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SHY RABBIT opens ‘3 Photographers’ with Saturday reception

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to open 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS on Saturday, April 24, with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. The public is invited to the reception.

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

3 PHOTOGRAPHERS continues through May 31, featuring works by Linda Alterwitz, Nevada; Gary Engle, Ohio; and Mark Gottlieb, California.

SHY RABBIT is pleased to announce that Linda Alterwitz and Mark Gottlieb will be in attendance at the opening reception, 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 artwork selected for inclusion in 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS consists of Multidimensional Compositions by Linda Alterwitz; Emulsion Disorders by Gary Engle; and Non-Objective Photography by Mark Gottlieb.

Mark Gottlieb grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and in 1967 graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., earning a bachelor of professional arts degree in photography.

He has worked as a self-employed photographer since then, with studios in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, Calif

Gottlieb’s commercial career has included work with advertising agencies, graphic and industrial designers, and direct to high-tech industries. He also produces art for his own pleasure continuously.

After 40 years as a professional photographer, Gottlieb is still inspired by the direct intuitive process of using the camera.

“For me, it is a tool for seeing the world deeply and honing my artistic vision”, states Gottlieb. “I often draw my inspiration from derelict and abandoned places where the passage of time is evident.”

As is the case with Gottlieb’s recent series, “Goldfield,” where each image is a close-up of a derelict building surface whose colors and textures have been formed by the passage of time.

As in abstract painting, the viewer is deliberately not supplied with perspective or context. This ambiguity invites viewers to make their own associations.

Gottlieb had been photographing these subjects for many years before he became aware of the Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi.

“It is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional.” — Leonard Koren: ‘Wabi-Sabi For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers.”

The equipment that Gottlieb currently uses is relatively simple: digital cameras, tripod, light meter, and sometimes a polarizing filter. The intense and subtle colors in the prints on display are very close to those in the original digital captures.

He uses Photoshop selectively, working on the images to bring out the qualities that express his view of the richness that natural forces bring over time to the common surfaces around us.

Gottlieb has been recognized by Stanford University for his work on the Gravity Probe B Project for NASA, and has also received accolades from Communications Arts Magazine, Advertising Photographers of America (APA), Popular Photography, Graphis, and the Art Center College of Design, among others.

Gottlieb’s work has been displayed in numerous juried and invitational shows; including Open Studio in Santa Cruz, sponsored by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County; the Mendocino Art Center; and was also featured in a one-person retrospective at the Keeble and Shuchat Gallery, Palo Alto.

Gottlieb has lived and worked in Santa Cruz since 2001, focusing on fine art and producing work on assignment.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of US 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-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.

Workshops of all levels are also offered in ceramics, printmaking, and professional artist development, instructed by D. Michael Coffee.

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