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Gallery Favorites: Cosmos Part 1

photo-eye Gallery Gallery Favorites:
Cosmos – Part 1
For the first part of our two-part Favorites Series for June, Gallery Staff is focusing on Beth Moon's African Tree Portraits, Bryant Austin's minimal and atmospheric landscapes, and Chris McCaw's unique sunburnt images from Cosmos

In Cosmos, our current exhibition, six diverse artists celebrate humanity’s fascination with the vast expanse beyond Earth’s boundaries focusing on heavenly bodies as a means to convey notions of time, scale, and splendor. For the first part of our two-part Favorites Series this month, Gallery Staff is focusing on Beth Moon's African tree portraits, Bryant Austin's minimal and atmospheric landscapes, and Chris McCaw's unique sunburnt images.

If you are in Santa Fe, Cosmos will be on view during the Santa Fe Institue's Interplanetary Festival taking place Thursday, June 7th, and Friday, June 8th in the Railyard. photo-eye Gallery will remain open until 7pm both nights to participate in the festival and Cosmos will be on view through the 20th of July. Please join us for a look at this incredible group exhibition. If you're unable to visit the gallery, all works from Cosmos can be viewed on our website.

Yoana Medrano – Gallery Associate

Aquila, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 30” x 20” Image, Edition of 15, $2500, ©Beth Moon
Yoana Medrano
Gallery Associate
505-988-5152 x 116
I know that I am supposed to say that it was really difficult to pick a favorite, that I stewed and thought about it for days, but I didn’t with this set. Beth Moon’s Aquila really pulled me from the moment that I saw it. It could be because orange is my favorite color or that I haven’t really seen anyone capture the stars in this way before. I love the connection of the earth and all of space! The tree is sprouting up and makes your eyes follow the galaxy until you run out of photograph. It’s a really lovely dance between the here and now and the unreachable. I may not be able to reach the stars but this insanely old tree with its wise limbs seems to be so close.
– Yoana Medrano

Anne Kelly – Gallery Director
I'm Here: The Sun Leaving Cathedral Spires, Yosemite, 2016, Archival Ink Print, 22x15" Image, Edition of 10,  $3400, ©Bryant Austin 
Anne Kelly
Gallery Director
505-988-5152 x121
I met Bryant Austin at PhotoAlliance’s Our World portfolio review in San Francisco. During the review, I met with dozens of talented photographers, but in the end, it was Austin’s work that I had a particularly strong connection with —  one particular image I'm Here: The Sun Leaving Cathedral Spires, Yosemite, 2016 was and is still burned into my mind. This image is now featured on the card for our current exhibition Cosmos.  In my experience Bryant Austin's images are transformative.  Though they are made in a specific place (Yosemite) at a specific time (when the sun is at specific parts of the sky) and are recorded utilizing a highly controlled and highly technical process, the images transport me somewhere that is quiet and full of magic. Something about the sun and silhouette of the lone tree and cliffside evokes something primal — a profound and deep connection with nature.
– Anne Kelly

Lucas Maclaine Shaffer – Special Projects & Client Relations

Chris McCaw – Sunburned GSP#408 (Great Salt Lake), 2009, Unique Gelatin-Silver Print, 11x14" Image
Price Upon Request
Chris McCaw's work is sublime. Using a handmade 8x10 camera and loaded with vintage photographic paper, McCaw transforms Utah's Great Salt Lake into a primordial scene in his image Sunburned GSP#408. Here, a dense murky void is broken only the shimmer of water in the central foreground and a piercing black object seemingly streaking skyward from a shadowy horizon below – it's faint radiating halo lending the phenomenon a tantalizing power. The void is ominous, dangerous in its utter lack of detail, and yet I feel compelled to move forward, to investigate the inexplicable event. I love this paradox.

Lucas Maclaine Shaffer
Special Projects & Client Relations
505-988-5152 x114
Of course, with context, in the safety of the gallery we know the mysterious object is the sun on its routine midday approach, and the void a serene Western American landscape, yet neither of these aspects are apparent in the image. Not only has McCaw devised a way to make landscape photography feel unfamiliar, here-to-for unseen, but is able to simultaneously reveal how spectacular something as benign as the mid-morning sun really is. In the past, we've recommended collecting work you love, something that enriches your life on a daily basis, and for me, Sunburned GSP#408 is certainly an image I could ponder, admire, and enjoy every day.
– Lucas Maclaine Shaffer

All prices listed were current at the time this post was published. For more information on Cosmos, and to purchase prints, please contact Gallery Staff at 505-988-5152 x202 or