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Gallery Picks of the Show


 Peter Marr and Gallery Partners have chosen their "Picks of the Show".

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Peter Marr's Picks of the Exhibit
Flower Fairy Dance Recital by Lisa Davis

Flower Fairy Dance Recital
by Lisa R. Davis

What is so inspirational about Lisa’s fascinating and delightful exhibition is that she has creatively combined her love of nature and gardening to produce an awesome display of flowers and plants that is really memorable. She has admirably perfected her skills using a flatbed scanner, resulting in artistic flower designs that range all the way from bouquets to whimsical arrangements, clothing and “Fairy Tales.” My favorite print in her exhibition is Flower Fairy Dance Recital, in which the artistic design and gorgeous color palette are exceptional, together with the inspiration of music and dance. What flower could ever dream of being a ballerina, let alone be partnered with 4 other delightful companions to form a dance group of such grace and beauty. Each flower has a delicacy of form and design, and a vibrancy of spectacular hues that are exhilarating and magical. The range of colors and levels of saturation and brightness are resplendent, emphasized majestically by the black background. All of the flowers are in peak condition, just like they are growing in the garden. The artist has cleverly used the green flower stalks to symbolize the ballerina’s legs, and all of the dancers are featured “en pointe,” one of the most difficult positions to maintain. I do sense that in this delightful grouping of 5 ballerinas, there is an element of rivalry among them. Certainly four of them are displaying their dancing prowess with arm and leg movements in time with the music. Not so with the ballerina in the center, who is probably the “prima ballerina,” Although she remains “en pointe,” and with her arms folded, she displays her eminent status by having the grandest and most beautiful flower design and regal color scheme. This is a ballet troupe of spectacular beauty and talent. All the viewers need to do is add the music and watch as these fabulous flowers perform a ballet dance like no other that they have seen.

Peter A. Marr

The Dancer by Scott Matyjaszek

The Dancer
by Scott Matyjaszek

Over the years, the Image Gallery has been fortunate to have shown many of Scott’s memorable works, particularly his 3D collages. Now, in this scintillating exhibition, he has produced an amazing series of digital creations, whose artistry and impact have been enhanced by their presentation as dye-infused aluminum prints.

In The Dancer, my favorite image in this show, I view the subject matter with a sense of wonder. The initial impact is of a mystical, surreal figure of flowing lines and curves that twist and swirl in space in a magical and creative way. The intricate designs are intensified and reinforced with a resplendent range of colors, the analogous hues of which provide a wonderful sense of unity and are especially vibrant against the black background. Each color enhances the delicate tracery, even the areas of white which bring out the flowing structure to perfection. My immediate thoughts on seeing this stunning image was that it was an impressionistic vision of an American Indian dancer, who was expressing the relationship between a human and a deity. Furthermore, with the exquisite flowing designs and the rich color palette, I was convinced that one was witnessing part of a dream sequence. Resting on the floor of a tepee beside a warm fire, an American Indian was fascinated by the delicate wafts of smoke that emanated upwards from the fire. His mind went back to his youthful experiences when he witnessed Indian dances, and to his awareness that these dances were symbolic of ancient life-ways and manifestations of spiritual power. These dances were powerful expressions of cultural survival. He saw in the intricate make-up of the smoke, the image of a dancer painted with symbolic colors, wearing brightly colored feathers and headwear, performing an ancient tribal dance, and he felt a genuine sense of pride that he was reliving part of the rich culture of his ancestors. I also feel very privileged to view Scott’s compelling, mystical and spiritual print.

Peter A. Marr
Sound Refraction by Scott Matyjaszek


Sound Refraction
by Scott Matyjaszek

This is an awe-inspiring, dramatic and creative print one which will challenge every viewer if they want to analyze what they think they really visualize in this image, remembering that there is no such thing as objective vision, for one chooses all the time what we see. Certainly, our eyes are captivated and drawn to the spherical structure that is bathed in delicate pastel hues and emanating from it are a series of elegant curved shapes which diagonally traverse the print, each one sequentially having more saturated hues and lower brightness values. One is aware of reddish-colored horizontal elements, together with darker colored curved forms which seem to disappear into a light colored assembly immediately below the dominant sphere. This visionary and creative print has a power and vitality that is remarkable, and yet like most viewers, I have a cognitive desire to categorize and label what I think I see. The delicately curved structure is the cochlea of the inner ear, with various ear parts impinged on its surface. The brightly colored elements situated below the cochlea represent the small bones of the middle ear which includes the stirrup. Reacting to a powerful sound source of highly variable decibels, the ear has captured the lower wavelength sounds designated by the brightly colored curves, and transported them through the cochlea to stimulate the tiny hair cells that disappear into the top right corner of the print, before eventually going to the brain. On the other hand, the dangerous high decibel waves are mostly rejected by the middle ear and reflected back, away from the cochlea, and these are represented by the darker waves going back to the top left of the picture. Such is the power of these high decibel emanations, they create considerable pain in the ear region and head, such pain is shown as red horizontal streaks and a confusion of red striations below the cochlea itself. It is important to remember that one should and must admire this awesome image for its regal power, and compelling radiance, a great tribute to the artistic and digital mastery of Scott.

Peter A. Marr

Peter Marr

We are very grateful to Peter for his thorough review and selection for Peter's Picks. Peter was born in England in 1935 and came to live in the United States in 1968. He worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for 34 years, retiring in 1998. During his employment and continuing into retirement, he has been an enthusiastic photographer. His photography has won him numerous awards throughout Kodak and in International Salons, including 5 George Eastman Medals, which is the top honor awarded to the most outstanding picture in the Annual Kodak International Salon. He has served as a judge in both local and international photographic competitions for the past 20 years, and is a Past president of the Kodak Camera Club and past chairman of many of the Kodak Camera Club organizations. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his photographic skills and interest into nature photography, notably bird photography. His bird photography has been the subject of several one-person exhibits, the most recent being at Ding Darling NWR, in Sanibel, Florida, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, and at the Webster Public Library in Webster, NY.

Partners' Picks of the Exhibit
Temporal Transit by John Kosboth


Temporal Transit

John continues to exhibit fascinating images that challenge the viewer, allowing them an opportunity to attribute many different meanings to his work. This is the mark of a true artist....not just showing and telling BUT providing you with a series of stimuli and letting YOU interpret the work. Most likely no two viewers will reach exactly the same conclusions, but that is the power of John's work.

Color and shape are beautifully handled in this photograph. The contrast of the colors of the majority of the image with the sphere of color is striking. John also deviates from the "traditional" white mat and black frame with very striking colors for both....which strongly enhances the impact of this photograph.

This image does not have solid colors, but each color has a dominant fine structure which adds to the pleasure of viewing it. He controls your eye, moving it in the directions that he wants you to observe.

Looking through a long, red tunnel to a window of the world? Where does it lead to? What is seen through the tunnel? Why are we drawn to the blue? Why is there such an interesting sub-structures in the red and orange part of the image?

There are no obvious answers, but many more questions. That is what makes this photograph fascinating.

Abstract Free Form - Berlin by Jerome Kaye

Abstract Free Form (Berlin)
by Jerome Kaye

Starting with conventional photographs, Jerome uses his formidable skills with Photoshop to convert them into fascinating abstract images. The observer often cannot fathom what the starting point was for each photograph, but can enjoy the end result.

This photograph looks like a reflection, but has fantastic details--rings, ripplets, color gradations and, maybe, based upon the photographer's background as a cell biologist, an amazing micro structure. There is symmetry and there is not symmetry in this photograph. A duality!

Random shapes and relationships with the larger structure are shown....with subtle color gradations and hints of colors different from the overall pallet of the photograph.

The viewer can either try to figure out technically how these images were created or they can just relax and enjoy the results of Jerome's creativity and artistry.  

Veterans Memorial Bridge, South Side by Ira Srole


Veterans Memorial Bridge, South Side
by Ira Srole

Ira is a long time documentary photographer for the City of Rochester, but this image, Veterans Memorial Bridge, as well as its neighboring North Side certainly document a well-known location in Rochester. Ira’s current project, shooting evening and night views of Rochester, is more than documentation. Veterans Memorial Bridge is a mystery image full of magical light and dark shadows worthy of an X-Files episode. The yellow shaft of light emanating from the curved slot on the left side of the image draws our eye into the image and we are then introduced to the shadowy, almost translucent, character leading us into the light. The black railing running diagonally right-to-left supports us visually so we don’t fall off the path. The bare branches under the large arch is our only indication that the path of light is actually above ground level and the small piece of guardrail in the upper right corner indicates that we are not at the top level either. The size of the person in this image lets us comprehend the weight of the object he is about to disappear into. The light, the geometric shapes, the lines, and the tonality of this image allow our mind to create interesting stories to compliment it. A really fun image to be sure!

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