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Artist's Reception: Emmet Gowin & Richard Benson at Jackson Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

EMMET GOWIN:Photographs
RICHARD BENSON:North South East West

EXHIBITION DATES: April 19 - July 27, 2013

Friday, April 19th
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Emmet Gowin and Richard Benson are both artists and educators who have for years influenced the medium and its future. An unmistakable truth lies in both artists works and their legacy has been passed through them to a new generation of photographers.

Gowin has enjoyed a 50 year career in photography. A student himself of an earlier photography icon, Harry Callahan, Gowin's work is both powerful and touching. Weather intimate imagery of his family, his wife and muse Edith, or arial views of the landscape affected by the hand of man we experience a sense of closeness to the subject. The work envelops, fascinates with an innate sense of knowing. Perhaps this truth is due to the fact that for Gowin the images he takes are more than portraits of his subjects or views of the world around him they are in fact reflections on his own identity, for as Gowin has said " . . .whatever picture an artist makes, it is in part a picture of himself . . ." (Jackson). 

The quality of Gowin's prints is clean and clear, carefully crafted to balance between between dynamism and stability. We find an easy and playful parallel between two boys and a pair of turkeys inBarry, Dwayne and Turkeys, Danville, Virginia, 1970, a seductive rhythm in the twisted arms ofNancy, Danville, Virginia, 1969, and the powerful hold of allure in the eyes of his favorite subject, muse, and wifeEdith, Danville, Virginia 1967. The immediacy of these works remains after all these years, and wearegripped by the moment.

Benson too is known for his dedication to the American landscape and the quality of this prints. While early works were silver or platinum Benson moved with developing technology and adapted the digital process to his own particular approach to image making. His photographs are printed using an ink jet printer designed to print a single image in layers. The first layer is the entire picture printed lighter. The second layer is a repeat of the first with all neutral values removed. For the third and final layer, all color is removed and only the neutral values are printed. The resulting print is vivvid, and for Benson these seductive prints capture "the way the world feels" (Jackson). The prints are careful not to be over saturated, but theydohold an almost magical depth, a crystal clarity to light, and an overall richness to hue. The quality becomes so dimensional that it seems to be tactile and envelops us with ease, so we can easily walk the dirt and gravel path to the old white barn inGaspe Peninsula, 2006, feel the heat of the day wane as the breeze rustles the branches at the water's edge inVermont, 2007, and hear the gulls call and waves crash inMiddletown, Road Island, 2006

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit Jackson Fine Art

Reference:Jackson Fine Art Press Release

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