I=EYE=You April 10–May 14, 2014 Reception: April 26 1:30–4:30PM Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement:I=EYE (the artist-creator) joins the You=EYE (the viewer of art objects) to interpret art co-equally according to respective, often variant interpretations. This exhibit offers a broad spectrum of images embodying a challenge to the imagination.
Electing bold colors, I play with cross-relationships reflected in layered, conflicting planes that portray baffling visual-events. Perplexity abounds: In the picture above, a blue ovoid nestles on a mysterious orange field. Is it an egg? You are invited to decide. The orange artifact, whatever it might mean, contrasts sharply with my photograph of a vintage kimono, an early endeavor, which contains elements appearing in later visions as joyful or sometimes foreboding leitmotifs.
Relying on life experience including travel and music for inspiration as well as computer applications for facilitation, I have watched my pictures evolve from surrealism to occasional abstract impressionism.
This and that best summarizes the compositional diversity of my visions: coconuts, travertine tile, bluestone, crosses, an industrial vacuum connector, stylized drainage cloth, birds, angels, masks, photographs, inanimate objects encountered haphazardly–all appear in a fantasy world transcending time and reality.
Night Light February 13–March 12, 2014 Reception: February 15 1:00PM–4:00PM Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement: For over 25 years, Menlo Park photographer Richard Phillips has been venturing out after dark to capture the nocturnal landscape. He is inspired by film noir’s use of light and shadow to convey mood. Regarding the scenes he photographs as “movie sets,” Phillips leaves plot and actors to the viewer’s imagination.
A 1985 workshop in Seattle sparked his interest in night photography. On a field trip, photographing late in the day, he focused his lens on a neon sign — and was instantly hooked by the pure glowing colors. For the next 15 years, he sought out neon-lit scenes, some of which are included in this exhibition.
The black and white images shown here include more recent work, further exploring the power of light and shadow. Most of these photographs are from locations around the Bay Area.
Says Phillips “I hope that you will see how familiar and ordinary places are transformed when viewed in a different light – Night Light.”
January 9–February 12, 2014 Reception: January 18 2:00—5:00PM Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement: The photographs selected by Nasrollah Akhavi for the Keeble & Shuchat Gallery represent a combination of images from his native homeland Iran, travels to other countries and his home in California.
His love for traveling and inquisitive spirit allows him the ability to educate himself about others, their culture and the environment in which they live. He also has a profound passion for photographing nature in its natural and untouched state which is exemplified in his work. He finds studio photography a different type of artistic freedom which allows him to experiment with his own lighting techniques to create an image he envisioned.
The photographs in this exhibit were taken with various camera formats, film and digital, and were printed digitally.
Finding Beauty in the Beast December 12, 2013–January 8, 2014 Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement: From the graceful contours of wings in mid-flight to the splendid mosaic of scaled skin, photographer Michael Kern reveals elements of art brought to life. What began as a childhood fascination with reptiles and amphibians has evolved into a worldwide renowned collection of nature photography and a commitment to conservation.
Michael’s vivid images have captivated readers of many prominent nature magazines, calendars, and journals. His images have also been utilized and are on display at several of the leading museums around the globe including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the British Museum of Natural History.
Michael has been photographing exotic and endangered animals of all kinds for more than a decade. Working with conservation organizations, breeders, zoos, and in the field, his work has been published in numerous books, magazines, and calendars bringing attention and support to these endangered species.
Artist’s Statement: This is a ShootAir group photography exhibition. Most members of this group are of Japanese background and live in the Bay Area. We hold quarterly workshops, inviting San Francisco-based Japanese photographer Hiroyo Kaneko as the group’s instructor.
“You, Me, In-between” exhibits color and black-and-white photographs from various members of the group. The photographic content varies from landscapes to snapshots. “You” represents a viewer’s face, while “me” represents a photographer, through photos of objects “in between.” A photographer (“me”) faces the photographic subject, attempting to capture “something” between them in a photo. On the other side, a viewer (“you”) faces the photographer, trying to find or understand the “something” in the photo that the photographer has captured. “You” and “me” are thus connected through the photos of the “some things” “in between.”
From the Beginning: 20 Years of Digital Photography September 21–October 19, 2013 Keeble & Shuchat Learning Center Gallery
Stephen Johnson is internationally recognized as a “digital photography pioneer” with a unique artistic vision often referred to as a “new realism.” His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and ABC Discovery News, among many others. His books include At Mono Lake, the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland, Making a Digital Book and Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan.
In 1994 he embarked on With A New Eye, the ground breaking all digital photographic look at American National Parks. Steve was recognized by Apple Computer in 1997 with a ColorSync Profiling Excellence Award. In 1999, Folio Magazine declared the publication of Johnson’s digital photographs in Life Magazine to be one of the Top 15 Critical Events in magazine publishing in the twentieth century. In 2003 he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Canon named Steve as one of their Explorers of Light in 2006 and sponsors speaking engagements with him around the country. In 2007 X-Rite named Stephen as a founding member of their exclusive Coloratti group of photographers and educators honored for their skills in color management.
Steve’s consulting experience in digital photography puts him in the singular position of photographing with a camera he had deep influence on, editing with software he played real roles in expanding and customizing, printing on printers he helped design, on paper he did design. His has been a truly remarkable career journey, pioneering a level of involvement in the development of the tools of his trade that may be unprecedented.
Stephen is well-known for his passionate lectures and deep love for the traditions of fine photography. His photography Studios, Galleries and Education Center are located in Pacifica, California. Steve offers hands-on workshops in his studio, throughout the US and internationally.
September 12 through October 8, 2013 Reception: September 25 2-4 PM
Polar Bears Of Churchill, Manitoba: A Photographer’s Perspective. Each fall, polar bears congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for it to freeze. After fasting on land for months, they’re eager to hunt ringed seals on the bay ice. Join wildlife photographer and world traveler Jim Liskovec for a show of 35 prints from his eight-day adventure, photographing the polar bears in Churchill, on the western shore of Hudson Bay. Jim shares his experiences exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area by “tundra buggy”, giving a close-up view of his encounters with 60-80 bears, as well as other species such as Arctic fox, Arctic hare, and Willow ptarmigan. Learn about polar bears’ unique adaptations to the fierce cold and how Arctic warming threatens the survival of these majestic animals.
Wildlife of Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve:Close encounters. A companion group of 12 prints will be on display from his many years of photographing at Rancho San Antonio. The park and preserve are very popular with hikers, runners and walkers. As a result the mammals and birds are more comfortable with people, allowing close encounters.
August 15 through September 11, 2013 Reception: August 17 2-5 PM
Places, Spaces, Marks & Arcs exhibits color and black & white photographs by Bay Area artist Glenn Edens. Places shares his passion for the natural landscape and the unique beauty of the American West. Spaces explores his fascination with architecture and constructed spaces. Marks examines signage and the defacing act of graffiti as art. Arcs presents a fanciful study of pure light and color.
Glenn works in a variety of media besides photography, including drawing, watercolor, acrylics, typography, sound and film. His journey and passion for photography began at an early age. By thirteen he had built his first darkroom and twenty years ago he began experimenting with digital imaging. Photography has been a constant part of his life. An aspect of Glenn’s life and art is that he’s partially sighted, giving him a unique perspective on the visual arts.
His art and design is in private collections and museums, including the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He began his career aspiring to be an architect, however in the early seventies he was drawn to computers and the dawning digital age we now take for granted. His non-art career includes invention of the laptop computer, creation of the first digital audio editing workstation and work at industrial research laboratories such as Xerox PARC. Keeping one foot in high tech and one in art he’s run an urban symphony orchestra and helped establish the 01sj biennial art festival. His professional photographic work includes scientific, industrial and product photography as well as teaching workshops, fine art printing and print sales.
His work is influenced by the intersection of art and science, traditional art training, a career in technology, and admiration for artists such as Ansel Adams, Minor White, Alain Briot, Charles and Ray Eames, Marc Chagall, Edvard Munch and Georgia O’Keefe. Glenn believes that, “Art and science are intertwined: art informs science while science makes art possible.” The exhibit at the Keeble and Shuchat Gallery features work created with digital imaging systems and a few works from scanned film.
July 11 through August 14, 2013 Reception: July 20 1-4 PM
Jerry Welch was born and raised in Mustang, Oklahoma, a small town near Oklahoma City. He moved to California for college, first to L.A. and then settling in the Bay Area. He studied Ecology and Fisheries Management at San Jose State University. In 1997 he left his graduate program to go work for a (then) small internet company by the name of Yahoo!.
Like many kids he developed and interest in photography in high school, but it remained a casual interest until around the late 90s. Since that time he has worked with both analog and digital, 35mm and 4×5.
In 2002 Jerry took a workshop over near Mono Lake from Stuart Scofield. This turned out to be a watershed event in his thinking about photography. That workshop led to others and eventually Jerry began assisting in Stuarts workshops.
His show at Keeble & Shuchat represents work spanning 15 years and representing wide range of subject matter and techniques.