Jane O’Neal and Robert von Sternberg exhibition at DNJ Gallery in Bergamot Station

Image copyright by Jane O'Neal
Image copyright by Jane O'Neal
Image copyright by Jane O'Neal
Image copyright by Robert von Sternberg

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of new color photographs by artist Jane O’Neal entitled “Environmental Memory Part II: Taking Flight.” Gallery II presents the show “Intersection,” featuring the work of Robert von Sternberg.

Jane O’Neal’s second solo exhibition with dnj Gallery uses the same palate of strong, vivid colors which is shown throughout her Environmental Memory series. In “Part II: Taking Flight,” O’Neal shows a current and poignant body of work shot from the seat of a commercial jetliner. Fiery sunlight glows over jet engines gliding into fields of soft clouds. Smoky black plumes of exhaust appear through a sea of effervescent blue and white. O’Neal’s stunning images capture familiar scenes through the artist’s lens, evoking both a prettiness and seriousness at 35,000 feet.

In 2007, dnj Gallery debuted O’Neal’s 1970’s work in a group show with four other artists. She created her Environmental Memory series in 2009, with “Part I: Home Grown.” O’Neal’s work has been exhibited across the United States and is in numerous permanent museum collections such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University and The Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, Arizona. O’Neal has also worked in the television and film industry as a still photographer for over twenty years. Her films include Peggy Sue Got Married, The Lost Boys, Beetle Juice and Rumble Fish.

Robert von Sternberg employs complex compositions of vacant lots, extensive spaces, alleyways, and empty highways to demonstrate his ideas of man intruding in nature. Also with a bold command of color, von Sternberg pictures the unusualness of a glacier with an orange traffic cone in the center and a strawberry cart out of place at the edge of a parking lot. Using humor and wit, von Sternberg’s images ultimately lead his audience to the discovery that in a world saturated with images there is still a reason to look. von Sternberg started taking photographs in his early years in Hermosa Beach and sold his very first image taken to Surfer Magazine. He has exhibited his work since the sixties and has pieces in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.

This exhibition runs  February 5 – March 19, 2011

dnj Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
tel: (310) 315-3551

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm

By Jim McKinniss

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