PAM POSEY: Timber
November 22, 2008- January 10, 2009
Reception: November 22, 4-6pm
On November 22nd, Craig Krull Gallery will open its tenth solo exhibition of Michael Kenna’s photographs. Recognized internationally for his intimate images of European gardens and solitary, snow-laden landscapes in Hokkaido, Kenna describes his own work as “the still moments between events.” As Eva Forgas wrote in Art Issues, “the work often depicts the simultaneity of presence and absence.” While the images usually include elements of civilization photographed in the misty light of dawn or dusk, people are never included because the artist believes they become too magnetic and suggest a more definitive relationship. As Kenna states, “I’m more attracted to artwork that has questions rather than answers, where space and even subject matter are more mysterious and elusive than specific.” It is perhaps surprising then, that after all these years Mr. Kenna began photographing New York City. Those images, included in this exhibition, continue to be unpeopled and bring an almost eerily peaceful and poetic timelessness to an otherwise fast-paced environment.
Concurrently, the gallery will present its first exhibition of the work of Southern California artist, Pam Posey. In this exhibition, entitled “Timber,” Posey combines elements of painting, drawing and sculpture in work that explores trees and wood as both
subject and medium. Using scraps of hardwood as a three-dimensional painting surface, Posey makes delicate watercolor drawings of tree trunks and branches. As the artist suggests, “these depictions serve as a sly reminder of the living tree from which the wood originated.”