expand the photographic arts.
Gallery Artists are national and internationally known creative talents, whose artistic vision is well known for its imagination and originality. A selection of prints is available in the gallery in our flat files.
Our Online gallery is our virtual showcase exposing new artists with a creative contemporary vision. Prints are available for viewing by arrangement.
Collectible is our quarterly showcase of singular images at introductory pricing. Four focused collections per year showcase new artists, and images exclusive to the gallery’s program. Limited editions, affordable pricing, and unique images make this an important part of the gallery’s mission to promote our artists and advance the larger availability of photography as an art form. A selection of prints is available in the gallery, and all of the work is available for purchase online. To view specific images, please contact the gallery to make arrangements.