Abstract Photography and Painting by ROBERT STIVERS (USA) and ERNST WILLE (GER)
Reception July 10, 6-9 PM
Robert Stivers (1952) studied at the University of California, Irvine (1975), earned his MA at New York University (1980), and has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, France), The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ) George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In his series presented at The OMC Gallery, he demonstrates options and possibilities of the Dark Room, while creating abstract works with an ethereal and painterly quality. Each a unique piece of mystical beauty, produced on Silver Gelatin paper.
Ernst Wille (1916-2005) was a painter, designer, teacher and professor, whose approach to and work with color has been very fundamental and was documented in the 2 Volume Publication “Farben-Phänomene” (Color – Phenomena) in 1994. One of the major challenges for an artist he defined as:…to use colors in a way to create light, without painting light…
About the work process of creation Wille said:
‘The process of visualization is very exciting and reflects an argument between the ego (intellect), the theme and the spirit. It can happen within minutes, but also may take years as dates on some of my work show. The artistic train of thought can be compared to a congruent triangle, which angles represent the ego, the theme and the material, to be used.’
Ernst Wille’s work can be found in European and American private and public collections. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, mainly in Central Europe, but also the United States.
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print
Contact Print 3,5×4.7 in., on 6.6×8.8 in
Signed Sudek with pencil in the margin
At lower right
The verso inscribed with Angela VI with pencil.
Mounted in a mat.
Some light oxidation along the edges,
The lower left marginal corner lightly bent, with a tiny fold in
The margin at upper right.
Josef Sudek by Panorama, 1st Edition 1982, page 110
Josef Sudek by Anna Farova, Munich 1999, page 236,
(With similar image dated 1944-53)