Raisa Venables

Mary WesselJohnScottAndersonDan Frueh







From left to right, Green House, 2014 by Raïssa Venables, Archival Pigment Print Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin, Untitled (From series Worldscapes), 2013 by Mary Wessel, Type-C print, Courtesy the Artist, Book of grass #1, 2012 by Jon Scott Anderson, Archival Pigment Print, Courtesy the Artist and Haw/Contemporary, Kansas City and Prairie Fire, 2014 by Dan Frueh, Archival Ink Jet Print, Courtesy the Artist.


Phenomena: The Material Image
November 16, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Public Opening Reception:
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1-4 p.m.
Gallery Talk with artists: 2-3 p.m.

The Epsten Gallery announces the opening of Phenomena: The Material Image, a group exhibition featuring artists who utilize traditional and digital photography to reveal various ways of perceiving and achieving abstraction within the broad spectrum of contemporary art.

Phenomena showcases hybrid works commingling realism and abstraction connoting multifaceted interpretations of image and visual language. Through digital media, unconventional applications of traditional photo-processing techniques, and physical and conceptual manipulations of imagery and objects, the artists cross boundaries between reality and fiction. Altered landscapes, constructed environments, de-contextualized imagery and evocative abstractions correlate within a show challenging ways of seeing and understanding our world.

Evolving notions of abstraction, artifice and the “real” are themes alongside the expansive use of and pliability of photography as an art form. The ability to alter and invent multiple “realities” presents a palpable shift indicative of our increasingly multi-dimensional life experience in modes that are simultaneously actual, virtual and conceptual.

Featured Artists: Timothy Amundson, Jon Scott Anderson, Dan Frueh, Michael Pointer, Paul Anthony Smith, Kati Toivanen, Raïssa Venables, and Mary Wessel