Well over one hundred years ago, photographic fine art was concerned with trying to marry Impressionism with Neo-Romantic paintings. Dreamy, soft focus landscapes, or moody tableaux representing Victorian sentimentality, were quite common. In the early part of the 20th century, a gritty social realism swept through the medium. While not intended to be fine art at the time, the change in sensibility gave rise to the next generation of photographers.
This next generation did intend to make art, using photography for the inherent capabilities of that medium: namely the ability to present visual documents of the world around us. They showcased an artistic sensibility characterized by their choice to document that which had both social significance and, much more importantly, aesthetic and metaphoric significance.
But there was another movement, much less recognized at the time. This second movement was pushing the technical boundaries of the medium in order to make images less about the apparent reality of the world and more about the magic that was possible. In this tradition, Jerry Berry’s current work is much more about magic than realism. Berry has the unique ability to see the world, not for what it is but, rather, for what it might be. Berry’s work thus transforms natural landscape into mystery and wonder.
The public is invited to join us at a free open house and artist’s reception for Jerry Berry on February 13th, 2011 between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Gallery 1855, in the office of the Davis Cemetery District, 820 Pole line Road, Davis CA 95618 (530) 756 7807, or to view the work any time Monday through Friday 9 AM – 3 PM during the month of February.