August 6th
Benjamin M. Johnson, Michael Stimola, & Max Decker
August 6, 2017 - August 19, 2017

Artists' Reception Sunday, August 6th from 5-7pm.

Painter Benjamin M. Johnson-returns to the Field Gallery with amazingly detailed bird paintings and island landscapes. "My current studio work is multi-directional. I am continuing my exploration of the landscape and the avian kingdom. These are familiar subjects to me, yet they always reveal new layers, new beauties, new complexities.

I am also developing a series of representational paintings that poetically juxtapose a wide range of subjects in one canvas. These works weave together narratives of history, science, nature, spirituality, and aesthetics, to tell a subtle and beautiful story of our collective human experience."

Photographer Michael Stimola says "My photographs are typically not literal depictions of physical places and objects; they are subjectively infused with remembered and imagined ones.

When I’m photographing, I typically don’t have a firm plan even if I have a destination in mind. The longer and closer I look, the more I see as I walk around or stand quietly still, remaining receptive to what my surroundings offer my senses. My mind’s eye wanders too. Memories and imaginings gather, the works of other artists are recalled, Pictorialist photographers and American Tonalist painters, in particular. And, as many times as I experience a locale there are an equal number of ways to interpret or reimagine it photographically.

It’s said that painters must decide what to add compositionally to their work, and photographers what to leave out. My process allows me to selectively add, however subtly, when I feel the addition completes what I want the photo to convey. Beyond the careful consideration of light, lens, exposure settings and composition, I often use techniques that include combining multiple images – more than one photograph or scans I have created - which represent, for me, the multiplicity of ways a place or subject may be experienced and photographed.

Photographs for 2017 include many taken during the island’s winter season, my favorite one. The leaden skies, stormy weather and the exceptionally clear days, combined with the structure of landforms, and especially trees, offer singular photographic opportunities. And the solitude! This year’s winter color photographs have a predominantly blue-gray color reflecting the remarkable light the season offered me to work in. And, on some winter days I can see the island only in black and white – all form, tonality and atmosphere – an instinct not to be denied. "

Island native Max Decker returns to the Field Gallery.  After spending many years making music and painting while living in Brooklyn, NY, Max Decker returns to the Field Gallery with his atmospheric island landscapes.


Artists' reception, held from 5-7 pm at the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, next to the West Tisbury Free Public Library. It is free and open to the public.