2006 NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION SELECTIONS
The photographers featured in our October exhibition were the top three selections from our 2006 National Juried Exhibition, juried by Christopher Rauschenberg and Jennifer Stoots.
On an intimate level the photographs in The Garden are intended to be an expression of the wonder encountered by each of us as we explore the complexities of the contemporary natural experience.
For many years my concerns as an artist have centered on the relationship between nature and culture. With the birth of our twins Ethan and Lily in 2002, the lives of my children have occupied a growing portion of my creative activity. The quiet instances of discovery and revelation I observe as they each attempt to define their own individual relationship with the natural world are the moments I value most as both an artist and father. Using the metaphor of the garden to represent both nature and creation, I hope to explore the notion that we are all simultaneously part of, and separate from, this process.
ALONG THE ROAD
In my younger years the annual summer road trips my family took here and there were spent mostly with my eyes toward the window daydreaming and staring at the blurry road and all the endless window-framed scenes. Falling asleep this way, and after having dreamt and drooled, I was soon awakened by the road itself. The car would hit a bump and my head would smack against the window. Or, the car would slow through a curve, heed a warning sign, or stop for gas, conform to traffic, street signs and lights, or stall. And I would continue to stare simply for the lack of nothing better to do. To the left and right, behind and ahead of the car, came and went multifarious scenes in a Doppler-like effect.
After recognizing that a majority of recent years’ pictures were taken along the road’s side, and after searching for a project with broader subject matter, it became plain to see where I should be pointing the camera. In the course of what will inevitably be a long-term project, I hope to present to the viewer scenes from the road that would not draw any immediate attention, but only sustained afterthoughts, and perhaps, after passing, cause one to gather plots and storylines.