In Sally Apfelbaum: Photographs, Photograms and Paintings, a 25-year retrospective at the Vermont Center for Photography, artist Sally Apfelbaum exhibits 30 photographs, photograms and paintings made between 1987 and 2012.
With subjects that range from New York's Ellis Island and upstate forests to Monet's garden in Giverny, France, Apfelbaum uses multiple exposure techniques in her photographs that isolate and recombine basic elements of color, focus, horizon line, motion and distance. Her process of mingling layer upon layer of information creates the suggestion of shifts in perception, memory and time—and spaces that are at once believable and engaging, yet ephemeral and invented.
Her photograms (or “cameraless photos”), on the other hand, reflect her appreciation of familiar household objects, taken out of context to reveal the elaborate shapes and patterns found in such simple items as metal coffee filters, rug beaters and pie plates. Photographs, Photograms and Paintings also includes contact print “still lifes” of small-scale models—based on the shapes of common vegetables. Her paintings are based on photographs, and make reference to the Victorian era language of flowers.
Sally Apfelbaum: Photographs, Photograms and Paintings is on view August 3-September 2, 2012 at the Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro, Vt. Opening reception: August 3 First Friday Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm. Information: 802-251-6051, www.vcphoto.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.sallyapfelbaum.net.