In our main gallery
Roving near and far, a group of
artists explores one of the most documented subjects in the history of
photography: the landscape. And each of them sees it very differently
from their predecessors. There is no Ansel Adams in this group. Though
some of these image-makers use the same large wooden field camera that
Adams did. But man, they kept driving when they saw Half Dome.
Tom Hawkins flew as far
as Bonaire, an island in the Netherlands Antilles chain, off the coast
of Venezuela. One third of the island is devoted to the harvest of
salt, and the huts of the colonial era slaves who worked the salt pans
are preserved within the modern salt production facilities. Hawkins’
pictures inform us that sometimes the marks of our cultivation are both
beautiful and terrifying.
Local artist Chris McCaw,
might as well have gone to the moon to make his “Sunburn” photographs,
which are experiments in starting fires inside his camera. Many of the
places he documents are familiar to us, Joshua Tree National Park, the
Golden Gate, the Marin Headlands, and yet they are transformed into an
alien landscape that features multiple suns and often beautifully
augmented skies with a streak of a comet burning it’s way across the
picture plane, smoke included.
Elizabeth Mellott’s Lovescapes embrace the bittersweet reality of courtship by exposing an
atmosphere of melancholy and uncertainty. Intangible landscapes
demonstrate a dream-like world and delicate figures, created by ghostly
photograms, remind us of the fragility of ourselves. They unfold before
us, literally, in the form of tiny accordion books.
Kristopher Stallworth finds himself in Bakersfield, California, after growing up in Austria
and Kansas. It could be shock that drives him to document the edge of
town that is constantly shifting, as new subdivisions and industry
spring up. He hopes to capture the transformation of the land in his
series of night photographs called Periphery.
Charity Vargas of San
Francisco is another photographer that finds herself out after dark,
stalking the changes, some subtle, some overt, in the Presidio in San
Clay Harmon, from
Texas, read Cormack McCarthy’s The Road, and the next thing he knew, he
was photographing the end of the world in his “roadscapes”. And then
making giant platinum prints that are so beautiful, that the end
doesn’t seem so scary after all.
Melissa Fleming’s work
has always been inspired by the natural world. Attracted to the duality
of the danger and beauty of the ocean, she began to photograph the
waves at night, a time when the ocean feels the most unknown and
un-navigable. Waves visualize the power of the ocean and in the black
void of night the swirls of white in Sentient hint at that unseen
energy we know in our minds to be present.
Noah Beil’s color landscape photographs explore mankind’s modifications of the
earth’s surface, questioning whether this reshaping should be
considered destructive or decorative.
Hendrik Paul, an MFA
student at the San Francisco Art Institute, seeks images where
different dimensions meet: where land meets water, where the manmade
meets nature or where this world meets the beyond. His passion lies in
finding this edge where something ends and something else begins. The
viewer finds himself torn between the two worlds revealed in the image.
originally from Sweden, started working on her series, Seasons of
Light, as a search for distinguishing things - from leaf to leaf, the
moods of colors, forms and motions as well as the impact of Mother
Nature through the four seasons. She was astonished to realize that
capturing the expressions of the leaves was very much like discovering
At low-tide, Kelli Knack,
is at the beach, making her lyrical photographs of the place where the
water meets the land. Then she painstakingly hand-colors each gelatin
silver print and it’s as if the viewer is standing in the most golden
sunrise of their lives.
And last, but not least, K. Features went underground and photographed the most stunning and strange
stalactites and stalagmites that were ever formed. Leading us to places
indeed that few people, let along an artist with a giant camera, have
Come see this show which embraces every
process of photography from platinum and silver prints to c-prints and
digital prints and even a combination of the old and new media. This is
the landscape revisited. And not one picture of Yosemite, not even
In our side gallery
Featured in the side gallery is the work of local photographers Bryan Alberstat, Arthur Cohen, Daniel Grant, and Steven Hight as well as a great talent found at Fotofest in Houston: David Eisenlord.
All these image-makers also interpret the landscape genre in varied and
beautiful ways. Come see their creations this summer and be inspired to
see the world a little bit differently.