Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Portraits of Nature - Earth Day Exhibition at Lumas New York

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JOSH VON STAUDACH

Continuing with the Earth Day festivities this week, I'm excited to share this great exhibit opening at Lumas New York. Lumas is one of my favorite galleries in New York and it is having its first ever Earth Day exhibition - celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. I can't wait to go check it out. The opening reception is this Thursday, April 22nd from 6pm to 8pm - Earth Day!

The landscape portion focuses on both color and black-and-white images, featuring the work of Bernhard Edmaier and Michael Poliza, among others. The exhibit’s second theme will feature a selection of water imagery and its subsequent documentation and representation through the camera lens by artists such as Josh von Staudach and Wolfgang Uhlig. As a counterpoint to the majestic images of land and sea, the last portion of the exhibition features the animals that inhabit these domains and considers the ways in which they are able to reflect and in turn reveal the nuances of their natural landscape.

OPENING RECEPTION April 22, 2010, 6 - 8 pm
EXHIBITION April 23 – June 6, 2010

LUMAS NEW YORK – SoHo
77 Wooster Street, 10012 New York, NY


Here is some more information about the exhibit from the Lumas website (visit the site to learn more about the exibit and to see some more incredible images):

PORTRAITS OF NATURE

The Earth Day Show

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MICHAEL LEVIN

The landscape portion focuses on both color and black-and-white images, featuring the work of Bernhard Edmaier, Helmut Hirler, Michael Levin and Michael Poliza, among others. The photographs by Michael Levin have honed a magical aura. A powerful silence resides in the images and can be felt in every little detail. The nature photography of Bernhard Edmaier rests between landscape photography and land art. They’re pictures of the earth as we’ve never seen it, authentic and beautiful, but also without any romanticism or esotericism.

Urbane photographer Helmut Hirler takes his motorcycle, his panorama camera in his back-pack, for the treks he now finds short, like from his native Allgäu, Germany to the Spanish mountains. Hirler is part of an unbroken tradition of bold pioneers, who for centuries attempted to describe the earth’s strangeness and beauty.

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MICHAEL POLIZA

Michael Poliza went on an eight-week journey, an astounding and unusual adventure from Hamburg to Cape Town by helicopter, with about 150 stops in approximately 14 countries. The result is an unprecedented collection of landscape and animal photographs taken from a bird's eye view. The distinct visual language of each singular image will aid the viewer in examining the endless manners in which the landscape is portrayed through the photographic lens.

The difference between the color and black-and-white images encourages viewers to consider how their perceptions of the represented landscapes shift with the addition or subtraction of natural colors. Each of these images manifests the majestic qualities of the natural landscape – and may perhaps even provoke viewers to reflect on their daily interaction with the environment.

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ALISON SHAW

The exhibit’s second theme, show will feature a selection to water and its subsequent documentation and representation through the camera lens. As it covers over 71 percent of the earth’s surface and is essential to all life, it is important to examine how we impact our local waters. Through the images of Josh von Staudach, and Wolfgang Uhlig, Celebrating Earth aims to plumb the depths of the earth’s bodies of water.

The simple things are often the best. Wolfgang Uhlig, artist and photo designer, has taken this saying to heart and created pictures of enchanting peace and beauty. The Stuttgart photographer Josh von Staudach presents his blurry, yet clear images. Staudach’s works, always follow the horizon showing a manifold spectrum of nature and the sea, calming and meditative and yet always new.

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HORST KLEMM

As a counterpoint to the majestic images of land and sea, the last portion of the exhibition features the animals that inhabit these domains and considers the ways in which they are able to reflect and in turn reveal the nuances of their natural landscape. Animals rely on the earth’s resources to assure their survival and the images of Laurent Baheux, Horst Klemm, and Alexander von Reiswitz provide viewers the opportunity to ponder this. It is interesting to analyze how differences in environmental conditions can affect the animalkingdom – the images featured in The Earth Day Show are meant to stimulate this discussion for further examination.

The talented eyes of LUMAS’s photographers offer an in-depth look at the manner in which the photographic lens captures our lands, bodies of water, and the beings that inhabit both. LUMAS New York’s Earth Day exhibit provides an aesthetic springboard from which viewers can reflect on the importance of the environment in sustaining life and renew their awareness of the earth.

All photos and certain text via Lumas and Copyright individual photographers listed there.

Today's Soundtrack:
Keane - Everybody's Changing

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3 comments:

bigBANG studio said...

oh man that michael levin shot is unreal. thanks for sharing these!

drollgirl said...

such amazing shots!!! it is kind of nuts how gorgeous all this nature stuff can be. :)

Damien Franco said...

That sounds like a really great exhibition.

Plus...you know, it's appropriate and I think imperative that photographers take a few extra initiatives to preserve our planet so celebrating Earth Day is one of my faves.

I mean...no photographer really wants to end up leaving a "Mad Max" landscape for the photographers that will follow in our footsteps do they?