Sunday, October 5, 2014

Great Barrington, MA - Art On Main is pleased to present the recent work of North Adams photographer Marc Goldstein.  This show, "Flora After Frost" examines the somewhat neglected formal beauty of plant life as full bloom wanes and seeds ready for their next cycle. The photographs will be on view  until October 31 when the view in the gallery will corresponds to the seasonal changes occurring outside.  The opening reception is on Friday, September 5 from 5 to 7 pm. 
Goldstein himself, having lived in the Berkshires for many years, is surprised by his sudden interest in the subject of the late fall and its weathered forms.  Having been an active shutterbug throughout his many trips some of which to exotic destinations where landscape was seductive and photography somewhat of a mission, the “Flora After Frost” images came out of a deep but unexpected commitment. An unlikely subject turned into a project that has resulted in these fifteen images. During late fall, when snow and freezing rain was in the air, he continued to seek out the textures, forms and linear compositions with zeal.  
Goldstein, author, retired professor and department chair at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, found within the narrow range of subject, many challenges to be confronted.  His photographic vocabulary, inspired by some new photo gear and the desire to test its range with seed pods and dried flower heads, is the reason for his closer look at what turns out to be a visually rich and rewarding world.  This is a world where photography can invite contemplation in the profundity of nature, its natural cycles of growth and decay reminding us of own transience.

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