Jessie Morgan: I'm not here
Don Kirby and Joan Gentry: The Anasazi Project
Don Kirby and Joan Gentry The Anasazi Project
Jessie Morgan I’m Not Here
An exciting new year commences at Clark Gallery. We are honored to present Don Kirby and Joan Gentry’s mesmerizing photographs documenting the Pueblo culture of the Colorado Plateau along with Jessie Morgan’s newest body of color field abstractions. All are invited to attend a celebratory reception for the artists on Saturday, January 5, from 4-6 pm when Don Kirby and Joan Gentry will sign copies of their new monograph The Anasazi Project (Nazareli Press). The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 2, 2013.
The stunning photographs made by Don Kirby and Joan Gentry in The Anasazi Project capture the visual beauty and spiritual essence of the ancestral dwelling sites of the Anasazi. Alternating between exterior views of magnificent sandstone apertures and the incredible rock art inside, these large format, black and white photographs, are intended to express admiration and respect for the life the Anasazi created. “In shades of silver and ebony, lightening flashes on cresting sandstone, flames leap, the deluge descends. The play of light and shadow, the tracings of water and wind offer metaphors for spirit, metamorphosis, migration (Anne Weiler Walka, The Anasazi Project, 2012).
A self-taught photographer, Kirby first began photographing on the Colorado Plateau in 1979 where he later met his wife Joan in 1992. Joan and Don live in Santa Fe from whence they roam the country in a pop-top camper in pursuit of their photographic interests. Kirby has completed two other major bodies of work: Wheatcountry, a series of black and white photographs of the American Northwest’s expansive wheat country (Nazareli Press) and Grasslands, a major study of the National Grasslands in the United States (Nazareli Press).
Jessie Morgan’s newest body of abstract paintings capture the rhythm of nature – its ebb and flow, light and energy, without restricting one’s vision or interpretation. They are essentially open fields of color inviting reflection and meditation. Using industrial materials, Jessie Morgan intuitively builds layer upon layer of translucent colors mixed with transparent glaze. The show’s title I’m not here references her desire for anonymity and the process oriented nature of her approach. “I strive to make paintings feel as if they evolved naturally in the environment.” Painted on aluminum, Plexiglas or dibond, Morgan is drawn to their smooth surfaces and the dichotomy of creating organic images from industrial materials. “I make rhythmic, repetitive marks that evoke natural systems, simultaneously revealing a macroscopic and microscopic view.” What Mogran has created is an entirely new entity, a vision that compiles not only physical layers of paint but layers of history and time. The resulting images are luminous bands of color and texture rich in meaning yet quietly contemplative.
Morgan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1991 and a Diploma Degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1998. This is her second solo show at Clark Gallery..