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December at Gallery 1855

“Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas (and) imagery,” Edward Weston observed. The December show at Gallery 1855 features two fine photographic artists from northern California: Chris Schiller of Redding and Dave Robertson of Davis.

Landscape painters and photographers have many long traditions. One major tradition, the romantic, idealizes nature. Another, documentary in style, strives to depict nature devoid of sentimentality. A third, a sort of post-modernism, if you will, is more in keeping with Elliot Porter, a photographer who once wisely said, “Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.”  Into this tradition step Schiller and Robertson.

One of the most difficult lessons a gifted photographer must learn is how to deconstruct what is in front of the camera into pure shape and form.  Schiller, in his black and whites, and Robertson, with his colors, take subjects as diverse as Death Valley or aspen trees and create from them images so unique that, at first glance, some are devoid of reference.  One cannot call them abstract. Rather, they employ such perfect use of shape and form that the viewer is distracted at first sight.  A delight and joy of image comes to us when the artists reveal and share their mastery of the craft in this way.

The public is invited to meet Dave Robertson and Chris Schiller at the free reception/open house on Sunday, December 12th from 1 PM to 4 PM. The exhibit will be on view weekdays throughout the month of December, 2010 between 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District in the office located on the historic cemetery grounds at 820 Pole Line Road in Davis. For more information, please check www.daviscemetery.org or call (530)756-7807.

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