114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534  518-697-0266   Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment

Keith Johnson

Ruth Wetzel

June 27 to July 26, 2015 

Reception: Saturday, June 27 5-7pm
also: 10 Gallery Stroll BeLo3rd 

portfolio showcase
Steffen Kloster Poulsen & Peter Stern

Keith Johnson, The Chosen Place

#7 Chosen Place by Keith JohnsonUntitled #7 from Chosen Place by Keith Johnson

Ruth Wetzel, Swamp Spaces

Ruth Wetzel 4-17 from Swamp Places4-17 from Swamp Places by Ruth Wetzel 

Steffen Kloster Poulsen  Bunker

Bunker 1 by Steffen Kloster Poulsen#1 from Bunker by Steffen Kloster Poulsen

Peter Stern  Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay

Tidal Figure by Peter SternTidal Figure by Peter Stern

About the Artists

Keith Johnson, The Chosen Place

#13 from Chosen Place by Keith JohnsonFor Keith Johnson, it all started in 1980 when his Seneca Point cottage was built by Canandaigua Lake (Ontario County NY). It is a beautiful location called Kanadarqua by the Senecas meaning “The Chosen Spot.” Over the years he stood on the deck looking out on Bare Hill and Vine Valley making hundreds of pictures from five slightly different places on the deck. He photographed the sky, the water, the light and the feeling of the place. Storms, fireworks on July 4, flares on Labor Day, a bit of Spring or Fall, clouds and all, never intending to do anything with these pictures. Thus, for many years, he simply collected images. Later, he grouped them by mood, or subject or color. Finally, he was able to see relationships and juxtapositions that previously had past him by. These compositions are the result. (left: #13 from Chosen Place by Keith Johnson)

Bio: Keith Johnson’s work is in the collections of, among others, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography. Recent solo shows include George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; Panopticon Gallery,  Boston MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn NY and Wall Space Gallery in Seattle WA.

He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT. He is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), and Maine Media Workshop, and is a thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston. Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons.

Ruth Wetzel   Swamp Spaces

Bird by Ruth Wetzel
Ruth Wetzel grew up in a swamp in the hamlet of Katonah, NY, in a neighborhood of split-ranch houses that had been built during a drought. When the drought ended, every home had to be surrounded by drainage ditches. Behind her house, there were swamps everywhere, and she spent her childhood in perpetually wet sneakers, bog-hopping, building tree forts and drawing.

Wetzel’s work, in a variety of mediums, has always been a response to landscape. Five years ago she turned her attention to swamps, first through drawing and printing and now, through photography, where she explores how the phenomena of reflection, transparency and perspective collide to create visual intrigue.

“I wear waders and trudge gingerly on squishy surfaces. I am often thigh-high in the water and sometimes slowly sinking. Beavers, turtles, frogs and ducks are my companions and soundtracks, and from my lower-than-normal-height point of view, I see more from an animal’s perspective.”

Wetzel’s close-up views remove the landscape’s orientation and allow the abstract qualities and gestures to shine. Expectations of perspective are interrupted. Flora in spatially perplexing views questions familiar spatial arrangements and the delicacy of surface films, leaves, and twigs contrast against the powerful gestures of branches and swaths of sunlight.

Bio: Ruth Wetzel (Stone Ridge, NY) has spent 25 years interpreting the landscape in a variety of mediums. She has been awarded residencies at Platt Clove, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop and Vermont Studio Center and received grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Baltimore City, and the E.D. Foundation. Wetzel has exhibited widely throughout New York and New England. Her recent work in photography is in the permanent Collection of Orange Regional Medical Center and has been shown at Gallery Sansquoit, SUNY/Ulster; NoBo Gallery, Hudson NY; Westport Library and the offices of Alfandre Architecture.

Features and reviews of her work have appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Chronogram (including cover), Kingston Times and Catskill Mountain Region Guide, among others. She received an MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, and holds a B.S. in Design from Buffalo State College.

 Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by Steffen Kloster Poulsen and Peter Stern

Steffen Kloster Poulsen, Bunker  

02-Bunker-Poulsen-600hThe Danish government has initiated a program to remove hundreds of bunkers from its beaches for the safety of beach goers. The Germans built these bunkers during their occupation of Denmark in the Second World War as a defense against Allied Forces. Poulsen has memories from childhood of playing with his sister in and around the bunkers during family trips to the coast. Poulsen is currently documenting these “involuntary monuments of war” to tell their story before they descend into the sea of forgotten history.

“Their removal will not only leave a hole in the history of my country but also in my childhood. The bunkers themselves have transformed into mere shapes and remain only as symbols of a bygone era in an ocean of mist. These giants’ gentle vulnerability and inevitable slow, natural eradication speak of our own fragile existence.”

Poulsen uses a pinhole lens in combination with a pushed black-and-white film to create these grainy and mysterious images and to reflect upon the intangible feeling of an unexperienced national history and the muddy warmth of distant memories.

Bio:  Steffen Kloster Poulsen is an emerging photographer from Denmark. He is equally at home using the darkroom, digital and alternative photographic processes and works to select the best method for actualizing his ideas. Poulsen has exhibited his work recently in Copenhagen at Galleri Krebsen and Gallery Monitor (solo) and Gallery Rotor 2 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is his first exhibition in the United States.

Peter Stern  Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay

Peter Stern-Shadow Forest

Flying low and slowly, pilot and photographer Peter Stern studies the landscapes below, interpreting them with an intimacy that reflects his personal connection to the varied geographies of the Mid-Atlantic Region where he lives (Baltimore) and photographs.

In this series Stern presents the rich and diverse ecology of the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay while also suggesting spiritual, animal and human symbolism he finds there. While the region has suffered from development and exploitation for centuries, these images show the strength and resilience of Coastal ecosystems, and how both the forces of nature and the efforts of environmental preservation groups have helped to preserved and improved the health and vitality of these unique areas.