Today I had an open house and reception for the presentation of this project.
It was very well received and gratifying to talk to so many people about my work and its evolution over the last 12 years.
The exhibition prints can be found in the project Pictures Within Pictures - Abstract Walls And Triptychs for viewing and purchase. The artist's statement can be found below.
I have moved to a place in my work where it has become imperative to talk to people about what I am doing. The complexity of this project and the efforts spent getting it to the point of presentation are not readily apparent. Yet every person interested enough in listening were impressed and came away with a greater appreciation of the work.
That was a remarkably satisfying experience, to have my work understood or at least appreciated for what it was.
Often, we take a picture and assume that is enough. We say to ourselves, “I took that picture, and there is nothing more to consider.”
But sometimes within a picture, we see other pictures that seem as important as the larger one. Somehow what we thought of as a simple complete image is now an abundant collection of other images, all woven into a larger one. Many of these pictures-within-a-picture demand to stand on their own, apart from the larger image.Only by slowly appreciating what is in front of us can we see within the picture. Some prints, like these, contain many embedded smaller pictures that draw us deeper.
This exhibition is about that very subject of seeing within a particular picture (and experience) and seeing something more.
The photographic basis of this exhibit is a series of canyon wall images captured during excursions in the southwest US. They were collected over several years.
The initial attractions in each scene were the lines and forms in the canyon walls. The initial colors were very muted to my eye but became more apparent in the studio and were brought to life there.
As this project developed, there was first the choosing and processing of the larger image. As I sat with each larger image, over time I gradually saw more within each. The number of elements that could be made into additional prints began to become overwhelming. I decided to reduce the number of elements to three. From those three I created each triptych.
A triptych is a group of three images that are made into a panel with each image separate from the others. Each image can be on the same print or separated into three separate prints that are shown as a series of three. In this case I chose the former to unify them in an inseparable way.
Each image within the triptych was then processed to become harmonious with its two companion images. One larger image has now produced three others that are combined into a new three-fold image.
As I processed this project, movement was added to the otherwise still forms and then the colors were developed to fit my experience. The forms were again transformed in a way that brought each initial image to a level of abstraction, making it was more difficult to readily see what the origin of each print was.
In each case, the triptych was further processed to show movement through each of the three images, unifying them. Each triptych remains a whole much like the larger image from which they were derived.
Sometimes areas or elements within an image are as important as the larger image. This can be difficult to fully understand. How can a part of an image be as important as the larger image? The whole is more important than the parts…right?
This exhibit offers a different perspective, where parts are as important as the whole.
So, it is with seeing more than is readily apparent with a hasty and casual viewing.
Seeing within the obvious is a common goal in a contemplative orientation to life. Here I express that idea and experience in my art.
This exhibition is the result of over 1 year of work.