Friday’s opening of Jonathan Stark’s France:Chaleur was a celebration of the warmth found in sweeping views of Paris, the French countryside and the depth of character of it’s people. Shot on film during successive trips abroad the fiber silver gelatin prints are as soulful as their subjects. Intimate glimpses of Gallic pride shine from the soft eyes of a daper, elderly gentleman and the crisp attentiveness of a grandly mustached geradement. Stark caught Paris from the seat of a famed carousel, which no longer exists, allowing the vantage point of a bird surveying the quiet elegance of Hausmann’s orderly and grand design for the city of light. Caught at night the Eiffel tower is it’s quintessential playful self. Stark unobtrusively documents the serious pastime of a game of boule and the care and precision given to measuring the competition. These Black & White images exude a reverence of the ordinary while acknowledging the depth of tradition. Powdered truffles, fluted madeleines and red wine aside, these images transport the viewer to a place where time honored craft and care warm the heart.
Friday, November 19, 2010 opening reception 6 -8
Talk at Digital Silver January 11, 7 PM