September 6 - November 2, 2008
Artist's Talk and Opening Reception: September 6, 4:00-7:00pm
Curator's Talk and Gallery Walkthrough: September 11, 1:00pm
"Photographing in Central Florida's Wetlands", presented in cooperation with the Sierra Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties: October 1, 7:00pm
Looking West, Lk. Harney Savannah, Oak Hill, Summer 2007
"This landscape struggles to survive; in much the same way a person who is ill struggles to survive. I can see now that I was trying to capture this struggle."
Lee Dunkel explores the landscape in a unique and compelling way. The eloquent and poignant black and white images of these details and forms in nature show the biological cycles of growth, decay and renewal in nature to form some of the most important and compelling photographs ever made of the Florida landscape. No other photographer has concentrated their gaze and their camera so consistently and successfully to create a body of work that draws out the uniquely expressive and poetic possibilities of Florida’s natural world.
"This turned out to be a more difficult artistic journey than I had expected. Not until the very end did the distinctive vision of the project to come into focus."
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
"Light pervades the black-and-white images in the newest portfolio by Lee Dunkel, picking out the tiniest twig in the smallest, or “mini” image, and illuminating a rain-drenched forest or murky pond’s mysterious depths in her radiant prints. “Florida Wetlands” offers a broad overview of a specific terrain, with all of its multifaceted implications and associations wide open to individual interpretation. As her eye has become infinitely more discerning, Dunkel has begun to strip away all momentary, peripheral qualities in a process that emphasizes the essential.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Lee Dunkel specializes in the Florida landscape. Her most well known series have been Shore Patterns, Spruce Creek, Clay Walls, the St Johns River Portfolio, and Florida Etudes. Her work is regularly featured in exhibitions throughout Florida and is held in many public and private collections, including the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. She has been the recipient of numerous artist awards and honors including the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Dunkel studied photography at Daytona State College and is an adjunct faculty member in the college’s photography department. She lives in Ormond Beach.
NOTES ABOUT THE PRINTS
All exhibition prints are produced by the artist and are traditional Silver Gelatin prints from negatives.
|Looking East, Lake Harney, Fall 2007, Oak Hill||"The Loop", Ormond Beach, Winter 2007||West Side, Fall 2007, Lk. Harney Rd., Oak Hill|
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