The Robin Rice Gallery is pleased to announce Travis Camp Series, Adirondacks,
Lynda Churilla's second solo exhibition. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday
September 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This show will run through
October 30, 2016.
Photographed entirely in the ethereal lakeside environs of the
Adirondacks, Lynda Churilla's latest exhibition synthesizes the aesthetics of
strength and softness. Central to this aesthetic theme is the portrayal of
Churilla's husband and muse John, who she describes as a source of inspiration.
Standing nude and silhouetted in the foreground, the powerful form of John's
body is rendered stoic and subdued by multiple mist‐wreathed
aquatic expanses and looming woodland scenes.
Whether standing in a state of intent tranquility in the
foreground of a forest, or captured mid‐action during diving or
archery, John imparts a sense of security through his physique and determined mien.
Also conveyed is an air of intrigue stemming from his body, which is often
concealed by shadow or wreathed in haze. Examples of masterful composition,
Churilla's black‐and‐white images fully demonstrate the pacifying effect of nature on
the male figure.
The invitational piece, Silence
represents Churilla's overall vision for this exhibition, featuring John facing
away from the camera while standing in the shallows in a mist covered lake. Staring into
the distance with his body in graceful repose, he appears lost in and enveloped
by his surroundings, eliciting the romantic feeling of limitlessness and a
sense of peace. The style in which Churilla captures John is reminiscent of the
figurative nudes produced by photographers like Jock Sturges or Sally Mann.
This exhibition is composed of eleven large-format pieces which
range from 30" x 40" to 60" x 40". Eight photographs centered on John are
accompanied by three abstract landscape pieces that capture the Adirondacks in
all its otherworldly beauty. In one of these, White Mist, one stumbles into a world of beautifully muted color
tones, in which a nearly impenetrable mist surrounds a lake. This
photograph serves to highlight stillness of water, which Churilla herself
regards as healing and thought inducing.
Churilla first gained her appreciation of the Adirondacks while
working as an assistant to the legendary photographer Bruce Weber in his 1990
series Bear Pond. Since studying as
Weber's protégé for nearly a decade, Churilla's own work has been acclaimed by
such publications as American Photo
and Harper's Bazaar, in which she has
been lauded as a promising female photographer.
She has photographed numerous celebrities, such as Cameron Diaz,
Jewel, Olivier Martinez, Coldplay, Pet Shop Boys, and Josh Brolin. Her
photography has appeared in GQ, Rolling Stone, Men's Health and Interview magazine, and her corporate
clients include Ralph Lauren, Nike, Coca-Cola, and Sony. She lives in New York
City. Images can be viewed at www.robinricegallery.com
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