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Mar 5, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014
Gail Parris, Flying Tern, pigment inkjet print on mulberry paper, 2013
While all of prints in the exhibit begin with photographs of birds, both artists employ sophisticated image-processing and printing techniques to create pictures with an intent much different from the description that is the dominate feature of “straight” photography.
Raven Victoria Erebus: The Language of Birds “Beauty is all around us,” avers Raven Victoria Erebus; “it’s ordinary and stunning, secretive and fleeting, cold and struggling, singing down the sun.” In The Language of Birds, Erebus demonstrates the depth of her commitment to that beauty.
Gail Parris: The Artistry of Birds In The Artistry of Birds, Gail Parris emulates the look and feel of Japanese and other woodblock prints, attempting to capture the "spirit" of the bird in a way similar to Inuit stone prints. She photographs the birds against simple backgrounds, or uses various techniques to deemphasize the backgrounds when digitally processing the images. For clarity and strength of composition, she’ll sometimes move or delete objects, or composite elements from separately captured images. When the image has the aesthetic and evocative qualities she seeks, she prints it on photographic mulberry paper to deepen the connection to Japanese prints. Sometimes she further enhances the print with a bit of hand-coloring.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center
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