dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions featuring the work of father and daughter, Todd and Melanie Walker. "Between Light and Shadow" in the main gallery will highlight the pioneering work of the renowned photographer, Todd Walker. Gallery II will explore his influence on the photographs of his daughter, Melanie Walker, in her series entitled "Wanderlust." This is dnj Gallery's first exhibition of both artists' work.
Todd Walker was a prolific visionary who rejected a successful career as a commercial photographer to pursue his own artistic ideas using alternative photographic and printing processes and emerging technology. dnj Gallery's exhibition celebrates Todd's unique interpretations of two of the most traditional subjects available: the nude and the landscape. This show emphasizes Todd's concentration on "visual reality" and his desire to take a closer look at details. Consistent with Todd's constant experimentation with different media, the exhibition features silk screens, lithographs, collotypes and digital prints. Many of the pieces showcase the Sabattier technique for which Todd is well known.
Regardless of the medium, Todd's work is about a personal experience. He wrote, "[f]or me, the image from the camera needs to be transformed into a picture. That transformation is an important part of my work. In addition to being involved with the image while using the camera, I must then concentrate that image, with my reaction to the illusions that I have about my environment, and form a concrete picture that attempts to describe and delineate my illusion."
Todd was born in 1917 in Utah and was raised in Los Angeles. He began his career painting sets for movie studios while attending the Art Center School in Pasadena. Prior to his death in 1998, he was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Previously, he had held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Florida, Gainesville. His work is in the permanent collections of prominent museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.
For Todd's daughter, Melanie Walker, photography facilitates a visual dialogue with her father. In "Wanderlust," Melanie combines images from a decade of travels to investigate experiences of time, place and memory. In creating this series, she was influenced by her father's writing: "I remember a time, I remember a place, I try to return, It is not here. / The time was here, the place was then. I am now, not then. / Place, time and I happened together, but not again."
Melanie Walker is an Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices, Photography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from Florida State University. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions.