April 6, 2017 to April 29, 2017
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, California - CA94108
Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce “Falling,” an exhibition of new work by Vanessa Marsh opening April 6, 2017. Marsh takes geologic and cosmological time as her subject, creating atmospheric, otherworldly landscapes through a process rooted in both painting and photographic techniques.
Occupying the foregrounds of many works in her most recent series, also titled “Falling,” are hand-drawn, pitch-black silhouettes of trees, cave openings, power lines, water towers, and other natural and man-made features. In certain images, such as Horizon 8 (2016), mountainous terrain recedes into the distance in discrete, progressively lighter intervals. Marsh pulls some of these peaks and valleys from photographs by Ansel Adams, which she then collages together to create invented mountain ranges—a nod to the famed artist’s image-making process. These crisp silhouettes are set against expansive midnight skies punctuated by individual stars that coalesce into the diffuse, brilliantly colored halos and contrails of the Milky Way. Other works from “Falling” feature only the nebulae themselves, allowing the artist to pursue a freeform approach that results in more explosive cloudlike forms. Through their heightened exploration of deep space, they offer powerful distillations of the beauty and terror of the sublime.