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Photography

David Halliday, Stephanie Blumenthal, Joseph Maresca, Robert Hite, Eric Lindbloom, Jeri Eisenberg, Gail Peachin, Kahn & Selesnick, Newbold Bohemia, Jerry Freedner and Birgit Blyth

December 30, 2015 through February 14, 2016

The contemporary saga of collaborative duo, Kahn & Selesnick, continues to evolve as the artists release new images fromDreams of the Drowning World.   The visual narrative speaks to the delicate balance between nature’s luscious beauty and the threat of its loss.  The defeat illustrated between man and nature is stunningly beautiful as the characters are surrounded by abundant flora and objects of their past-time amidst the rising waters.  The mid-19th century painting of a drowning Ophelia is referenced in the six foot tall prints of vertical God-like figures, appearing peaceful and dreamlike as they float in a motionless marsh.  Smaller, arch-topped vignettes offer a reverent view on figures that lay in a transcendent state of surrender.  This elaboration on the Truppe Fledermaus series is perhaps proof of the artist’s deeply imaginative, if cautionary, contemplation. 

David Halliday’s carefully composed still lifes of ordinary root vegetables and fresh caught fish  are staged and captured in a brilliantly colored pigment.  Mediterranean blues, tangerine oranges and deep purples radiate off of the white backgrounds, adding a vibration to otherwise unadorned objects.  Halliday’s eye captures texture, balance and color while considering careful composition.  Jeri Eisenberg photographs the natural world with an over-sized pinhole camera or de-focused lens. By obscuring detail, the images become sketches of light—“trees seen through mostly-closed eyes on bright sunny days”. The very soft-focused, painterly images are printed digitally on delicate translucent Japanese Kozo paper and then immersed in melted beeswax.

Chicago based artist Newbold Bohemia takes the documentary nature of photography and turns it on its head.  In An Ideal World, Bohemia openly stages a femme fatale with her perfect blonde hair cut and classic 1950s housewife attire in the comfort of her well-kept abode. She is pictured in various scenarios, carrying out familiar house tasks. Bohemia expertly manipulates the imagery to cast an ironic air of perfection on each scene.  This is not nearly as genius as the hysterical placements of found objects that further slant the message of the narrative.   Newbold Bohemia is not only successful attending to each detail that works to suggest a narrative, but he does so with a delightfully dark and comical approach that is endlessly amusing.   Robert Hite works across mediums in an 1840’s Methodist church he converted into his studio.  A new, lofty workspace with 20 foot ceilings allowed him to fabricate the houses he depicted in his paintings.  Beautiful, complex sculptures soon materialized in the studio, ranging from 3- 5 feet wide and 12 feet tall, exemplifying the artist’s vision on a completely different scale in a new medium.   He soon began photographing his constructions within the Hudson Valley landscape, distorting the sculpture’s true scale.   The result of this experiment is The Imagined Histories Series brings an element of magic and whimsy to our beloved and familiar landscape. 

The dynamic of certain vines and tree trunks in nature are re-inspired by Stephanie Blumenthal when she isolates their contorting shapes and movement by highlighting them in black.   This results in bold, gestural lines, calling to mind the work of a more lyrical Franz Kline painting.  They are further re-imagined when the solitary, unbridled vine is placed in front of a block of opaque or transparent color- a truly revolutionary illustration of nature’s patterns and form.  Landscape photographer Eric Lindbloom’s elegant portrayal of nature’s rhythm is fueled by a meditative approach that allows visual metaphors to reveal themselves in time.  Lindbloom masterfully captures the sea grasses of Cape Cod in black and white, the lyrical play of light and shadow calms and soothes as he guides our perspective through macro and micro environments.

Birgit Blyth paints with photographic chemicals via a technique dubbed “chromoskedasic” to create her unique grid monoprints.  Acrylic red paint has been added to these irregular shaped grids in The Marathon series.   Also on view, is a recent series of unique cyanotypes, a photographic printing process which produces a blueprint. The positive image of piled CD cases left after being exposed to UV light creates an almost three dimensional effect of intersecting and contrasting lines.   Joseph Maresca's work experiments with inkjet painting. He starts by photographing a miniature boat from his personal collection, followed by digital manipulation to distort the scale.  He then prints the image on a paper stock that is slow to absorb the ink, so he is further able to disperse the ink on the paper before it dries with a brush. The result is more painterly than photographic, with a soft focus of the boat's lights that permeate the darkness of its vast, oceanic environment.

The complex designs seen in Lisa Frank's large scale photo ‘tapestries’ is created through staged and duplicated layers of photographic elements, collaged and manipulated digitally into elaborate patterns. Working in the more traditional technique of collage is mixed media artist Gail Peachin who will exhibit small vintage photographs with the silhouettes of various figures cut out and replaced with colorful magazine images or patterned fabric.  Since 2013, Jerry Freedner has built upon a series of photographs, Tribute to the Farmers, that illustrate his respect and deep appreciation for the farm land of the Hudson Valley.  Bearing little resemblance to a photograph, Freedner transcends the documentary nature of his medium with painterly techniques that create an overall softness to his dream-like perspective.   These landscapes serve as gentle reminders of how the delicate balance of nature is threatened by our choices made daily.

Artists in this show

Kahn & Selesnick


Hazel, Sunflower, Clematis, Salamander, 2015

Patrick, Wild Rose, French Horn , 2015

Alessandro, Duckweed, Poe, 2015

Joshua, Day Lily, Octopus , 2015

Patrick, Wild Rose, Spider Monkey, 2015

Baron Samedi, 2015

Bat Dance, 2015

Bogman, 2015

Closer, 2015

Florae, 2015

Oak-Man Falls, 2015

Queen Anne's Lace, 2015

Taylor, Rose, Raspberry, 2015

Nicholas, Paper Boats, Moon, 2015

Nicholas, Pear, Blindfold , 2015

Alexis, Elderflower, Lamb, 2015

Taylor, Butterfly Bush, Pear, 2015

Melora, Dames Rocket, Marsh Grass, 2015

Kevin, Smokebush, Dragonfly , 2015

Charlotte, Apricot, Thrush, 2015

Krisjan, Dames Rocket, Beech Marten, 2015

Melora, Pansy, Leaf Insect, 2015

Joshua, Bleeding Heart, Lamb , 2015

Alessandro, False Indigo, Morpho Blue Butterfly, 2015

Jonathan, Bracken Fern, Apple, 2015

Alexis, Elderflower, Lamb, 2015

Garrett, Queen Anne's Lace, Apple, 2015

David Halliday


Green Tomatoes & Blueberries, 2007

Bougainvilleas, 2012

Zucchini and Tangerines, 2007

Cucumbers and Kohlrabi, 2013

Fish on Blue, 2013

Purple Hydrangea, 2009

Birgit Blyth


Untitled XXI, 2015

Untitled 1, 2015

Untitled 2, 2015

Marathon Series 1, 2015

Marathon Series 2 , 2015

Marathon Series 3, 2015

Marathon Series 4 , 2015

Marathon Series 5, 2015
 

Eric Lindbloom


Seascapes #16, N. Truro, MA, 2002

Seascapes #22, Provincetown, MA, 2009

Seascapes #24, N. Truro, MA, 2010

No. 39345, 1999

No. 39355, 1999

No. 40085, 1999

Pine Woods #17

Pine Woods #28

Pine Woods #44

Gail Peachin


2B, 2015

6A, 2015

7A, 2015

4A, 2015

5B, 2015

6B, 2015

7B, 2015

8B, 2015

10B, 2015

5A, 2015

1A, 2014
 

Jeri Eisenberg


Lakeshore, Chicago No. 3, 2009

Pinwheels, 2013

Lakeshore, Chicago No. 2, 2004

Gathering Seeds, 2013

Loon Lake No.4, 2006
 

Jerry Freedner


Farm Field 15, 2015

Farm Field 13, 2015

Farm Field 11, 2015

Newbold Bohemia


The Good Wife, 2012 - 2013

Widow Maker, 2012 - 2013

Pages of a Magazine, 2012 - 2013

Dream Vacation, 2012-13
   

Robert Hite


Black Willow Tower

Picket House

Upper Place, 2012

Mudflat House, 2006

Migration House, 2007
 

Stephanie Blumenthal


Blue 762, 2015

Blue Black, 2015

Vine in Snow, 2015

Vine in Forest, 2015

Red Square, 2015

Light Blue Square, 2015

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