Reverie & Rhapsody

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In Passage © Susan Burnstine
Thorn Girl, 2009 © Susan Kae Grant
Great Clock of Gormenghast, 1999 © Beth Moon
Reverie & Rhapsody

219 East Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
August 28th, 2009 - November 7th, 2009
Opening: August 28th, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



Gallery Talk with Beth Moon and Susan Burnstine
Friday, August 28, 3-4pm

Gallery Talk with Susan kae Grant and Sarah Alexander
Saturday, August 29, 2-4pm

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the country, widely published throughout the world and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and winner of numerous awards including B&W Magazine’s 2008 Portfolio Spotlight Award.

These images are shot on film with homemade medium format cameras and homemade lenses, primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. Effects are created entirely IN-camera. No photoshop post-processing techniques are used to achieve effects.

Images are scanned and individually printed by Susan with ultrachrome K3 inks on archival, acid free, 100% rag, fine art paper and hand coated with giclee varnish. This unique combination of Museo paper and giclee varnish doubles the life of the original print to approximately 250-275 years when stored and cared for appropriately. Prints are signed and numbered on the back.

"Night Journey" Statement: by Susan kae Grant

"Night Journey" embodies the collaboration of artistic creativity and sleep laboratory methodology in the exploration of REM sleep, dreams, memory, and the unconscious. The work is composed of a series of intriguingly haunting large-scale images that recreate the fragmented and multi sensorial experience of dreaming. The inspiration for the project came from the artist's desire to conduct an inquiry into the subconscious dream-state, which led to her experiences sleeping as a subject in a sleep laboratory. The series now takes two different forms; a suite of lushly printed black & white Iris prints and a room-size installation of 24, 4'x8' digital murals printed on sheer chiffon fabric juxtaposed with a sound track of whispered phrases.

To produce the work for both versions, Grant collaborated with John Herman, PhD, at the sleep research laboratory of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Using her self as subject, the artist was tape recorded for a series of nights while awakened from REM sleep and immediately questioned in detail. Grant used the tapes of these dream narrative interviews as inspiration to create the imagery for the series.

The shadow gestures depicted in the images suggest a fragmented narrative as they shift in and out of focus signifying the impermanent quality of the dream-state. To create the gestures and narratives inspired by the dream recordings, Grant photographs shadows of models and props in the studio. The negatives, made optically using a 4"x5" view camera, are scanned, manipulated and output digitally. The most recent are 37"x47" digital Iris prints on Somerset Velvet printmaker's paper.

"Night Journey" represents the culmination research conducted from 1993-2000 focusing on the fact that through REM sleep awakenings, the unconscious can be brought into immediate and vivid consciousness. In order to access the unconscious, Grant received funding to sleep, as a subject in the UT Southwestern sleep laboratory in 1993 and 1994. The room-size installation version of "Night Journey" opened in the spring of 2000 at the 5501 Columbia Art Center in Dallas and has traveled to six venues. In 2001, Grant began working on a suite of Iris prints with the intention of completing 100 images and seeking a publisher for a monograph, titled "Night Journey", which will include both images and essays.

The "Night Journey" series examines the perceptual and psychological aspects of the dream-state and provides a pictorial access to the unconscious. It raises universal questions among viewers and re-creates an unexplainable experience all humans share.

Beth Moon was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Although she was a fine art major at the University of Wisconsin, she is a self-taught photographer. Her interest in photography was discovered somewhat indirectly over the course of time.

Beth was designing women's clothing under her own label and needed photographs of her line. Each season, she would hire photographers to photograph her new designs until she decided to do it herself. "I never looked back," she recalls. Beth later sold the company and continued to purse her photographic interests, experimenting with various printing methods. The majority of her work today employs the Mike Ware platinum printing method that she learned while living in England.

Beth returned to the United States seven years ago, and lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.