On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, The G2 Gallery will present Nature LA: Cheryl Medow, a solo exhibit of photo montage works highlighting the wildlife of Africa.
Often, when confronted with Cheryl Medow’s images, viewers are unable to discern whether they are looking at paintings or photographs. Medow accumulates images of wildife and their habitats, layering them to create works that are evocations of Natural History Museum dioramas. Wildlife is almost always the focal point of her images. To achieve this style, she first photographs the big cats and the brilliant plumiage of birds in mating season. Then, after separately shooting the landscape and the flora of the area, she adds them to the original image to provide context and a rather dreamy sense of place to her animal subject. The montage aspect is rounded out with bits of relevant ephemera such as maps and postage stamps. Medow’s final product raises comparisons to works by early 19th century naturalist paintings with images like her award-winning Botswana Roller referred to as “hyper-real Audubon” by G2 Gallery director and curator Jolene Hanson.
An opening reception for Cheryl Medow will take place on Saturday, April 7, from 6:30–9:00 PM. All proceeds from art sales will benefit the Sierra Club.