Gary Green Maine Trees

Gary Green Maine TreesDeering Oaks Park, Portland Maine © Gary Green


Gary Green Maine Trees Sept 14

   Safe-T-Gallery will be starting the Fall season with a exhibition of photographs by Gary Green entitled “Maine Trees” - a suite of large-format, black and white portraits of living trees. The show will run from September 14 to October 14th and the gallery will be hosting a reception for the Artist and the public on September 14 from 6 to 8 PM. Their will be a preview of the show on September 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 as part of the Dumbo “First Thursday” activities. It will also be featured during the “Art Under the Bridge” Festival on October 13 and 14th and on an additional “First Thursday” - October 5th.

   When Gary Green first moved to Maine after living in the American Midwest, one new aspect of the landscape that he couldn’t escape was the strong, vertical and all pervasive presence of Maine trees. Although he tried several approaches to incorporate these trees into his landscape photographs, it was not until he obtained a large 8x10” field camera, capable of capturing the smallest of details, that he began to photograph these beings with confidence. The result of three years photographing is “Maine Trees.”

   The prints are large and detailed and place the tree trunk front and center - a figure that breaks the view and the orientation of the traditional landscape. As in life, the scale of the trunk evokes our own torsos, while the bark suggests the vulnerability of our own skin as it ages and scars. Although the point of view is similar in each print, the overall series of images becomes not so much a typology, with the commonality of “treeness” paramount, but rather a series of portraits where the singular history of each tree is respected and celebrated.

   Gary Green lives and teaches in Maine, his landscape photographs have been exhibited widely and are included in many public and private collections, including the Amon Carter Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Bates College Museum of Art. This will be his first one-person exhibition in New York.

Gary Green Maine Trees
                                                     Monhegan Island, Maine (No. 6)
©Gary Green
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