Art at Leeds Gallery is pleased to announce
August 8th - Sept 1st, 2019
Triple Vision - The journey of 3 local photographers: Nora Adelman, Anthony De Santis and Robert Berg
Nora Adelman’s previous existence in New York City provided her an amazing wealth of inspiration and stimulation. International as well as national travel (most recently to Cuba, New Zealand, Spain, Morocco, Italy, New Mexico, Cape Cod) has always stimulated her eye. Since putting down roots in Athens over thirty years ago, the Hudson River Valley has expanded and inspired her choice of subjects. Nora also enjoys photographically capturing human beings in their natural habitat and takes every opportunity to do so. “Photography has always been an essential element in all aspects of my life. I have incorporated it into my political activities for world peace and social justice (Make Prints, Not War), my social life with my friends, capturing their celebrations, and in my work life in which I used photographs to help my students “see” themselves in a more positive light.”
Anthony DeSantis describes his work, Hudson Valley Of The Dolls. “Out of necessity I began working with a lovely group of dolls - literal dolls - in order to give myself the time flexibility to be able to explore themes of isolation, longing, and desire for things that aren’t always available or in our best interest. Dolls don’t have schedules. I find myself at that point in life where I recognize the clock ticking on my own mortality. I am wrestling with both the larger and smaller questions of life.
• How do I reconcile my place in the world?
• What do I do with the time I have remaining?
• What connections are real and which are my imagination?
• How can I be as authentic as possible in my relationships with others and with myself?
While contemplating these questions I also wanted to reflect the new area of the country where I have relocated - Upstate NY. It has also been clear to me for a long time that I do not default to photographing people. For me, photography is a solitary pursuit.
Photographing dolls — both creepy and familiar — reflects a humanity. Odd as they may look, they were crafted by an artist or craftsman, revealing elements of that individual’s sensibility in the curve of a smile, the strange blush on a knee, or hairstyle, or half-lidded eyes. These are elements of someone else’s ideas of beauty, femininity, and humanity. Ideas that are likely out of step with today’s mores. Working with these dolls allows me spontaneity in my choice of venue and setting, while allowing me to subconsciously play out the themes above. The dolls aren’t self conscious. They don’t mind that they might be missing a limb, their hair might be in disarray, their clothing might be disheveled. Like them, I seek to care less about what is thought about me from the outside and follow ever more closely my own internal compass as I try to make the most of the time left to me.”
Robert Bergs many journeys to Myanmar (Burma) have given him fresh eyes in which to see the world. Spending many hours in search of food and markets, the country bubbles with stories. Here he will share some of them.
Art at Leeds is located at 1079 Route 23B Leeds, NY 12451, just 1 mile from Thruway exit 21. For more information on these exhibitions and other programming at Art at Leeds call (917) 783-1673, Facebook @artatleeds or www.artatleeds.com