Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Digital Impressions


Exhibition and Event Dates

Gallery Reception: March 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Exhibition Ran: February 13 - May 23

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Curatorial Statement 

Digital Impressions explores the impact of digital technology on photography.  Each of the featured artists employs a varying degree of manipulation to enhance color, remove compositional elements, or emphasize formal relationships.  Many of the photographs resemble abstract paintings, privileging form, color, and line over subject. 

Jeff Sutton’s recent sojourn in Istanbul inspired many of the images included here. Their hyper-realism and saturated color result in enigmatic impressions that juxtapose sea, sky, and man-made structures, oftentimes with a mystical emptiness. Margaret Paris limits herself to the iPhone camera and Photoshop apps to create a series of vivid close-ups of plants and flowers. Bold contrasts and luminescent colors transform nature studies into sci-fi visions. Gordana Gerskovic magnifies her subject even more, finding patterns and texture in peeling paint or droplets of water, records of a recent visit to her native Croatia. 

Digital technology may have liberated contemporary photographers, but image modification is not a new phenomenon. Even the renowned 20th century photographer, Ansel Adams, combined craft with vision, dodging darks and burning lights to heighten dramatic effect. This exhibition leaves us wondering, is this reality or reality manipulated?


- Michele Cohen, Ph.D.

 

 About the Artists

Gorgana Gerskovic

Gorgana Gerskovic was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1997 life surprised her by bringing her to the United States, where she has lived and worked since. She studied to be a graphic artist but quickly discovered that her true passion lay in photography and mixed media. Trailblazing in her craft, Gerskovic presents the viewer with extreme close-up images that become astonishing abstract forms. Her work, she says, is a result of “snorkeling with my camera through the city, looking for undiscovered beauty.”  She is an active member of the Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.

 

Margaret L. Paris

Margaret L. Paris has exhibited photo media extensively in the Washington, D.C. area and most East cost states as well as California and Wisconsin. She has had twenty-one solo shows and has been in over two hundred juried, curated and invitational exhibits. Her most recent solo shows were Fish As Life at Through This Lens Gallery, Durham, N.C. and Gallery 10, Washington, DC. She was in a curated show, Envision, at the Ive House, Berkeley Springs, WV in September 2013. Her work is in the collections of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C.;  John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis.; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Global Focus Collection), and Montgomery County, MD. She taught at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Washington's arts high school) until 2002. For nineteen of those years, she also taught as an adjunct at Georgetown University. She has a BFA and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a MA in Humanities from Georgetown University.

 

Jeff Sutton
Jeff Sutton is a photographer, custom printmaker, and digital painter who has been working and teaching in the Washington, D.C. area for over twenty-five years.  He leads photo workshops, writes and lectures on composition, design and Photoshop techniques, and provides hands-on instruction. Most recently he spent the past three years teaching and photographing in Istanbul, Turkey, where his work was featured in several international competitions and shows. Prior to moving to Istanbul, Sutton taught at Montgomery College and was the Digital Studio Associate for Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring. At Pyramid Atlantic, he specialized in experimental printi