NEWS

I’m happy to be in a show at Vessel Gallery in Oakland. Persistence of Light runs through February 17, and explores the properties of light. Other artists in the exhibit are Cheryl Calleri and Ron Weil. For this show I am presenting five cloud images as dye-sublimation prints on aluminum panels. I’ve been working with clouds for a long time but have never shown them or really pulled together a body of work (other than the Sky Grids made in Joshua Tree in 2015). Thanks to Lonnie Lee of Vessel for pushing me that direction!

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In early December I returned to the studio from Kentucky. The six-week artist residency there gave me quiet time to expand my abstract nature imagery in a new ecosystem. Printing of proof copies wrapped up at the end of the month. The final edit took another week or two, and the resulting 27 new images are posted on the Phantasm page.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was founded in 1929 as a place for people to find peace, understanding, and common interest in nature. The specific goal of the organization, which coincides with my own work, is to inspire the exploration of our deep connections with nature. I was honored by the generous amount of space and time they gave me to do this new work, Phantasm: Autumn in the Kentucky Woods.

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My Joshua Tree series, Zone of Transformation: Nature in the High Desert, published under the direction of Datz Press in Seoul, is now available. It is a limited edition of 300 offset, stitched, hard-cover books. Custom slipcases for 10 copies were made by Klaus Rotzscher in Berkeley as part of the Special Edition packaged with a print. Contact irene@ireneimfeld.com to order.

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The Strangeness of Seeing project is a set of two handmade books. One containing all the horizontal images in the series, and the other shows the vertical images. Both books are 18 inches tall and have full-bleed prints so the viewer can be immersed in the imagery. I presented prototype books at Photolucida in April to an enthusiastic reception then came back to the studio to produce the final books over the summer.

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I am curating the exhibit wall at Photolab in Berkeley with Andrea McLaughlin, owner of the lab. Adrienne Defendi’s Holga imagery, Foundering Still, will be shown there until January 27.  The next show is Jenny Sampson’s fascinating project, Skaters, recently published by Daylight Books. These unique tintype portraits will be shown until the end of March. photolaboratory.com.

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PHOTO Fine Art Photography, the gallery I directed, closed the Oakland location at the end of 2015, after five great years. My partners Henry Bowles and Charles Anselmo are exploring a new online venture for PHOTO. Stay tuned.

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The image shown below was part of the Analog v. Digital! exhibit at Michael Foley Gallery, New York, August 2017.

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