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VERVE Gallery of Photography :: photoblog 2011-06-06 18:00:00

VERVE Gallery of Photography Presents

Cy DeCosse
A Retrospective

Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition is on view Friday, June 24 – Saturday, September 3, 2011

Conversation with Cy DeCosse: Saturday, July 9, 2pm
Location: VERVE Gallery of Photography

VERVE Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition by gallery artist and acclaimed photographer, Cy DeCosse. The exhibition showcases Cy’s work for the past eighteen years. DeCosse works in alternative processes: platinum palladium, photogravure, and gum dichromate printing. His work will grace the entire gallery for the duration of the summer.

The public reception for this exhibition is on Friday, July 8, 2011 from 5-7pm. There will be a conversation with Cy DeCosse about his work at VERVE Gallery on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 2-3pm. The exhibition is on view Friday, June 24, 2011 through Saturday, September 3, 2011.

Cy DeCosse’s philosophy about a picture is simple: “A photograph should be interesting to look at. I like to get in close so you see things you’ve never seen before.” He does just that and he does so with extraordinary craftsmanship. His images whisk us away to lush gardens to imagine, to dream, to delight in the sublime beauty of his artistry. His work has a decidedly European flavor, a special touch he learned and explored while on a Fulbright grant in Florence. Cy’s work is unequivocally different. He is truly an alchemist in that his work is produced in alternative photographic mediums that become handcrafted platinum/palladium or three-color dichromate pigment prints. Cy discovers the extraordinary in ordinary objects by his use of light: lateral light, front light, back light, daylight, and moonlight. “Tuscan Lemons”, “Pears”, “Water Lily”, “Three Asian Onions”, “Lotus”, the “King and Queen of the Night” as seen through Cy’s inspired eye, capture what Alexander Pope calls “grace beyond the reach of art”.

DeCosse’s most recent work is a four-volume book set on the classic Greek elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The photos in these books range from intimate studio photography to portraiture and landscapes in locations as distant as Iceland and the Sahara Desert.

Cy DeCosse was born in Valley City, North Dakota in 1929. He won a scholarship to the Minneapolis School of Art and Design where he bought his first camera, an Exa, and turned his coal cellar into a darkroom. After graduation, in 1954, Cy won a Fulbright Scholarship to Florence. While in Italy he studied with the gifted Renzo Maggini at the Instituto d’Arte di Porta Romana. Renzo Maggini provided Cy’s only formal photographic instruction. Cy then went on to a successful career in book publishing producing highly photographic “how-to” books on various topics many of which were translated into 17 languages.

With the sale of his company in 1994, Cy returned to his first love, photography. Cy lives and works in Minnesota. In 2001, with Keith Taylor as printer, the two began the revival of the gum dichromate technique, an alternative process that produces a color print of extraordinary beauty.

DeCosse’s work is in numerous public collections including the England Royal Trust and the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. There are four books containing Cy’s work. The first is a limited edition book published by The Journal of Contemporary Photography: Volume IV, entitled: Gardens of DeCosse (2000). The book is devoted exclusively to the work of the artist. The images in the book range from the quiet morning’s light falling on freshly picked vegetables to the riotous energy of flowers in full bloom. The second is a catalog for an exhibition held at the Accademia Delle Arti Del Disegno Firenze, Italy in October, 2001, entitled: Cy DeCosse: Play of the Light (2001). His third book is entitled Flowers and Food (2009) and it contains DeCosse’s botanical photographs in Gum Dichromate & Platinum. Florence by Cy DeCosse (2009) is a book of portraits that Cy dedicates to his muse, the city of Florence and its people.

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Jennifer Schlesinger, Director
219 E. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Verve Gallery Artist David Scheinbaum Receives 2010 Governor’s Award for Photography and Art Education

Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to announce gallery artist, David Scheinbaum, has been selected for the 2010 Governors Awards for Excellence in the Arts for Photography and Art Education. New Mexicos highest artistic honor was announced May 5, 2010 by Governor Bill Richardson and First Lady Barbara Richardson, along with the New Mexico Arts Commission, and presented to ten artists and arts supporters.

The 2010 Governors Arts Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday evening, September 24, 5:15 to 7:00 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30 4:30 pm, in the Governors Gallery, 4th Floor, State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public. Exhibition at Governors Gallery in conjunction with the awards ceremony.

I am honored to pay tribute to some of New Mexicos finest artists and art supporters through the Governors Awards for Excellence in the Arts; these men and women have made major contributions to our economy, tourism industry, education and quality of life, said Governor Richardson.

The Governor’s Arts Awards were established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to celebrate the extensive roles both economic and cultural that artists, craftspeople and arts supporters play in the life of New Mexico. During its 37-year existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights and potters have been honored. computer fix . Nominations for the awards are invited each year from arts groups and interested New Mexicans. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission, which sends its recommendations to the full Commission and to the Governor and First Lady.

Photographer and teacher David Scheinbaum of Santa Fe has been making photographs since 1974 and teaching his art form since 1979 at the College of Santa Fe and with numerous photographic workshops. He is currently professor/chair of the Photography Department and director of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe.

Scheinbaum is also respected as an authority on the art and history of photography. lower back pain . He worked with the preeminent photo historian Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhalls death in 1993 and continues as co-executor of his estate. In 1980, he and his wife Janet established their Santa Fe photography gallery, Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery, Ltd. Today, the gallery, which represents the estates of both Newhall and Eliot Porter, continues to show the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Sebastiao Salgado, Laura Gilpin, Willard Van Dyke, Walter Chappell and many others.

His own photographs are represented in public collections throughout the world, including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; J. Paul Getty Museum in Santa Monica, California; the Bibliotech Nationale in Paris, France; and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. His books include Stone: A Substantial Witness and Images in the Heavens, Patterns in the Earth: The I Ching, both published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

Scheinbaums current photographic work concentrates on documenting Hip-Hop music and culture. An exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in February 2008 was titled, Recognize: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture.

In her letter supporting his nomination for the Governors Award, Georgia OKeeffe Museum educator Jackie M wrote, David finds time for ideas and for people and seems to derive great energy from making photography and its rich history available to the general public.

For a sampling of David Scheinbaums work, please visit Verves website at the following link: http://vervegalleryofphotography.com/

Jennifer Schlesinger, Gallery Director, Verve Gallery of Photography
219 E. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.982.5009 Fax: 505-982-9111

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