Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 2011 5:00-7:30 pm
The Schneider Gallery is proud to present new work by Philadelphia based photographer John Dowell.
From elevated heights (parking garages, offices, homes) of Atlanta and Chicago, Dowell captures the pulse of two major U.S. cities. Dowell’s images take our eyes soaring across these urban landscapes. We are able to see intricate details of near and far while bearing witness to the energies of such large urban environments.
As we look at the images, Dowell asks, “For what is real? The surface or the reflection on it, or is it the space that we enter beyond the façade of the building?” The artist challenges the viewer to ask such questions when engaging with his series I want to capture your city.
Thirty years ago, Dowell purchased an 8x10 large format camera to create musical scores from cityscapes, and to document his paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Fifteen years later he found himself gaining recognition for his photographs and began exhibiting. Dowell continues to focus primarily on photography while balancing his teaching career at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia as a Professor of Printmaking. His work is in the permanent collections of 60 museums including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Dowell has won numerous awards and has had 45 solo exhibitions at prestigious venues.