Vietnam Street Photographs
Before Your Elders You Must Stand
The Glass Menagerie, Manhattan Style
Neil O. Lawner
The Children of Vigário Geral
In June, the gallery is proud to present six geographically diverse and provocative solo shows ranging from Kenneth Hoffman’s images of Vietnam taken while he was an Army Lieutenant during the war to Robert Kalman’s images of the elders of Larreynaga, Nicagara to Neil O. Lawner’s amusing look at New York City’s holiday windows. Irene Imfeld’s Vacant Nests, the third and final portfolio selected from our annual International Portfolio Competition rounds out the exhibition.
EXHIBITION DATES: June 8, 2016 – July 2, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Expanding upon my study of natural form through landscape, I wanted to share a close look at the natural form of the beautiful birds I knew. Audubon acted from a similar impulse when drawing his largest images —making the detail visible to his audience. Another master of detail, Durer, made a wonderfully delicate drawing of a blue wing in all its elegance and intricacy. The form and fine detail take on an abstract quality when viewed up close. I have emphasized the abstract qualities by positioning the subjects in a variety of orientations, cropping for composition, and providing an empty background. For many years I kept a variety of caged birds at my workplace for companionship. After several changes of circumstance, a family of zebra finches were settled at my home. The finches were always prolific but eventually we became concerned that the flock was becoming inbred. Facing the choice of introducing new birds or letting the population naturally decline, we began removing eggs. We accumulated lots of eggs and, over time, the remains of our last birds. I’ve chosen to remember them and reveal their exquisite form through these photographs. Examining each unique little being makes me think about the value of any individual—and even of life itself.