Stephen L. Crohn Gallery Exhibit: Steven Gentile
March 2019 – April 2019
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, March 9, from 2-4pm
The photographs in this series began in 2016 as the political and social ground began to swell and the shifting sands of private and public dialog became heightened and loud, impossible to ignore. “I sought a place, close to home, for quiet, neutral self-reflection – politically, emotionally, psychologically – to return to my voice and vision, find a balance, and reflect on what had abruptly become an altered, misshapen outside world,” says the artist.
In the water of a natural, Platte Clove swimming hole, Steve discovered his “Walden.” The photographer works with several planes of vision simultaneously – what’s being reflected, what’s on the water’s surface, and what’s beneath the surface. All images are produced in camera (not in post-production) thus any aberrations and distortions are naturally occurring and recorded as seen. “In presenting the work as observed I wanted to create a safe place for the viewer to fall into the fluid bed of the image to discover her or his own soft, naturally inspired reality,” says Gentile. Regular visits in all seasons has produced some surprising results. This portfolio is also a soft acknowledgment and a respectful homage to the Hudson River School artists and their pioneering creative spirit.
In this photo, Saugerties artist Brian Lynch is seen installing a mural [5 x 21 feet] made specifically for our ground floor hallway between the Children’s Section and the Saugerties Public Library Art Gallery. It was created in connection with his show: Images from Everyday Life. The mural is collaged from various Lynch works. You can see many scenes and people depicted in Lynch’s unique style—a style that generates empathy for the human condition. This unique work is the first site-specific work done for the Library.
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© Steve Crohn
|July – August 2018||Lucretia Moroni|
|September – October 2018||Raymond Steiner|
|November – December 2018||Fred DeVito|
|January – February 2019||Saugerties High School Photography Class|
|March – April 2019||Steve Gentile|
|May – June 2019||Elizabeth Shafer|
|July – August 2019||Prudence See|