Industrial Steel

industrycoilby Rachelle Clark

One reoccurring theme for me has become surrounding a photo in elements of its subject matter. This is a continuation of that theme — homemade welded steel frames around industrial images, the intent being to put the subject in its environment. Steel maintains a major role in our Industrial Revolution. It is that role I am attempting to capture with this exhibit, and pay homage to.

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As Mother Intended

asmotherintended2by Shawn Christopher

I used no stains, sealers, or dyes in this project. It is comprised of exotic woods and slate, natural and untampered with. I arranged them in an aesthetically pleasing way, but that was the beginning and end of my meddling. I left them the way Mother Nature intended them to be.

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In Context

incontextemptynestby Rachelle Clark In Context is a series of images whose subjects are connected to the pieces of wood they are mounted on, be next found in a tree or a fence line disappearing at a vanishing point. The concept being to place a stolen moment of time in context with a tangible element. The wood was varnished to seal it. The images are covered with plexiglass to protect them.

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Life of a Grape

 

lifeofagrape6by Rachelle Clark

From bud break to bloom, fruit set to veraison, ripe into harvest; I watched and studied the Bishop Creek Vineyards for the last two growing seasons. I fought with the weather to achieve the photos I wanted, much as they fought with the weather for the conditions they needed. The 2006 summer was a long, hot summer that allowed them to take their time and get as sweet as they wanted. The 2007 summer was moodier and created a whole different style of beautiful characteristics. Yet, at all times, the grapes were growing, changing, and becoming something of their own. Continue reading

Attention to Detail

attentiontodetailbootlegginby Rachelle Clark

So often we fail to slow down long enough to take in the finer points of a moment. We glance around and only capture the overview. I find that sentiment and all that we find endearing is found within the details of a person or a landscape. This series is an attempt to pause long enough to extract the smaller points that are usually missed, and bring them out as the main focus.

The shadow box effect is an attempt to lend a 3-D quality to the images. I hope to allow you to feel as though you are staring out your window into the backyard and really see it for the first time.

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3D Geo

3D Geo 1 _ sideviewI love painting and drawing geometric shapes!  I’ve been working in this style as far back as grade school.  The hard lines, sharp points, and perfect circles are just sexy.  No way around that.  I wanted the images to jump off the canvas with both color and depth, so I began building the canvases out with birch wood for the dimensional layer, taking the works from 2D to 3D.  I painted the backgrounds with darker tones, to help push the image further forward.  This effect gives the feel of the images jumping off the canvas.  As great as they look from the front view, the side angles shows off all the hard work and details and gives additional interest to the works.

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