(Photo credit: Jokulsarlon, Iceland by Barbara Myriam Ventura)
I believe one must move beyond the dualistic concept of ‘an artist and his work’ in order to create and experience art in its essential timeless expression.
Photographer Barbara Myriam Ventura uses her work to embrace her distinct connection with water. Her image, Jokulsarlon, Iceland, was chosen by juror John Paul Caponigro for the Juror’s Selection in the Elements of Water exhibition. The sheer power of the image, which shows a wave crashing and flowing over glacial ice, represents water in its natural oceanic condition while also symbolically portraying the world’s rising global climate concerns.
Jokulsarlon, Iceland is a place where imagery is in a continual flow of eruption and change. The beauty, uniqueness, and diversity of the landscape inspire an intensity, which dramatically captures the attention, consumes all sense of separate being, and passionately seizes upon the awestruck heart to be One with itself.
More of Barbara’s work can be found at www.barbaraventura.com
(Photo Credit: 25 Days on the Oregon Coast by Josh Jalbert)
Selected for both the Center’s “New Visions” and “Art in Nature” exhibitions, Josh Jalbert uses representations of the natural world to present new ways in which to view our environment. His taxonomical style of photographic display combines disciplines of both art and science. His image 25 Days on the Oregon Coast is featured in “New Visions” and his image Bug Eaten Holes in Leaves was shown in the “Art in Nature” exhibition.
(Photo credit: Bug Eaten Holes in Leaves by Josh Jalbert)
Bug Eaten Holes in Leaves is a group of photograms that depict the empty space left in leaves that have been eaten away by bugs. I marveled at the quality of the spaces drawn by the bugs, which appear often times as letters, and recognizable shapes such as apples and shoes. Whether completely unconscious to nature or not, it seemed to me here that something was being communicated and that with some investigation on my part, perhaps a perceivable pattern might emerge. I have organized the images like specimens on white, arranged together to form a kind of alphabet code.
More of Josh’s work can be found at http://joshjalbert.com