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Black & White Photography at Asylum Gallery in March 2008

02-15-2008 06:34 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Commercial Street, Provincetown, by William Obernesser

Commercial Street, Provincetown, by William Obernesser

William Obernesser shows new landscape, still life and architectural photography from March 8th to April 13th at Asylum Gallery inside HQ: Headquarters for the Arts, 1719 25th St., (25th & R Sts, behind the gray fence) in midtown Sacramento, CA. Two artist’s reception are planed for 2nd Saturday, March 8th and April 12th from 6 to 9 pm. Normal gallery hours are Saturday and Sundays from noon to 4 pm (except for 2nd Saturdays).

He began using digital capture in 2004 after many years of using traditional equipment. Beginning in the 1960's, an old Ciro-flex (American-made TLR) provided the opportunity to learn something about exposure and "creative control," unencumbered by such features as in-camera metering, auto-focus and the inconvenience of batteries. Several Minolta manual-focus systems came next.
Obernesser took the first place award in the Black & White category at the Central California Art Association & Mistlin Gallery - Perspectives Photography Show (2006) and in the "Best of Locke" 2007 photography show, B&W digital category. Obernesser’s work has also been shown at the Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, 2007 National Juried Photo Competition; the Central Sierra Arts Council, InFocus Photography Exhibition (Third Place-2006 and Judges Special Mention-2005) and at the March 2007 “Streets of Sacramento” juried show at the Sacramento City Hall Art Gallery. His work has been published by the Geyser Observation and Study Association (GOSA) and the Plumas County (California) Visitors Bureau.

“Image capture is driven primarily by the choice of subject matter”, Obernesser said, “with a view toward achieving a point of view, composition and use of light that will create a descriptive and evocative representation of the subject. For the black and white images, Photoshop is used to convert the color images produced by the camera. The goal is to achieve the envisioned image with a minimum of manipulation in Photoshop.”
When asked about the aesthetics of B&W, he says that he simply likes the impact that black & white can make; the B&W image tends to draw the viewers’ attention more directly to certain fundamentals - shapes, the quality of light, the play of light and shadow.

Among the photographers he admires Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Ansel are significant to him. He also studies many of the lesser known like Josef Sudek, for example, who photographed after WWI after his arm was amputated.. There are some local photographers whose work he thinks highly of - Roman Loranc, Robert A. Hicks and John Palmer.

Asylum Gallery
1719 25th St., Sacramento CA 95816
info@asylumgallery.net
Contact: Ann Tracy @ 916-804-6095

Asylum Gallery is a contemporary gallery of artists whose work spans a unique circumference. You will find vibrant artwork that ranges from classic black & white to abstract photography, mixed media painting and traditional printmaking to work in the digital realm. In addition to the exhibits, there are always prints by member artists, cards, and hand-made jewelry on sale for very reasonable prices.

Ann Tracy founded Asylum Gallery in March of 2005, as one of the original groups which formed HQ: Headquarters for the Arts located at 25th & R Sts., in midtown Sacramento, California. She was joined by original members Cherie Hacker & Terri Ramirez and other member artists now include Linda Katzdorn, William Obernesser and Marguerite Schaffron.

While being a membership gallery, Asylum also offers exhibition space to other artists in the community with its bi-annual International Mail Art shows (in which a portion of proceeds go to different charitable groups) and the Juried Holiday Print Shows in November and December.

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