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Capturing the Shifting Colors of the Land and Mind

This summer, for the first time, Jackson Fine Art is showing work by Oakland-based artist Terri Loewenthal. In Psychscapes Loewenthal investigates the mythologized mountains, seas, and skies of California as a way to explore the intersection of landscape and psyche. “Our connection to physical places gives us a starting point for the exploration of our psyches,” explains Loewenthal about relationships between land and the subconscious.

The images in Psychscapes are single-exposure, in-camera compositions. Loewenthal developed a special optics system that allows her to compress reflections of the landscape, and uses filters to shift colors.

“These photographs combine traditions in landscape photography with explorations into the psychology of perception,” states the press release. “Though her Psychscapes are largely devoid of the human subject, Loewenthal integrates the concept of the free spirit with nature, and constructs a complex layering of color, history, and terrain.”

Also on view is a selection of work by Ansel Adams, spanning the artist’s hugely influential and celebrated career. By showing the work of Adams and Loewenthal simultaneously, Jackson Fine Arts hopes to call attention to the way Loewenthal’s images are a “subverted nod” to Adams’s early 20th century photographs and expand the dialogue between Ansel and Loewenthal, two artists who visualize the struggle to free the mind from the conventions of daily life through sublime landscapes.

By Terri Loewenthal
Jackson Fine Art
July 12-August 31, 2019

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