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Ilisa Katz Rissman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights


ARTIST STATEMENT: I am compelled to document the people and environments around me, to try and make sense of an often-anarchic world by capturing small moments and personal encounters. By focusing on the familiar, larger themes of the human condition may come to light. As time passes and I see my children, family and friends age, I attempt to record the physical and psychological changes that occur, and will often use my own memories and experiences as a catalyst with which to imprint a point of view. Since the approach I take is similar with all my subjects (figurative, still-life), I hope - over time - for themes to emerge so that my work can be threaded together and viewed like chapters of a book. The confrontational nature of using a large format analog camera is a deliberate tool. and is something that both my subject and I need to reckon with. We are both, in a sense, collaborators in this highly vulnerable process. My images are not snapshots but I want them to feel that way, as I look for tension between what may be alluring and sensual yet also uncomfortable and challenging. Scale is important, and often a detail I was unable to see during a shoot reveals itself in the print. I want to take people and things that we see everyday, and make them larger than life. Since I am drawn toward the often-difficult process of how we expose ourselves to one another, I try and work intuitively -- encouraging feelings and emotional associations, rather than draw conclusions. By looking out from my perspective as a woman at a particular juncture in time, I wish to explore the meaning of identity, memory and home. -- Ilisa Katz Rissman

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Ilisa Katz Rissman

Ilisa Katz Rissman was born in New York City, received her BA at Boston College, and later attended Art Center College of where she studied photography and film. In addition to producing fine art projects, Ilisa began her career as a studio photographer in Tribeca, during which time her work appeared regularly in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Interview, Saveur, Town and Country and Metropolis. She published two books--one in which she photographed the miniature chair collection of the iconic designer George Beylerian. Ilisa was the featured artist in Photo District News: Ilisa Katz's Simple Vision.

Ilisa works concurrently on long-term personal projects, choosing to use large format analog cameras to produce detailed, provocative images. Ilisa’s work has been collected and shown both nationally and internationally and she is the recipient of a number of awards. A photograph from her project, Unveiled was honored by James Rondeau, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Art Institute Of Chicago. Others awards include, The Forward Thinking Museum, 12 12 Gallery (juror Stephen Perloff), New York Photo Festival, Soho Photo Gallery and The Photo Review (juror Jennifer Blessing), and PX3 Prix De La Photographie, Paris. Her photography has been posted and reviewed in The New Yorker and Philadephia Inquirer, and she is a BRIC Arts Media Fellow.

Ilisa lives in Brooklyn with her family.

2014 The Photo Review Best In Show, Gallery 1401, University Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2014 New York Photo Festival, Photoworld 2014 Exhibition, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2013 BRIC Arts Gala, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, Va.
2012 ARTnude: James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2012 Rogue Exposure: Group Show, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2012 NYPF'12 Invitational Exhibition (3 pieces accepted), Brooklyn, NY
2011 Verge Art Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2011 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, New York, NY
2009 Maleeka, Brooklyn NY (permanent installation)
2009 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Blow-Up, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 ArtFutura 2008, Curated by James Rondeau, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2008 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2008 National Biennial XIX, LaGrange, GA.
2007 Solo Show, Ilisa Katz Rissman: Selected Work, Princeton Project Space, Princeton, NJ
2007 Take Home a Nude, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
2007 Rotunda Gallery Gala, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Cristina Grajales, New York, NY
2007 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Gala, Steiner Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Take Home a Nude, Philips de Pury, New York, NY

2014 The Photo Review National Competition, juried by Jennifer Blessing
2014 JGS Photography Contest 4th quarter finalist, The Forward Thinking Museum, New York, NY
2013 First Prize Winner, South Shore Art Center National Juried Show
2013 Finalist: 12 12 Gallery International Portrait Photography Exhibition
2012 Winner, (3) Fine Art Awards -- NY Photo Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2012 BRIC Arts Media Fellowship
2012 Finalist, Gallerist's Choice Awards, Santa Fe
2011 Finalist, Exposure 2011, National Competition
2011 2009 Finalist, National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award, London, UK
2010 Winner, Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, (Judge Jennifer Blessing, Curator at Guggenheim Museum of Art), New York NY
2008 Winner, ArtFutura 2008, Chicago, IL.
2008 Winner, National Biennial XIX, Lagrange, Georgia
2008 Portraiture Award, PX3, Prix De la Photographie, Paris, France

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