Lois Conner: The Long View
Exhibition Dates: September 10 - November 15, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception & Book Signing:
Wednesday, September 10
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Lois Conner's works unravel as grand but open narratives. The works' elongated shape only helps to aggrandize the frames she captures for us; they appear as panoramas or, when vertical, scrolls. This format helps to open the images to us in literally expansive way, and we are inspired by the magical qualities of Conner's places. There is an immediate and alluring connection between the work and the viewer; this experience is primal and instinctive. We see the works at times as places we recognize specifically or could identify precisely, like Badlands, South Dakota, or St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. At times, however, we place these frames only loosely, and they seem identifiable- almost. Frames like Atchafalaya Swamp, Louisiana; Yuanming Yuan, Beijing, China; and Pagan Plains, Burma are perhaps most interesting, for they unfold loosely, like a projected image culled from our personal memory, our mind's eye, the lips of an aging storyteller, or a visualization of a scene from a storybook, a myth, a song, or a poem. In any case we hang on these works in search of revelation.
Conner describes her process in Gitterman Gallery's Press release:
"What I am trying to reveal through photography in a deliberate yet subtle way is a sense of history. I would like my photographs to describe my relationship between the tangible and the imagined, between fact and fiction. I’m a born traveler and adventurer, and an obsessive collector and observer of landscape, attempting to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction."
To read the full press release or to view the exhibition online, please visit Gitterman Gallery.