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Zócalo Review: Mark Klett at Etherton Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 13, 2015

Mark Klett : Then + Now 

 

On view through March 21 

 

 

Photographer Mark Klett is a modern day enigma. Known world-wide for his stunning large-scale black and white images that trace and invoke past landscape photograph pioneers, he also brings a modern sensibility to his work that is infused with a wide range of emotions. Rarely are artists so agile at capturing both the majesty of their environments along with the complex socio-economic impact of modern man on the same spaces. In Klett’s new show at the Etherton Gallery entitled Then + Now, the photographer again demonstrates both his technical artistry and his keen powers of observation.

 

This body of work was recently vetted in a New York Times opinion page . . . where the retracing of the dangerous journey from 1870 and again today in an active bombing range that borders Mexico, is recognized as no small feat. While it was impossible to know if the route documented by Klett was exactly the same one taken in the 1870s, the fact that the wilderness still exists and continues to beguile, is the point.

 

Also on display as part of the show is a series of intimate images entitled Time Studies that track celestial movements in a single image. These are both works of art and scientific observations that only Klett could merge and make fascinating.  - excerpts of a review by Herb Stratford, Zócalo

 

Read the full review in Zócalo

Lear more or view the exhibition online at Etherton Gallery

 

 

Tags:  Etherton Gallery  Mark Klett  Terry Etherton Gallery  Zócalo 

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Etherton Gallery in Photograph Magazine

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The story of Etherton Gallery Director, Terry Etherton in this Photograph Magazine Profile by Sarah Schmerler.

 

 

When first-time visitors walk up the stairs and into Terry Etherton’s second-floor gallery in downtown Tucson, they are never prepared for what they find — a vast, museum-quality space that seems anomalous with the 101-degree heat outside: shiny, hardwood floors that go on forever (the building was a former ballroom), 16-foot-high walls, modern wood benches, and cabinet-of-curiosity style wooden vitrines filled with ephemera and art objects, the better to complement the vintage and 20th-century photo works that have been Etherton’s specialty for three decades. “I design the shows myself, often a year in advance,” says the 63-year-old dealer from his office lined with 5,500 photo books. “I care about the first impression we make, the themes uniting the work. Part of the challenge for me here is getting people in the door — we don’t have any street presence, save for a small sign. We’re a destination spot, so people come up the stairs with a purpose, and I love that.”  

 

Read the full story in Photograph Magazine

Tags:  Etherton Gallery  Terry Etherton 

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Etherton Gallery Celebrates the 50'th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 7, 2014
Wild America

Debra Bloomfield and Ansel Adams

Exhibition Dates:  June 10 - August 30, 2014

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, June 21
7:00 - 10:00 pm

In celebration of the 50'th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act Etherton Gallery is mounting an exhibition that pairs the work of naturalist master, Ansel Adams, with the work of contemporary artist and Bay Area photographer Debra Bloomfield.  The exhibition collapses time and the artists works harmonize together becoming both monumental tributes to and poetic indulgence of the longing for wild places.  In a world where such frightening topics as global warming, climate change, pollution, species endangerment and extinction are commonplace this exhibition does well to reflect on what has been saved but also sparks an urge for greater action.  

In a letter that introduced the Wilderness Act to Congress in 1960 writer Wallace Stegner used words that seem to speak as much to our current state as our past:  
Something will have gone out of all of us as people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhaust, the sinks of human and automotive waste. . .

These works speak with chilling resonance today, as some of these realities are upon us.  The work of Adams stands as firm and strong as it does elegant.  The pairing with Bloomfield's work is poignant at this stage of history, for it evokes desire for a primitive and natural state that perhaps has already been so far eroded it is forever gone.  Bloomfield uses not only imagery, but sound in her process; she was struck while on a trip to the Pacific Northwest and southeastern Alaska by the cry of the raven.  She made recordings that accompany the images and heighten a sense of urgency to find primal places and even to save them.  

Debra Bloomfield will be at the gallery's opening reception and available to sign her newly released book, Wilderness, which includes a CD of the sounds she encountered while photographing in Alaska.  Additionally, representatives from a variety of wilderness conservation organizations will attend the opening to distribute information on their activities.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Etherton Gallery

Image information:
Debra Bloomfield, 38996-8, 2009 from Wilderness
Courtesy of Etherton Gallery

Tags:  Ansel Adams  Debra Bloomfield  Etherton Gallery 

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