Dale Johnson and Dan Shepard photographs featured in new exhibition at dnj Gallery

Approaching Storm copyright by Dale Johnson
Day at the Beach copyright by Dale Johnson
Fagus #2 copyright by Dan shepherd
Pyrus #2 copyright by Dan shepherd

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions on display June 9 through July 21, 2012.

“By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space. Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd.

Dreamy views of the shore capture the imagination in Johnson’s “By the Sea” series. Johnson is an accomplished artist who worked with charcoal, gouache, watercolor, and pastel for several decades but eventually turned to photography to satisfy her desire for a sense of spontaneity. Inspired by both Pictorialism in photography and Pointillism in painting, Johnson seeks to create with the quick click of the shutter the soft, hazy effects she cherished in her work in other mediums. Johnson states, “[m]y art education led me to appreciate the quality of light, form and texture and how they set the tone or mood for my photographs in composition, palette and texture.”

Dale Johnson earned her B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has exhibited across the country, and as a winner in the Emerging Focus Photography Competition, her work was exhibited at Photo L.A. 2012. In 2010, Johnson’s photographs were published in “Color Magazine,” Special Issue #10, and “Urban Country Landscape,” The Worldwide Gala Awards. Johnson lives and works in Carmel, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The trees of Manhattan’s Central Park arrive in Santa Monica in Shepherd’s “Blinded by Science” series. With these works, Shepherd seeks the antidote to his view of the world as an environmental scientist and student of botany–someone so “blinded by science” that trees are more subjects of study than objects of beauty. By treating the leaves and branches of trees as parts of an abstraction, Shepherd rediscovers the aesthetic wonders of nature. He states, “I am using the artistic power of abstraction to create images of some of my favorite plants and trees, which helps me filter out the science details and lets me focus on the pure beauty of nature.”

Dan Shepherd has a master’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, England. He holds a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Oregon. His work has been shown in various locations throughout the country, and has been featured in several recent publications, including: “The Orion Magazine,” “The F-Stop Magazine – Abstraction” and “Lenscratch.”  This is his first show at dnj Gallery.



SHOW DATES: June 9 – July 21, 2012
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, June 9, 6 – 8 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
For more information or images, please contact Cambra Sklarz at (310) 315-3551 or cambra@dnjgallery.net.

dnj Gallery 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 315-3551

email: http://www.dnjgallery.net

By Jim McKinniss

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