||Ray Carofano, Hal Gage, Ken Smith
July 30 - September 15, 2001
We are excited to present first time exhibitor to the gallery, Ray Carofano.
In his body of work, titled Mystical Transformations, images are inspired
by the poetic value and mystical quality found in the delicate balance of
life's subtle transformations. Whether the subject matter is of the human
body, man-made structures, or nature, Ray's visions are unique, often
expressing a tranquil beauty in scenes of desolation, decay and death.
Hal Gage, exhibiting at the gallery for a second time, presents a new body
of work titled, Gesture of Intimacy. Hal's "Diana" toy camera series is an
homage to love and the unspoken consent to desire. Over time, in
photographing his wife/model, Hal has come to see the familiar gestures,
openness, and the love and desire that they feel for one another. Also,
petty differences and hurt feelings that come with any relationship. The
images exhibited are a visual love poem and don't have any deeper meaning
than just the feelings and emotions that they might provoke in the viewer.
Benham Gallery resident artist, Ken Smith, will exhibit new still life work
in a show titled, Found Meditation. Found objects are removed from their
natural world and brought into Ken's studio, where they change into new
forms. In a sense, they are undressed of their surroundings and in their
nakedness, they show their truth.
"For days or weeks they wait close by ... they become my meditations. On
paper, in their shadows, we trade contemplations".
Ken is influenced by Japanese aesthetics and traditional philosophy both in
his fine art and in his personal life, which is clearly evident in his
meticulously thought out photographs.
Reception for the artists
August 3rd, First Thursday - 6pm - 8pm
Our next exhibit will feature photographs from the archives of
Madame Yevonde and Milton H. Greene
September 17 - October 27