Botanicals October 2 - 26, 2013
Opening Reception: October 4
The natural world has fascinated photographers since the invention of the medium. Botanicals are props in portraiture, examined in landscapes, and rendered as patterns in décor and apparel. Preserving the ephemeral quality of plant-life as a still image allows viewers to contemplate the beauty and complexity of natural forms, but it also allows artists to re-purpose nature for our own expressive ends. Whether in bloom or decay, edible or admirable, mammoth or miniscule, all interpretations of flora are welcome for The Kiernan Gallery’s exhibition, Botanicals.
About the Juror:
Sharon Beals is the author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. Her images have been published in both science and art publications, including Scientific American and American Photo, which named Nests one of the best photo books of 2011. Her work is in many private collections and was purchased by Art in Embassies for the US Embassy in Riga. Following her environmental path, she collects and photographs beach plastic to make large scale, deceptively beautiful yet confrontational prints. She is represented by Cordon/Potts Gallery in San Francisco.
The genre of botanical imagery has traveled centuries of art making, rendered as classical signs of traditional beauty or a new collisions of eye and subject, and even media that expose the unseen or unexamined. The submissions for this show added up to a sumptuous range from both, and in the end a burdensome debate because, regrettably, there were just too many great images to include in one show. I was pleased to see an array of light sensitive media from gelatin silver, cyanotypes, anthotypes and more. As a nature based photographer, I was also inspired by the use of color, in landscape or macro, to comment quietly, or lusciously, or humorously, using the natural world as a vocabulary. Thank you all for letting me see, and be awakened by, so much wonderful creativity.