Warshaw diagnoses at Port Clyde gallery
Port Clyde — The Port Clyde Art Gallery will be exhibiting photographs by Raphael Warshaw Thursday, Aug. 22, through Sept. 14. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Warshaw began photographing while in military service in Vietnam. In the year prior to being discharged from the army, he studied photography at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and spent a year at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles before moving to New York, where he earned a degree in art history from the State University of New York College at New Paltz. In the late 1970s, after working as an editorial, architectural and annual reports photographer, he changed course in favor of a career in medical research. He has returned to photography as an MFA candidate at George Mason University and expects to graduate in 2014.
Warshaw’s photography is a clinical undertaking, the study of the surface for clues about what is happening beneath — a form of diagnosing the state of health of the land not unlike the way in which a physician posits liver disease from jaundice. This process involves creating an image by the elimination of extraneous information from the frame and the arrangement of the remaining elements within it. Because light, color and contrast, rarely fall perfectly in ways that enhance composition or direct attention, he selectively uses the post-processing tools available in Photoshop to rearrange color and intensity and remove distraction.
The gallery also represents member artists Lowell “Si” Sibole, furniture; Gil Coyle, pen and ink drawings of animals, etchings, monotypes and assemblages; Jan Dearborn, plein air oil landscapes; Erik Amundsen, hand-thrown stoneware pottery; Gena Neilson, multimedia; Gillian N. Sloat, oils; Rick Bernard, sculpture; Amy Cornell, landscapes in oil; C. Yager, still life, landscape, watercolor and collage; Marianne Swittlinger, paintings, mixed media and jewelry; and Gayle Bedigian, pottery.
The Port Clyde Art Gallery is located in the barn at the Seaside Inn, across from the General Store. It is open Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 6 p.m.
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