Nina Bliese Gallery presents “Nature in Proximity,” a show that will exhibit local artist Linda Gammell’s photography.
Gammell’s photography portrays the natural world through a frequently intimate lens. These images capture the relationship that Gammell forms with her surroundings. She makes the sky, forests, orchards, hills, and prairies become familiar territory. She forms these relationships “by walking through them in different seasons and times of day until my eyes and my body connect with them.” These frequent visits transform into numerous panels that “create a landscape that is both factual and fictional.”
These photographs separate the details from the overall scene. The viewer is able to detach from the “blurred space” and narrow in on the focal point of Gammell’s lens. This allows the elements that are often overlooked to become the primary focus. Gammell wants her work to be meditative and to “depict nature as sometimes fragmented, decaying, dislocating, and visually awkward.” This creates a unique perspective for the viewer; one that Gammell hopes is “intimate and imaginary.” The work should encompass “an experience of time and place in nature that is biological, geological, and cyclical.”
Gammell is currently photographing the prairies of the Great Plains and the boreal forests of the Minnesota Arrowhead region, and working on an art book project about medicinal plants. She has been teaching for 25 years at various institutions, including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Colorado College, St. Olaf College, Hamline University, and the College of Visual Arts.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 5 to 8 p.m.
Nina Bliese Gallery
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