upcoming exhibitions AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
imagined gardens / terrene treasures
Photographs by Marcy Juran and Rob Jacobsen
june 8 through september 27, 2019
open house day Opening Saturday, June 8, 1pm - 5 pm
with reception 2 pm - 4 pm
“Imagined Gardens / Terrene Treasures” is an exhibition of photographs by Marcy Juran of Westport and Robert Jacobsen of Norwalk.
Marcy Juran’s “Imagined Gardens” are layered botanical photo encaustics that emphasize the patterns and shapes of leaves and flowers.
In his “Terrene Treasures” Rob Jacobsen explores the world of fungi up close, getting down on their level, and showing the beauty of their forms.
Marcy Juran - Imagined Gardens
It may have all started toddling along behind my mother as she tended her rock garden. Family lore has it that I was more interested in putting stones in my mouth than in helping to weed. Major explorations bloomed several years later, when my fifth grade teacher introduced us to horticultural investigations ranging from categorizing local tree leaves by species, propagating African violets, and forcing daffodils to bloom in the cold Connecticut winter. Many of my classmates’ parents thought we really should have been memorizing state capitals; I always felt I’d much rather know my oaks and maples than the capitals of Nebraska and Idaho.
I spent a lot of time daydreaming in my childhood. Lying on my back, I was enveloped by the grasses and wildflowers of the meadow behind my home, east of the river. Time moved at a slower pace, stretching out in long afternoons in which to observe, collect and contemplate the natural treasures which surrounded me. I acquired a vocabulary of flowers, from simple daisies and violets to the complexities of jewel weed and queen anne’s lace.
I can get lost in the patterns of lily pads on the surface of a pond, black-eyed susans waving by the roadside, or patterns of light streaming through leaves in deep woodlands. I am intrigued by the intricacy of fern fronds and dandelion seed heads, and the improbable perfection of the center of a ranunculus. Although I am firmly grounded in the wild and cultivated flora of my native New England, I capture images of gardens as I travel, and am fascinated with the possibility of combining botanical specimens across miles and seasons, layering favorite blooms and leaves to create a series of fantastical “imagined gardens”.
I finish my pieces with encaustic wax, derived from natural beeswax, to enhance the translucency and depth of my images.
About the Artist
Marcy Juran, a native of Connecticut, works primarily in photography, encaustic and handmade paper from her studio in Westport. Juran’s work is influenced by the natural environs of New England. Garden, forest, farm and field have joined river, sound and ocean in her photographic vocabulary. She often combines encaustic processes with her photographic prints, adding luminosity and depth to her images.
She began her work in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art after her formal training in printmaking and graphic design. Throughout her career in design, she collaborated with numerous photographers, creating award-winning work strongly grounded in photographic storytelling.
Her work has been shown throughout New York and New England. Recent juried exhibitions include The Fourth Annual Group Show at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York; The 21st International Krappy Kamera Show at the SOHO gallery in New York City;Mother Tongue at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, as well as juried shows at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and the Rowayton Arts Center. In 2017, her first book, SALTMARSH SEASONS,was selected for inclusion in the Eighth Annual Self-published Photobook Show at the Davis Orton Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography.
She is an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and the New Canaan Society for the Arts. Marcy holds an A. B. in Studio Art from Brown University, with additional studies in design and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cranbrook, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Maine Media Workshops.
Rob Jacobsen - Terrene Treasures
People don't really look at things anymore. We go about our busy lives stopping to look only when we are supposed to. There is so much beauty that we dismiss as something we’ve already seen. We take walks in the woods to experience nature, but all most of us ever see are just “trees” (leaves, plants, animals), rarely differentiating maples, oaks and birches, and the world of beauty found within each of their differences. Much of what we see in our day-to-day lives are mere generalizations.
On those trees, some of which are long dead, are fungi of all sorts. Mushrooms with their delicate, radially pattered gills. Brackets, with their robust colors and firm flesh.
I may never have noticed them either if not for finding them in abundance at the local dog park. The trails are full of them, and my dog walks very slowly. With camera in hand, I decided to explore them with as much intensity as Odin would explore the scents of the forest.
Trees are so grand, to capture all the beauty of one is nearly impossible, but these little things nestled in the crooks of hidden away, dead tree trunks could be captured in all their splendor. Sometimes I framed them like a portrait or family photo, other times I added the bling of a marble to draw the eye, or a chrome ball to draw in the colors of the forest behind me. Unavoidably, I would find myself reflected in the forest, nestled inside a mushroom.
About the Artist
Robert C. Jacobsen is best known for curvaceously-composed photographic montages that are made by scanning and manipulating real objects. He is a Connecticut native and resident who has lived with his eyes wide open, finding beauty in objects most would look at but never really see. Jacobsen’s photographs and paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York and New England.
Although he began college with the idea of becoming a science fiction/fantasy illustrator, his flowing compositional sensibilities began to take shape in the pursuit of abstract painting. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1996 with a BFA and a few exhibitions under his belt.
Launched into the world wondering what to do with it all, he found employment with a local stock photographer who showed him the then-new medium of digital photography. He continued with paint on canvas, but also began creating a new set of works that involved a multistage process.
He molded his own compositions into relief forms, which he painted to look more three-dimensional. Jacobsen then installed the reliefs into shadow boxes he lighted from multiple points. He selectively photographed these new works, then digitally manipulated them into entirely new pieces.
Eventually frustrated by the laborious process and its apparent limitations, Jacobsen began to use real objects for his textures and mold them into the flowing shapes and compositions he had been creating from scratch. Jacobsen then set aside his paints and brushes and spent the next ten years exploring his ideal conduit for expression: photographic digital manipulation.
After nearly a decade of being tethered to a computer and limited only to objects he could fit on his scanner, he found himself yearning to take his venture outside the studio. With improved digital camera technology available to him, he intended to capture some objects in nature for use in his images.
At local parks he found a new passion in fungi, which were often as beautiful as flowers. Free from his scanner, he began capturing his newest images instead of laboriously creating them.
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.