Waterlines: An Exhibit by John C Alfano at KSP Gallery

John C Alfano: Waterlines
August 14–September 10, 2014
Reception: August 16 1:00–4:00PM
Keeble & Shuchat Gallery

Artist’s Statement: Lots of lines in life, no? They seem to come in pretty handy as we go about dividing reality into “this” and “that”. From the mathematical, with no thickness and infinite length, to colored lines that must not be crossed (also applies to those drawn in sand); lines in the middle of the road, lines drawn on maps, complex lines on a circuit board to simple “leading” lines in a photograph; and not as obvious, those we create in our minds and then act as if they are real…

Waterlines are interesting lines, especially for sailors; for one can say with a knowing smile, that these lines are where a sailor’s hopes and dreams meet water. From the  Tao Te Ching: “Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better; It has no equal.” Waterlines represent a tension that always gets resolved one way, sooner or later. Of course, this does nothing to dissuade us from trying to preserve those lines…

This new project represents a departure from my landscape work in terms of subject matter, but still reflects an approach I have been exploring for some time now, where I explore a given subject over a short period of time – a week, a day, or just a few hours, with some sort of limitation to make things interesting. The images that became “Waterlines” were captured in 3 trips to a single dock in Monterey, each visit lasting no more than an hour. A single walk out and back, with a fixed lens.
Link to website: www.johnalfano.com