ROSEGALLERY is pleased to announce Elger Esser – New Works. One-of-a-kind photographs from
Nereide and Ninfa will be on view 14 March through 30 May, 2015. A reception for the artist will be
held Saturday, 14 March, 2015 from 6-8pm.
Known for his highly formalized and uniquely rendered
landscape photographs, German artist Elger Esser’s most
recent work draws inspiration from mythology and
romantic lore. Like much of the artist’s previous work
including the acclaimed series Ansichten and Vedutas and
Landscapes, the images from Ninfa and Nereide radiate
with a sense of the sublime in nature. Ninfa depicts the
lush water landscapes within the romantic Roman garden
Giardino di Ninfa, famed since the Renaissance for its
extraordinary biodiversity and unique aesthetic appeal.
Amidst the untamed wildlife of these Medieval gardens the artist envisions an allegorical world
inhabited by ancient nymphs of Greek and Roman mythology and each work in the series is titled for
different mythological features such as rock, water or flower nymphs.
The artist continues his exploration into classic myth in his most recent series, Nereide, so named for
the daughters of the Greek God Nereus. Nereides, or sea nymphs, are guardians of sailors and fisherman
of the Mediterranean who were worshipped at Greek and Roman sea-ports in ancient times. Often
represented as maidens frolicking with dolphins and other fantastical sea creatures, Nereides both
symbolize and safeguard various facets of the sea: salty brine, currents, waves and rocky shores. Elger
Esser’s twelve Nereide were captured at a single location along the coast of Asnelles in France where
waves crashing against a low sea wall expressionistically evoke the force and lively spirit of the ancient
All of the works of Ninfa and Nereide are unique photographs printed directly onto aluminum and
finished with varnish. The completed works defy classic conventions of photography and echo the 19th
century pictorial postcards that have influenced Esser’s photographic practice for the past two decades.