Two Views of Nature


Sally Gall, Lightfoot, 2008
May 22 - July 11, 2009

On May 22, KMR Arts’ will feature “Crawl”, a body of work by established fine arts photographer, Sally Gall. Gall is known as a sensual interpreter of nature who combines impressive printing skills with a rigorous but romantic vision. The works in “Crawl” were made during the spring and fall of 2007 and comprise Gall’s second body of color photographs. Gall's work has always been about the sensual experience of being in the natural world, a world that encompasses wilderness as well as cultivated nature. In this series, her focus is on the world of insects that live and prosper in grasses, a place of mystery and beauty.

Sally Gall reflects on this project: "Infants know this world for a time. Picnickers and soldiers glimpse it. There is no more dynamic stage of life and death on earth than the first few inches above its surface. This is where prairies and forests are born. Here is where the bulk of our food comes from and where all earthly creatures return when our lives are finished. Comforting, beautiful, frightening, and strange--this is the terrestrial world. And it can only be discovered and known intimately on hands and knees." Sally Gall received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. She has taught and lectured extensively in the United States and Europe. Public collections include the Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Hood Museum at Dartmouth College and many others.

KMR Arts will also showcase a highlight exhibition of photographs by Nathaniel Kramer. Nathaniel Kramer, born and raised in NYC, enjoyed a career in fashion photography with clients such as Glamour, Elle, GQ, New York Magazine, and advertising clients such as GAP, Reebok, Hanes, Rayban among others. Kramer subsequently became a theater producer (producing the Tony award winning Arthur Miller play, “A View From the Bridge”) as well as a documentary filmmaker, (including the Emmy award nominated “Choices” with Martin Sheen and Lawrence Fishburne).

Kramer describes his process: “When I shoot trees, I walk around the woods looking up at the sky. Discovering geometric patterns in nature interests me. I have always exhibited my tree photographs in groups of three photos. I think of shooting trees as shooting buildings in cities. With the roses, and other flowers, I am interested in texture. Backlight is powerful because it creates translucency in the petals and exposes the cell structure.”