Jeri Eisenberg

Jeri Eisenberg works primarily with non-traditional and alternative photo-based techniques. She represses or subverts traditional photography's emphasis on the representational qualities of the medium, and emphasizes instead the medium's expressive nature. She employs a strong sense of materiality and seductive surfaces in her work, to evoke sense memories and visceral connections. Her work steadfastly serves as an affirmation of beauty in the everyday natural world, but is tinged with the bittersweet - a reminder of the temporal condition, and an elegy for life.
Eisenberg's long term series, 'A Sojourn in Seasons', consists of five chapters - one in black and white and four seasonal chapters in color. The large-scale, abstracted images of the treed landscape in this series are captured with an oversized pinhole or defocused lens. The images are usually segmented and presented as diptychs, triptychs or quads, printed on long panels of Japanese Kozo paper and infused with encaustic medium. The final presentation of translucent panels hang from acrylic bars with magnets, floating off the wall, casting shadows, and moving gently with air currents in a room. Eisenberg began this series as her father was losing both his vision and his memory. As the images fade in and out of recognizable form, they echo our ephemeral grasp on life.
Photo of Jeri Eisenberg

Seeking Solace


"This suite of images reflects more dissonance than most of my past botanical work. It's hard to ignore the state of our nation and the world at large, both of which seem to be shifting in ways that are unprecedented in my lifetime. Finding equilibrium amidst such deep cross currents is not always possible, but I continue to look for balance and calm in the natural world around me."

This group is a selection from the series. Additional images are available upon request.



New Botanicals


Songs of the Sky, Revisited


“In looking at my photographs of clouds, people seem freer to think about the relationships in the pictures than about the subject-matter for its own sake.” – Alfred Stieglitz

The skies present an endless and ever-new canvas on which to project ourselves and our emotions. I am interested in the expressive nature of photography: my job, as I see it, is to present a piece of the world, and by conveying how I see it, to tell you something more, something about my internal state of being. But always the drive is to say, ‘stop for a moment, consider this, feel its wonder, its awe’. With full acknowledgment to Stieglitz and his Equivalents (Songs of the Sky was his original title for that historic work), this series furthers my own inquiry into the possibility of abstracted images being able to convey inarticulable emotions, and attempts to capture the ephemeral nature of beauty.

This group is a selection from the series. Additional images are available upon request.



Traces, After Anna


'Traces (After Anna)', is based on cyanotype photograms. The images are the shadows left behind by the weeds, seeds, grasses and vines gathered on walks in the vicinity of Eisenberg's rural upstate New York home. The cyanotype photograms are scanned, sometimes inverted, and printed on long panels of Japanese Kozo paper. They are infused with encaustic medium and often embellished with silver leaf, pigments, threads or beads. For Eisenberg, the pieces echo the physical world's eternal cycles and memories of loved ones passed - memories that are often vague or fractured, with only small glints of bright light to try to hold on to.

This group is a selection from the series. Additional images are available upon request.



Warm Waters Series


"I grew up near the ocean. Not on the ocean, or by the ocean, but close enough so that many long, languid summer days of my childhood were spent there with family, jumping waves and playing in the sand. Adolescence may have changed my companions on the beach blankets, but the ocean remained the backdrop of many halcyon days of warm water and warmer sand. I no longer live near the ocean, but its power and beauty still beckon. Its rhythms are eternal; its majesty, even when cruel, undeniable. This series looks, with perhaps a bit of nostalgia, at the ocean’s cresting and crashing waves, as well as its more tranquil blue/green swells."

These images are first printed with water-soluble, dye-based inks. This lets me brush or spray the printed images with water to make the dyes run in selected areas. It gives the imagery a very unusual quality as the dyes puddle and pool, and hues that lie just below the surface are brought forward to alter the photographic nature of the initial imagery. Those altered prints are then scanned, printed on long panels of Japanese Kozo paper with archival pigment inks (which are not water soluble), and then infused with molten encaustic medium. This makes the final pieces translucent in highlight areas and allows the work to hang without glazing.

This group is a selection from the series. Additional images are available upon request.



Crabapples


This group is a selection from the series. Additional images are available upon request.



Approaching Equinox


Summer Greens


After Equinox


Black/White


Kozo Prints on Acrylic Panels


Kozo Prints infused with Encaustic


Other Works


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Individual and Two Person Shows:

2017 Gilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, Idaho

2015 Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas (Solo)

Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Solo)

2014 Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee (Solo)

2013 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington (Solo)

2012 Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, California (Solo)

Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, California (Two Person Show)

Putnam Gallery, The Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire (Solo)

2011 Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, New York (Solo)

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas (Solo)

Griffin Museum, Winchester, Massachusetts (Solo)

2010 Spheris Gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire (Two Person Show)

2009 Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, California (Solo)

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas (Solo)

Lanoue Fine Art, Boston (Solo)

2008 Benham Gallery, Seattle, Washington (Two Person Show)

Galerie BMG, Woodstock, New York (Solo)

2007 Gallery Saintonge, Missoula, Montana (Solo)

Exposed Gallery of Art Photography, Delmar, New York (Solo)

2006 Julie Kinzelman Art, Houston, Texas (Solo)

Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York (Two Person Show)

2005 Galerie BMG, Woodstock, New York (Solo)

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York (Solo)

2004 Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, New York (Solo)

Siena College, Loudonville, New York (Solo)

2003 Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, New York (Solo)

Adirondack Lakes Art Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York (Solo)

2001 Perella Gallery, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, New York (Solo)

Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, New York (Two Person Show)

Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, New York (Solo)

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York (Solo)

Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho (Solo)

2000 University of La Vern, La Vern, California (Solo)

1999 Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, New York (Two Person Show)

Kleinert/James Gallery, Woodstock, New York (Two Person Show)

Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, New York (Solo)

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York (Solo)

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Two Person Show)

1998 Saratoga County Arts Council Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York (Two Person Show)

Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, New York (Two Person Show)

LRC Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York (Solo)

1996 Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (Solo)

Selected Group Shows:

2019 Petal Power: Hope Springs Eternal, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Westchester, NY

On the Shelf, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

View Find 8, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

In Bloom, Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2018 Bright and Beautiful, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY

Deck the Walls, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX

Portfolio: Holiday 2018, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Common Ground, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

Photography, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

View Find 7, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Depth of Field 2018, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Photosynthesis, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

Dialogues: Medium and Materiality, New Arts Center, Newton, MA

Sozo Collection, Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2017 Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

Summer Selections, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

New Arrivals, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

Perceptions Made Finer, Furchgott Sourdiffe, Gallery, Shelburne, VT

Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

Review, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Stockholm AAF, Four Square Fine Arts, Stockholm

London Art Fair, Four Square Fine Arts, London

Photography + Iterations, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

The 12th Annual Fete, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY

Photographs, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2015 Review, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

UnBound4!, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

Summer Portfolio, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Running the Gamut, Furchgott/Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburn, VT

35th Anniversary Show, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

Conspicuous Nature, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

2014 Winter Arboretum, Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

Gallery Artists, Corden/Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Photography, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Mohawk-Hudson Regional, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

Recent Work, Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

Flowers, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

Summer Selections, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT

2013 Multiple Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Collection, Albany Institute of History and Art, NY

Summer Portfolio, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Three Person Show)

A Few of My Favorite Things, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA

Rejuvenation, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburn, VT (Featured Artist)

Have a Nice Day, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID

Soft Focus, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Wax is Hot, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT

2012 Snail Mail, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Small Packages, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

Encaustic Works 2012 Invitational, R&F Gallery, Kingston NY

Photograph: New Work, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Deck the Walls, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX

2011 Fotografias – Colecao Joaquim Paiva, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Women Photographers: Selections from the LUAG Teaching Collection, Lehigh University, PA

Deck the Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX

Massively Small, JGO Gallery, Park City, UT

Portfolio I: Gallery Artists, Corden Potts Gallery, Sa n Francisco, CA

Mark 10, Martin-Mullen Gallery, State University of New York at Oneonta, NY

20/20, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT

Summer Sampler, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 Invitational II, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

Encaustics: Wax and Image, Westchester Comm. College Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY

Polaroids, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Then & Now: Jeri Eisenberg, Mimi Graminski and Iona Park, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY Smoke and Mirrors, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID

Simple Gifts, Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT

2009 Deck the Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX

Small Packages 15, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

One of a Kind, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, New York

New Artists, New Work, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

See & Be Seen II, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID

Everchanging Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

Other Nature, Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

2008 Fall – Redux, Chiaroscuro Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Small Packages 14, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

On Location, Wallspace, Seattle, WA

Found at FotoFest, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX

Some Wonderful Things, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

2007 (20) Views, Wallspace, Seattle, WA

Summer Selections and Winter Group Show, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2006 Trees, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA

Alternatives, Exposed Gallery, Delmar, NY

Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Catskill Center for Conservation, Arkville, NY

Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY (Three Person Show)

Picture Perfect, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

Summer Show, Naoussa Gallery, Tyringham, MA

28th Annual Photography Regional, Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany, NY

2005 Encaustic Works, Dorsky Museum, State University at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

Inaugural Regional Triennial, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY (Three Person Show)

Winter Woods, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT

SNAP: Contemporary Photography, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT (Three Person Show)

Into the Woods, Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill, NY

2004 Out of the Woods, Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery, Hunter, NY

2003 Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

2002 Smaller Than a Breadbox, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

Cornucopia, Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery,