Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to present "Nature in Neon", a two person online exclusive exhibit featuring the photographs of Newbold Bohemia and Jerry Freender. Both artists turn to the traditional genre of still life photography as their mode of storytelling.
Newbold Bohemia (born Tim Schapker in 1965, Evansville, Indiana) mainly creates photos, although his work shares as much in common with painting as it does photography. Rather than using the camera to record the world around him, Bohemia prefers to work against the journalistic nature of photography. He creates his own world from scratch. In his studio he arranges still-lifes, builds sets, hires actors, and lights the scene. After capturing the image, he often further enhances the work through digital or mechanical manipulation before printing the final work. In his wildly dynamic series titled “FLOWr”, he stages a single brightly pigmented flower – a peony, a gerbera, a chrysanthemum, a rose- and suspends it in a tank of water. He theatrically lights the tank as one would light a stage before dripping neon colored paint into the water. The water reacts with the chemicals in the paint and enrobes the flower in a magical cloud of powdery pigment. The final image is a bold and striking compliment of both natural and artificial coloring. This series is at once playful and elegant, taking us on a visual journey to explore the tension of opposites; “movement vs rest, natural vs. unnatural, tranquility vs turbulence.”
Jerry Freedner has been living and working in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York for decades. Working in the medium of photography long before the process went digital, Freedner has a thorough knowledge of creating sublime texture and depth in his vast landscapes and still lifes. In the past 10 years, Freedner’s personal and professional focus has dramatically shifted towards the environment and “the intense fragility of this earth we share”. Although he claims his work is apolitical, his preoccupations are evident in his loving portraits of dried dandelions, maple seed pods and root vegetables. A crumbling clump of moss and lichen floats on a pristine black background; its delicate neon green sprouts shoot upwards signaling the possibility of new growth. In a series of three images, a milkweed pod is photographed in various stages of opening before the seeds are released for replanting. All images are offered in three different sizes.