Orogenesis refers to the immense forces within the Earth that create remarkable yet ephemeral mountains. Garmezy has always been captivated by mountain landscapes and the elemental forces that both build them and subsequently carve them into the shapes, patterns, and textures surrounding us. Mountains, once formed, are constantly modified by ice and snow, wind and rain. A fusion of forces, weathering, and time, uniquely marks each landscape. Orogenesis is his first solo exhibition and is significant to the artist because it marks the 30 year anniversary of his career as a geologist with Shell Oil.
"In the mountains I truly come alive and endeavor to translate this feeling and the calm it brings directly into my work," Garmezy said. Through digital deconstruction of details in original photographic images, the fundamental form and texture, color and light emerge in Garmezy’s work. Seeing patterns in the natural world is an offshoot of Garmezy’s geologic background and much of his work captures the unusual and subtle patterns he finds at every scale of observation from the microscopic to the grand panorama.
Although raised in the flat plains of Minnesota, Garmezy’s fondest memories began in the mountain states of the west. "To this day, I can close my eyes and return to every mountain range, valley, stream or snowfield I have traversed over the past 50 years," he said. Garmezy attended undergraduate school in the mountains of central Massachusetts and graduate school in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. He discovered a love for geology and photography along the way. Since 1983 he has enjoyed a rewarding career, living in the coastal plains of Texas as a geologist with Shell Oil. "This work has given me the opportunity to travel around the world, solving complex problems and gaining a deeper understanding of the complex interactions that create the earth we live on," Garmezy said.
Garmezy’s art career began in earnest in 2007. His work has been exhibited in juried shows in Seattle and Houston and numerous venues in the Houston area, including a public commission in Bellaire. He has been a member of Archway Gallery since November 2011.