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Works by Dan Shepherd at Allan Gill dnj Gallery

March 5, 2014 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its its upcoming exhibitions, Blinded by Science: Alaska/California Collection by Dan Shepherd and Xradiography by Allan Gill. Both exhibitions feature photographs that explore the interplay between science and art. With years of training in their respective scientific disciplines, the artist both use their expert knowledge as a starting point for works that include not just scientific analysis but also very personal perspectives on the natural world. The exhibitions run through April 26th; an opening reception for both exhibits will take place Saturday, March 8th from 6 to 8PM.

Dan Shepard, Alaska Trees #4, 2013

Dan Shepard, Alaska Trees #4, 2013

With an M.A. in Environmental Science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, Dan Shepherd uses his expert knowledge of plants to capture their most interesting and graphic features. Shepherd develops a layered, formal view of the environment by focusing on colors, shapes, and textures. As he explains, he seeks to “use the power of abstraction to filter out the science details in his head” so that he can focus on the purely visual elegance of nature and create almost portrait-like images of trees, plants and landscapes. In this exhibition, he expands the breadth of his previous work by photographing the characteristics of landscapes at two of his favorite botanical locations, Alaska and California. Shepherd’s series is fundamentally about his return to seeing, rather than scientifically analyzing, the natural world.

Allan Gill, Peony Trio Xray, 2013

Allan Gill, Peony Trio Xray, 2013

After practicing veterinary medicine for decades, Allan Gill turned his medical X-ray equipment on flowers and plants. His glowing images in Gallery II depict both the internal and external structures of his subjects. As he explains, his “images are captured in much the same way as with conventional photography, with the difference being instead of utilizing reflected light, I am able to utilize another part of the electromagnetic spectrum….” Gill’s technique may seem simple but in fact is the result of years of experimenting with different kinds of X-ray equipment to find the right combination of conditions that would allow him to record the level of detail he desired.

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