Back to Black
June 24 - August 5, 2017
Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly announce the opening of Back to Black, an exhibition of black and white photographs and ceramic vessels by artist Sandi Fellman. The opening is June 24 with an artist’s reception from 3-5 pm and the exhibition continues through August 5, 2017.
This marks the third exhibition of Sandi Fellman’s work at KMR Arts. The photographs in Back to Black are from a series by Fellman from the 1990’s. The elegant, sensual images are a modern interpretation of botanicals as classic subject matter. Range, tone and texture of the blossoms and blooms are revealed in the large scale images. The close up perspective imbues the images with a mysterious and ambiguous quality. Grace Glueck wrote of Fellman’s work in the New York Times: “Ms. Fellman’s poetic ways with the camera have been evident in earlier series of pictures, and these photographs continue the delicate less-is-more elegance that has characterized her work. Nor has her skill abated in conveying the core of her deceptively simple subject matter.” Fellman’s photographs are in numerous permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Houston Museum of Art.
Included in Sandi Fellman’s exhibition will be her own ceramic bowls and vessels. Fellman says, “I have always been interested in ceramics and the process of transformation that takes place when the raw, shapeless clay becomes a more permanent object.” The play of dualities: light/dark, inside/outside, shine/matte, modern/ancient, and perfection/imperfection directly connect with the artist’s black and white photographs. Fellman studies ceramics at the prestigious and historic Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. Fellman feels that her passion for ceramics is a complementary creative direction to her many years as a photographer. “I respond to the visceral and sensual aspects of ceramics as a compelling counterpoint to my photography,” Fellman eloquently states.
KMR Arts owner, Kathy McCarver Root says of the exhibition, “Sandi Fellman’s photographs have mesmerized me for years. It is abundantly clear that the same artist’s aesthetic is informing both the eye and the hand within the mediums of photography and ceramics. Although the mediums are different, the connection is strong.”