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It is a great pleasure to announce wall space gallery’s summer show caeli tellus unda, (Heaven, Earth, Sea) a three-person exhibition that features work by represented gallery artist Keith Johnson and guest artists Deborah Bay and Kerry Mansfield. Abstract, intangible and visceral, each image leads us each on a path to understanding our own connection to the world that surrounds us.

Keith Johnson’s newest body of work captures the spirit of Lake Kanandaiqua, the largest of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, in his series The Chosen Place. Enchanted by the connections between the light, lake waters and immense sky Keith set out to build his own series of associations. The intersection of earth and water blur horizons and context, transcending simple photographs to surround the viewer with emotional bonds.

Deborah Bay’s series The Big Bang is an examination of power, violence and energy. In a multi-layered visual exploration of how bullets shatter bone and muscle, Bay utilized Plexiglass, clarifying impact patterns. These impacts also create fanciful versions of galaxies, each unique intergalactic ideas of what could be when art collides with science.

Kerry Mansfield’s series Grounded was born from a desire to find balance, to regain connection to the world around her. It was in the intersection at waters edge where she found peace.  These beautiful, expansive images allow us to breathe in the sea air, to feel the water at our feet, and to be part of our greater universe.

 

About The Artists

Keith Johnson- received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.

 

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography.  He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Deborah Bay- is a Houston artist who specializes in macro and constructed photography, creating enigmatic in-camera images as well as digital composites. Her most recent series, “The Big Bang,” features ambiguous images that seem to suggest the creation of new universes photographed from deep space. She has exhibited work at the Galveston Arts Center, Dallas Contemporary, Griffin Museum of Photography, Dishman Art Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), among other venues. In 2012 she was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a number of private collections. She has had her work published in The British Journal of Photography, BBC Focus, PDN Photo of the Day, Wired Rawfile and HuffPost Science.

Kerry Mansfield-

Born in 1974 in New Jersey, Kerry Mansfield graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in photography. Shortly thereafter Kerry returned to CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sensibilities for space and volume by studying architecture. The combination of both fields led her back to photography where she has since explored the relationship between space, boundaries and the concept of “home”.

Exhibitions of Kerry’s photographs have been mounted in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Her work has garnered several national and international awards including the Lens Culture Single Image Award, First Place International Photography Award in the Fine Art Professional Self-Portrait Category, the Worldwide Photography Gala First Place Storyteller Award and a spot on the Shortlist in the Professional Documentary Portrait category for the 2012 World Photography Organization (WPO) Awards.


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It is a great pleasure to announce wall space gallery’s summer show caeli tellus unda, (Heaven, Earth, Sea) a three-person exhibition that features work by represented gallery artist Keith Johnson and guest artists Deborah Bay and Kerry Mansfield. Abstract, intangible and visceral, each image leads us each on a path to understanding our own connection to the world that surrounds us.

Keith Johnson’s newest body of work captures the spirit of Lake Kanandaiqua, the largest of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, in his series The Chosen Place. Enchanted by the connections between the light, lake waters and immense sky Keith set out to build his own series of associations. The intersection of earth and water blur horizons and context, transcending simple photographs to surround the viewer with emotional bonds.

Deborah Bay’s series The Big Bang is an examination of power, violence and energy. In a multi-layered visual exploration of how bullets shatter bone and muscle, Bay utilized Plexiglass, clarifying impact patterns. These impacts also create fanciful versions of galaxies, each unique intergalactic ideas of what could be when art collides with science.

Kerry Mansfield’s series Grounded was born from a desire to find balance, to regain connection to the world around her. It was in the intersection at waters edge where she found peace.  These beautiful, expansive images allow us to breathe in the sea air, to feel the water at our feet, and to be part of our greater universe.

 

About The Artists

Keith Johnson- received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.

 

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography.  He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Deborah Bay- is a Houston artist who specializes in macro and constructed photography, creating enigmatic in-camera images as well as digital composites. Her most recent series, “The Big Bang,” features ambiguous images that seem to suggest the creation of new universes photographed from deep space. She has exhibited work at the Galveston Arts Center, Dallas Contemporary, Griffin Museum of Photography, Dishman Art Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), among other venues. In 2012 she was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a number of private collections. She has had her work published in The British Journal of Photography, BBC Focus, PDN Photo of the Day, Wired Rawfile and HuffPost Science.

Kerry Mansfield-

Born in 1974 in New Jersey, Kerry Mansfield graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in photography. Shortly thereafter Kerry returned to CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sensibilities for space and volume by studying architecture. The combination of both fields led her back to photography where she has since explored the relationship between space, boundaries and the concept of “home”.

Exhibitions of Kerry’s photographs have been mounted in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Her work has garnered several national and international awards including the Lens Culture Single Image Award, First Place International Photography Award in the Fine Art Professional Self-Portrait Category, the Worldwide Photography Gala First Place Storyteller Award and a spot on the Shortlist in the Professional Documentary Portrait category for the 2012 World Photography Organization (WPO) Awards.


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