Verve Gallery of Photography Presents A Two Person Exhibition By Laurie Archer & Martha Casanave

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Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a two-person exhibition Laurie Archer & Martha Casanave. The exhibition is on view from Friday, January 23 through Saturday March 14, 2009 at Verve Gallery of Photography. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, January 23, from 5-7pm. There will also be a gallery talk with Laurie Archer on Saturday, January 24th from 2-3pm

Verve Gallery of Photography Presents:

Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 2009, 5-7pm
Exhibit is on view through Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gallery Talk with Laurie Archer:
Saturday, January 24, 2-3pm

Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of lensless photography by Santa Fe artist Laurie Archer working in the solar plate etching process and California artist, Martha Casanave, working in pinhole photography. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, January 23, 2009 from 5-7pm and a Gallery Talk with Laurie Archer on Saturday, January 24, from 2-3pm. The exhibition is on view through Saturday, March 14, 2009.


Laurie Archer will be exhibiting work from her series in the solar plate etching process. Ms. Archer's solar plate etchings are stories about objects of everyday life, including kitchen utensils, botanicals, sewing materials and hardware. She finds these objects to be the intersection of dreams, memories and reality and is intrigued by their simplicity. The prints that result from these objects are part of Laurie's story, her narrative of life.

"Starting from childhood, my artwork has been about the physical and spiritual world that I inhabit. Everyday objects are as close friends: flowers, tools, crayons, and etching plate trimmings. Choosing to pay attention to the things of daily life requires being aware of our surroundings, as much as is possible. Daydreaming is an all-important component of being in the moment in the realm of the imagination. I strive for simplicity in an otherwise overloaded world."

Solar plate is a light sensitized steel backed polymer material used by artists as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques such as traditional etching and relief printing. Laurie makes a transparency which is placed on the solar plate and exposed directly in the sun, or in the case of bad weather, she uses a UV exposure box.

Laurie Archer graduated in 1959 with a BFA in Fine Arts from the Colorado College has worked in many different mediums, including the performing arts and the visual arts. She was in the original cast of Camelot on Broadway in 1960. Archer has shown her visual work extensively in New Mexico including the Palace of the Governors, Evo Gallery, Stables Gallery in Taos as well as exhibiting at the Gran Palais in Paris, the El Paso Fine Arts Museum in Texas, and the Taller Boricua Gallery in New York City. Archer is the recipient of two major awards including the Fulbright for Dance & Art in Peru (1958) and the John Hay Whitney Fellowship in NYC to continue her studies in Theater, Acting and Dancing (1959).


Martha Casanave will be exhibiting black and white gelatin silver prints from the Explorations Along an Imaginary Coastline pinhole series. This project, made between 2000 and the present, utilizes 4 x 5" pinhole cameras to depict California's central coast as an "imaginary coastline." A figure, a protagonist, in 19th century attire appears in many of the images giving a persona to the environment that induces mystery and intrigue for the viewer. Casanave's surreal approach to the coastline landscape is a refreshing take on Northern California landscape photographs. Most recently, these explorations continue as the artist submerges the camera below the water's surface to create a horizon between underwater and above-water landscape.

Martha Casanave graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a degree in Russian Language and Literature and began her working life as a translator in Washington, DC. She engaged in photography from early childhood, however, and later came back to the Monterey Peninsula, built up a portrait clientele, and began teaching photography, while continuing to pursue her personal work. She has been an exhibiting and working photographer and educator on the Monterey Peninsula for over thirty years.

She received travel grants from the Polaroid Corporation to make a series of pinhole photographs of Leningrad in winter. She was awarded the Imogen Cunningham Photography Award for her portraiture in 1979 and also was a 1989 recipient of the Koret Israel Prize. Her book Past Lives-- Photographs by Martha Casanave was published by Godine in 1991. Her second book, Beware of Dog, was released by the Center for Photographic Art in 2002. Her most recent book, Explorations Along an Imaginary Coastline, was published by Hudson Hills Press in 2006.

Casanave's photographs are included in many major collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stanford Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the J. Paul Getty Museum , and the Graham Nash private collection. Her pinhole work has been featured in Black and White Magazine and published numerous times in Pinhole Journal. In addition, she received a cover article on her pinhole photography for Light Leaks, Low Fidelity Photography and was also published in Photography (Ukrainian edition), which included a comprehensive article on the history, science and current practice of pinhole photography.

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Jennifer Schlesinger, Gallery Director, VERVE Gallery of Photography
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Phone: 505.982.5009 Fax: 505.982.9111


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