Since 2001, Susan Eder and Craig Dennis
have collaborated in photographing unusual aspects of common subjects. “Strata”,
the artists’ third solo exhibition at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, continues
this emphasis using photographs of clouds. Over the past thirty-two years, the
artists have photographed thousands of images of water vapor illuminated by
sunlight that fleetingly resembles other things.
In this exhibition, cloud images are selected
and combined to highlight the universal tendency to tease meaning from
abstraction. Some works reveal the human impulse to anthropomorphize nature.
Others reflect an interest in the overlap between text and image.
The artists' intent is to provoke consideration of
intrinsic perceptual biases (cultural, personal, physiological) that enable
the viewer to read water vapor as familiar, symbolic imagery and to
reveal nature as a vast theater of interpretation.
Susan Eder and Craig Dennis emphasize that they
“do not fabricate the actual subject matter”. They describe their process as
using traditional film-based cameras combined with digital output. The final
artwork files are produced in small editions as LightJet prints. This process
uses laser light to project high-resolution images on photo-sensitive paper,
preserving maximum detail and luminosity.
On view in "Strata" are two
very large composite cloud images, "Crowd" and "Image
Bank" , which are each 48 x 72 inches. Also included in the exhibition
are seven "portraits" from the "Overcast" series, as
well as individual works such as "H20", "Skylight"
and the Magritte inspired "Ceci n'est pas". Each image is in
an edition of 5.
Several of Susan Eder and Craig Dennis' "Popcorn"
portraits, from the larger series of popcorns, are also on view in the
gallery's rear office. "Popcorn #11" appeared on the
cover of the fall 2008 issue of the magazine, "Gastronomica,
The Journal of Food and Culture".
For further information contact the gallery at 202 328-0088.