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SHY RABBIT announces ‘3 PHOTOGRAPHERS,’ featuring Gary Engle

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio & Workshops is pleased to launch its long awaited 2010 exhibition schedule with “3 PHOTOGRAPHERS.,” featuring works by Linda Alterwitz, Nevada; Gary Engle, Ohio; and Mark Gottlieb, California.

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” opens on Saturday, April 24, with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m., and continues through May 31, 2010.

This highly-anticipated three-person show is FREE and open to the public.

SHY RABBIT is pleased to announce that Linda Alterwitz and Mark Gottlieb will be in attendance at the opening reception on April 24, and will be available for those of you that would like to meet them and discuss their work.

From the nearly 300 images that were submitted to SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts for consideration in “The Contemporary Photograph; A National Juried Exhibition,” 2009, 75 were chosen from thirty-three artists and photographers.

At the conclusion of this exhibition, juror and professional artist D. Michael Coffee selected three artists for inclusion in a future three-person exhibition at SHY RABBIT.

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” is the culmination of this process, showcasing an expanded body of work by the three artists who were selected by Coffee, based on their non-conventional approach to the photographic process and/or their desire to create at the threshold.

The three artists selected for inclusion in ‘3 PHOTOGRAPHERS’ are: Linda Alterwitz, Multidimensional Compositions; Gary Engle, Emulsion Disorders; and Mark Gottlieb, Non-Objective Photography.

SHY RABBIT will profile one of these artists per week leading up to the show opening, providing additional insight into their individual philosophies and creative processes.

Ohio artist Gary Engle started developing a passion for photography in 1980. He served as founding board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography in the early 1990s, where he met Ray Metzger, a nationally-recognized landscape photographer, who became his inspiration.

Engle began exhibiting his work in 2004, and continues to photograph regularly, using 4x5 and 8x10 cameras.

His portfolio consists of two distinct bodies of work; landscape photography and emulsion studies, also known as his “Obsessive Emulsion Disorder” series.

Engle’s landscape photography leans toward the abstract, yet is clearly grounded in nature.

His emulsion studies are created as darkroom photographs made without the use of a camera, an experimental darkroom process that Engle discovered accidentally, and for which he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2007.

Emulsion on a totally black negative is softened, manipulated and then printed in the traditional darkroom process.

“I stumbled upon this process as a result of a darkroom accident,” states Engle. “I immediately recognized the similarity to some of the camera-less photography of Hungarian artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, but whereas Moholy-Nagy chemically altered the emulsion, for example by applying acid to it, my process leaves the silver halide chemically unaltered and therefore retains the full range of tonal values in traditional black and white photography. These emulsion disorders, as I like to call them, are an exploration of the darkroom as a medium of pure abstraction.

“My curiosity is piqued by the way the resulting images can evoke both macro- and micro-photographic effects. Looking at a broad range of the images, it’s easy to associate them with topographical, astronomical, microscopic, and even molecular photography. The process can also result in images suggestive of natural objects.”

Engle’s work has been displayed in numerous juried, invitational and solo exhibitions nationwide, and is included in several prestigious private and public collections, including Wells Fargo and Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, among others.

“For me, art is a spiritual activity,” Engle continues. “I believe creativity is largely inspirational and intuitive. In this regard, I am most intrigued with processes that suppress consciously intended outcomes. I am always open to the accidental image, the image that uses me to express itself rather than vice versa.

“My experience creating ‘Obsessive Emulsion Disorder’ has convinced me that there is no way to predict the outcome of this process, no matter how hard I might try. Every image contains an element of surprise. When the result holds my attention over a sustained period of time, I feel I have achieved something spiritual – a heightened awareness of aspects of reality previously unseen.”.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. 

The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a fine art gallery and ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces. SHY RABBIT is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, showcasing the finest in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and nationally recognized artists from throughout the country.

SHY RABBIT’s 2010 exhibition schedule continues with: “Paper & Clay 3,” June 19–Aug. 8; “SHY RABBIT Print National 2,” Sept. 4–Oct. 31, Juror: Yuji Hiratsuka; and “To Be Announced,” Dec. 4-Jan. 16.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.