‘Abstract Photography Today: Taking Advantage of Chance’ consists of photographs that are reminiscent of abstract painting and that provide an opportunity for the viewer to embrace unpredictability within an approach that values intuition and expressionism.
The exhibition presents several images from three separate Series. Each print is 16”x20”, framed under plexi and ready to hang. It also includes a comprehensive text panel about vernacular abstraction mounted on 18”x24” foam-core.
My photographs are abstract images created by cropping photographs of repurposed used art supplies. They merge random occurrence with conscious creation in pursuit of elegance within chaos.
Kinetics is a key element in the assembling of my subjects, for in my studio process assorted fragments of paper, bits of dried paint, and pieces of used plastic containers, along with an assortment of small scraps are tossed onto a light pad allowing them to fall where they may.
After photographing these randomly assembled objects, cropping the resulting images is my conscious way of featuring their individual charisma.
Further, I favor a visual language that explores and refines the shallow picture plane and cropping accentuates that preference. Like the inherent qualities found in all contemporary abstract art, my photographs often appear starkly linear, richly textured and/or almost painterly… and yet they highlight an ephemeral world that reflects upon something vulnerable while speaking to the very nature of our existence.
Except for minor modifications in contrast or hue the only computer processes applied to the photographs is the occasional cloning over of small distractive or reflective spots.
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Lee Musgrave lives in High Prairie, Washington. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions; are in the City of Portland, Portable Works Collection and the Washington Arts Commission, Art In Public Places Collection, amongst others. Recently, he was selected from an international list of 105 artists as one of six finalists for the 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards / Abstract Photography Series.
Recent Solo Exhibitions: 2014 – Metro Gallery, Reno, NV 2011 - Cafritz Gallery, Sitar Arts Center, Washington DC 2006 – Cascade Art Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR 2005 – Kent Arts Commission Gallery, Kent, WA 2004 – Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR 2003 – Marghitta Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR 1992 – Ersgard Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Recent Group Exhibitions: 2015 – The Big Picture, Denver, CO 2014 - Accreted Terrane, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA 2014 – The Contaminated Landscape, Photosynthesis Gallery, Manchester, CT 2014 - Snow & Ice, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 – Visiting Artist Nov. & Dec., Studio F Gallery, Seattle, WA 2013 - Nature Undisturbed, Serenbe Photography Center, Palmetto, GA