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Jan 8, 2014 to Feb 1, 2014
Robert Mackler, Japanesque
Over the past forty years, Robert Mackler’s photographic activities have been divided between scientifically-oriented botanical studies and fine art images. Most of the latter would be classified as abstract, though Mackler prefers Ansel Adams' term "extractions" because the images are small, carefully isolated portions of the visual environment.
Urban Art, Extractions includes selections from three bodies of work. Telephone Poles, Berkeley is a series of close-ups extracted from weathered posters seen on virtually every wooden telephone pole in that city. “What I saw through the viewfinder resembled collage, a scrabble board gone crazy, or examples of the concrete poetry movement.” Albany Art consists of images taken in a non-landscaped landfill park where nearly every cement and wooden surface has been painted anonymously. “When isolated in the viewfinder, small sections of the painted surface look organized and painterly.” The Chinatown: Oakland and San Francisco series developed when Mackler wondered how anonymous urban art in Chinatown would compare with non-Asian material. “The resulting prints often show an Asian, calligraphic element.”
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center
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