Rosenbaum Contemporary is presenting an online exhibition, "Greg Lotus: Shadows & Light," featuring images from the book of the same name, which spans the 20-year photography career of artist Greg Lotus. The online exhibition will be shown exclusively on Artsy.net
"Shadows & Light" showcases the way that Lotus interprets light and shadows through elegantly captured, evocative angles and masterful composition.
Lotus' work can be found regularly in the pages of "Italian Vogue," "Vanity Fair," "GQ," "L'Uomo Vogue," and "W" magazine. Aside from his editorial work for major American and European publications, Lotus has shot advertising campaigns for Escada, L'Oreal, Swarovski, Cartier, Levi's, Neiman Marcus and Van Cleef & Arpels.
His celebrity portfolio is equally extensive, including Penelope Cruz, Katy Perry, Kate Beckinsale, Megan Fox, Channing Tatum, Liam Hemsworth, Rose Byrne, Lisa Marie Presley, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Anna Kendrick, Pierce Brosnan, Monica Bellucci, Heather Graham, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, William Levy, Paris Hilton, Dita Von Teese, Mary J. Blige, Paulina Rubio, Gus Van Sant, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Hurley, Jane Lynch, Juanes, Chloe Sevigny and Isabelle Adjani among others.
"Wagon Wheel," the signature artwork from the cover of the book, is a stark black and white photograph which embodies the pure epitome of the dichotomy in today’s industrial society versus the quasi-namaste culture of an ever-evolving and meditative contemplation of nature and philosophical observations of inner and outer reflections.
The model’s posed composition is angelic with her arms gracefully placed; the right one below her chin and left one brought up at an angle—gesturing out of the photograph’s picture plane—a motion that guides us through the photographic composition. However, the stark black background engulfs the figure and circles her like a negated abyss…forcing us, the viewer, to prorogue our investigation and immediately direct interests on the seraphic nude. Gentle muscular tones and ganders of sensual and erotic bodily features overly deliver traditional elements of classical Romanesque elegance.
However, projected onto the model’s body are two curved silhouettes. Interpreted as a wagon wheels by the artist’s title, these spoked and circular entities play a variety of roles within this simple aesthetic. The lower “wheel” rests entirely on the female genitalia; veiling this often-taboo subject with a deliberate placement of overlapping symmetry; not so much a censored dot obscuring the femininity, but existing somehow as a nonobtrusive element that adds additional ephemeral essences.
The second “wheel” aligns with the first, continuing a rotation of sorts, upward along the body. This top “wheel” seductively crosses over the breast, and centers on the wrist of the right hand; creating a powerfully placed vacuous manacle.
The sophistication of these rounded “wheel” silhouettes are twofold—one is an inferred lineage in today’s industrial society; a must-have-now society deeply entrenched in technological advancements; the other being an Eastern philosophical approach to nature and the healing powers found universally.
Doubling as a nautilus shell, these shadowy spindles of nature draw reference to the evanescent qualities of life. This deliberate projection of nature, a reoccurring theme in Lotus’ artwork, conjures an artist derived flora and fauna; a being of his own creation—of nature versus industry, of love, of sensualness, of divine inspiration, and of apparition versus reality.
In "Wagon Wheel," Greg Lotus solidifies the aim of engaging the viewer with a multi-layered visual embodiment of intangible beauty.
Other highlights in "Greg Lotus: Shadows & Light" include "Parking Garage"—a wonderfully arranged composition of angular shadows that propel our eye toward the right side of the photograph; aligning our collective eye to the model in midstride; legs apart…a contrasting and adverse slant from the left side’s dominating shade.
Rosenbaum Contemporary, founded in 1979, is based in Boca Raton, Fla., with a second gallery inside the St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel. The gallery caters to international collectors interested in investment-quality works by Postwar, Modern and Contemporary masters and presents nationally recognized museum-level exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also offers a wide range of free services to collectors worldwide including acquisition advice, art consulting, sourcing of artists, art collection building and management and resale of select works of art.