Current Exhibition at the Gallery at Still River Editions
Photographs by Phyllis Crowley
April 2 - May 27, 2016
Opening reception Saturday April 2, 2 pm - 4 pm
"Passgenger" © Phyllis Crowley
"Off Peak" is an exhibit of color photographs by accomplished New Haven-based photographer Phyllis Crowley. Crowley says of the body of work, "This series began 10 years ago when I took a Metro North train to New York City. The windows were filthy, so encrusted you could hardly see out of them in places. After my initial annoyance (since window watching is my main occupation), I realized that if the window were the focus, the subject could be transformed into something much more interesting, more meditative, with references to memory, chance, time, painting. The series began."
"From the moving train, fleeting images of the landscape are perceived and held for a fraction of a second and then dissolve into memory The train window creates an interface between the rider and the landscape, which is normally seen as transparent, but by perceiving the window as an important part of the scene, rather than a barrier, the camera transforms the subject.
Clear outlines dissolve into abstract forms, sides of buildings become washes of color; grass and trees turn into brushstrokes, and the lens records the marks and stains on the window as impartially as what lies beyond. The camera creates an imperfect memory image. There is a reference here to our inability to know anything clearly or directly; all our information is filtered by various interfaces.
The work is personal, intimate, experiential, with much left to chance. Nothing can be planned; decisions have to be made in an instant. Every picture represents Wow! I like that! Click. After many such clicks, patterns emerge which help the photographer anticipate certain effects.
Different cameras have been used, from professional to cell. As the work has progressed over 10 years, it has become more abstract and more about my own mind, but I believe the images still resonate in the memories of train riders."
About Phyllis Crowley
"I grew up in New York City. I learned how to use a camera from my father at about age 11, and how to print shortly after that. We worked in a tiny room in our apartment on an old table with water carried in from the kitchen. The magic of the process became clear when the image appeared in the developer, and because it was never as sparkling as desired, I also knew there were secrets to be learned. I am self-taught with additional instruction from Visual Studies Workshop and Maine Photographic Workshop. I graduated from Vassar College, and have many years of professional and teaching experience.
I currently live in New Haven. I have twice received an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and exhibit nationally. I am a member of City Gallery in New Haven. My work is in public, corporate, and private collections."
About the Gallery at Still River Editions
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.
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