Daniel Mosher Long: Miscellanea
Daniel Mosher Long's Miscellanea will be exhibited from April 25 - June 8, 2014. Long's photography completes this year's Outstanding Artist Series, which features the works of local, regional, and national artists in the Peter Remis Lobby Gallery of The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, April 25, 2014 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
I began this still life series in the Spring of 2010. I‘m photographing cultural artifacts and natural objects often in juxtaposition – naturalia and artificialia – the stuff of a workingman's wunderkammer. Bugs and bones are wondrous things. I’m fascinated by old stuff, patina, cracks in the veneer and signs of decay. I’m interested in the flotsam and jetsam of yesteryear and anything that references a specific age, place or memory. I like the way these objects are transformed by time and take on and shed significance. And in re-purposing these objects, this work is also about re-incarnation and re-birth – a rusty razor blade is given new purpose, new form, new life.
I have drawn inspiration from the European Cabinet of Curiosities, what little I know about the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic (which embraces the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete) and modern mixed-media, found art assemblage. Surrealist and hyperrealist painters have also influenced my approach. Like the surrealists, I love odd juxtapositions. The hyperrealist painters used photography as reference, exaggerating detail. But instead of paintings that look photographic, these still lives are painterly photographs.
The images are not collage; they are photographic interpretations of painstakingly arranged reality where color, texture, detail, light and dynamic range are controlled and enhanced as part of a workflow that involves the “focus stacking” technique developed for scientific and nature macro photography. All prints are 14” x 21” using archival pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag.
Please visit www.danielmosherlong.com to learn more.
Viewing the Works:
The gallery is open for self-guided viewing between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by chance or appointment on weekends. (Call 978-499-3230 to schedule a weekend visit).
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