Book Review: Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

In the early part of the 20th century photographer Edward Curtis was funded by American businessman J. P. Morgan to undertake the extensive task of making a photographic record of Native Americans across the United States. While some of these photos are undeniably powerful and poignant, the motivation behind them of creating a portrait of "a vanishing people" resulted in him … [Read more...]

Teeth of the Sea

Artist's Statement: Maggie Shannon grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island best known as a summer beach colony. Teeth of the Sea explores Islanders’ ambivalent relationship with the sea and with outsiders by focusing on the enduring memory of two historical events: the 1969 tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopeckne, which ended the presidential hopes of Senator Edward … [Read more...]

Book Review – Dreams before Extinction by Naeemeh Naeemaei

It's hard for us in the West not to have misconceptions of what life is like in countries where our perceptions are shaped entirely by what we read in the media. This is especially true of those countries which have attempted to isolate themselves and their populace from what they consider our corrupting influence. I have to admit I have my own prejudices when it comes to Iran. … [Read more...]

BIOMES: Paintings by Jonathan Matteson

Artist's statement: I believe abstract textures efficiently and effectively heighten our awareness of time and space. They are signs that act as catalysts in identifying, connecting, or reliving moments that relate to sight, smell, taste, touch, and/or sound. Furthermore, these abstracts challenge the viewer’s curiosity and imagination through the simplified way that they … [Read more...]

Color and Space

Artist's Statement: This is the direction I am working in now- non objective abstraction. Color is the subject but it needs a structure; not so easy in this way of working. Surface texture is important. And, beyond that one tries to create space and depth, if possible, using all the principles and elements of art including mark making/drawing and color relationships. … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Modern Photographer Emmet Gowin

When many people think of modern art, images of abstract paintings and impressive landscapes come to mind. However, art is not limited to merely what is painted on a canvas, but also what can be captured in a moment. Photography allows talented individuals can immortalize an entire sensation, with a simple click of a button.Photographer Emmet Gowin was born in Danville, … [Read more...]

7 Abstract paintings by Alec Clayton

Artist's Statement: These are abstract paintings through which I have attempted to capture the feel, but not necessarily the look, of movement of animals and people in nature, combining the gestures of abstract expressionism with patterning, and with an emphasis on color and texture. … [Read more...]