Abstractions of Nature

October 19th, 2004 by Adam

Abstractions of Nature, an exhibition of works by photographer Nancy Hellebrand, will be on display November 10 through December 11 in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University.

A reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 10 to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

Hellebrand uses large scale digital images of clouds and water to express her interest in the ever-changing movements of nature. She manipulates her photographs digitally to heighten the color and enhance the grain. What results is “a record of an intense experiencing of life,” says art critic William Zimmer of the William Zimmer Gallery in California.

“Her entire body of work has an essential character that can be summed up as a wish to get close to and understand the world and existence. Hellebrand has come to see essences in people not of what they make or do but rather in the ambience that surrounds and sustains them, the sky and sea,” Zimmer says. “Her surfaces have something of a granular quality, as if they are active, essential bits of energy.”

“There is a sensation of being on the verge of something, that despite appearances we do not recognize: something present beneath the surface of these lush, heavily saturated prints, manipulated in order to make the familiar more intense,” says critic Barbara Zucker, former art professor at University of Vermont.

Hellebrand’s work spans more than thirty years and has concentrated on black and white close-ups of faces, bodies, handwriting and tissues. Her exhibits have been featured in various galleries in England and the United States, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of American Art, and Institute of Contemporary Art. She has been honored with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper and Maynard Building on Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and Wednesday until 8 p.m. For more information, contact theKarl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program, (603) 535-2614.