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Review: Eliot Porter at Scheinbaum & Russek

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

In the Realm of Nature

Exhibition held in honor of the new publication, In the Realm of Nature, by Paul Martineau of the J. Paul Getty.


For Eliot Porter nature was spiritual, it was necessary, elemental, and fundamental to the wellbeing of man. The wilderness was his cathedral; as a child he would explore fields and climb trees, and as an adult his adventures would take him further to Glen Canyon in Utah, Maine, Baja California, the Gal├ípagos Islands, Antarctica, East Africa, and Iceland. Porter never lost his sense of wonder for the world he found around him and his works show appreciation and patience. Infused with seductive color of the dye transfer process the prints are vivvid, clean, and alive. Scheinbaum & Russek's selection of images is small but succinct. It includes prints from the 1930's to the early 1960's and touches on classic themes for Porter, including birds, trees, slot canyons, and details of nature. Also included is an unusual subject- a portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe. The intimacy of this show allows for more intentioned viewing. We feel the true pulse of nature in images that freeze the flight of a hummingbird or perfectly frame an Arctic Tern. We hear our own footsteps shuffle through the golden September leaves in Yellow Aspens and feel enthused at the discovery of a Savannah Sparrow's Nest. The power in Porters work comes from the transmission of nature's energy into still frames in both charged and mundane moments. These works continue to move and inspire us not only to feel a passion for nature but to seek harmony with it.

For more information on this exhibition please visit Scheinbaum & Russek

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A selection of work from this exhibition to be on view at aipad: Booth 307

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