Jennifer Christy, Max Decker & Michael Stimola
July 29, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Artists' Reception Sunday, July 29th from 5-7pm.

Abstract painter Jennifer Christy returns to the Field Gallery with her abstract island landscapes. Jennifer says "When I paint, I draw on my time spent in the natural island landscape. When I was young, hours were spent here with my twin sister following streams to their ends, walking for whole afternoons along ponds to a cut out to the ocean and skating out along a shoreline to where the ice shifted from a glassy smoothness to the sculptured roughness of ripples caught in motion. The island is a trove of inspiring archetypal forms and spaces: harbors, promontories, inlets, and cliff tops. It is as if it is a world in miniature: red clay pools, wetland moss grottoes, windblown dunes and rocky outcroppings. I sketch forms and layer color until I recognize these familiar archetypes and formations. I paint to find the images and forms of the natural island world revealed again."

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.

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 frequently 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 photograph to convey. Beyond the consideration of composition, lens and exposure settings, I may fog or smear a lens filter or pan or gently shake the camera to alter the image I capture. In the process of making the final photograph, I often use techniques that include combining multiple images – more than one photograph or scans I have created. All of these interventions represent, for me, the multiplicity of ways a place or subject may be experienced and interpreted.

  All of the photographs for 2018 include water in its various Vineyard locations and forms - the ocean and ponds, ice, snow, rain and fog. Naturally, it’s not hard to find and experience water and its interactions with the island’s other natural phenomena, but it’s ubiquity means it’s often taken for granted. Photographically, there are innumerable opportunities to explore."

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.