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Things Stand Still: Photographs by Dirk McDonnell    Dec 2, 2004 - Jan 8, 2005

Allée, Versailles, France
Dirk McDonnell
Allée, Versailles, France, 2003
 
Barn (Looking North), Windsor Maine
Dirk McDonnell
Barn (Looking North), Windsor Maine, 2001
 
Chapelle de Notre Dame de Beauvoir, Moustier, France
Dirk McDonnell
Chapelle de Notre Dame de Beauvoir, Moustier, France, 2003
 
Defunct Plant, New York City
Dirk McDonnell
Defunct Plant, New York City, 1998
 
Fifty-eighth Street, New York City
Dirk McDonnell
Fifty-eighth Street, New York City, 1999
 
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico
Dirk McDonnell
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, 1998
 
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THINGS STAND STILL
Photographs by Dirk McDonnell
DECEMBER 2 – JANUARY 8, 2005

RECEPTION:
Thursday, December 2, 2004
6 pm to 8 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tues. – Sat. 11 am – 5 pm

THROCKMORTON FINE ART is very pleased to announce our upcoming photography exhibition, THINGS STAND STILL: Photographs by Dirk McDonnell. This will be the first solo exhibition with Throckmorton Fine Art for the self-taught artist. Spencer Throckmorton first saw McDonnell’s early sculptural works in the 1980’s. Intrigued, Mr. Throckmorton bought a piece, which lead to subsequent meetings over the next several years. Their continued correspondence brought to light McDonnell’s ability and talent as a fine art photographer, which has culminated in this exquisite exhibition.

The images included are elegant, romantic and strikingly beautiful. Many were captured by a large format, 4 x 5 field camera, allowing the artist to place both foreground and background simultaneously in and out of focus. A mysterious effect is achieved leaving things slightly off-tilt and forcing the observer to question the truth in what they are seeing, e.g. – is this a real landscape, or a carefully constructed miniature of one? Things Stand Still challenges perceptions while coupled with a sense of enlightenment in attempting to discover an understanding of the world.

The artist’s career began in the late 1960s when he began fabricating sculpture out of steel. In 1970, he began designing silver jewelry, which sold in stores nationwide. His work appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in the Fall of 1972. In the mid-1970s he began to travel extensively which led to many exciting and interesting adventures that have helped cultivate and enrich the life experience of the artist. In 1990, he began to work exclusively in Black & White. He began exhibiting his photography in the mid 90’s in group as well as solo shows and his work is included in the following museum collections: The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The Portland Museum of Art, The Norma Marin Collection at Smith/Wellesley/Mt.Holyoke, & The Bruce Brown Collection at PMA.

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