Review: Compelling views of earth and sky at Triple R Gallery
Current exhibition at Triple R Gallery—Touch the sky and feel the earth– Displays 26 works by photographer Kelly Mantic and painter Evan Coby Foster. Although they work in different media, together their works complement each other to create a visually stimulating display.
In Foster’s landscape paintings, the element of contemplation plays through his depiction of clouds moving across a wide sky. Foster creates a sense of depth and drama by creating clouds with vibrant shapes and colors. The foreboding quality of the clouds creates a contrast with the calm, earthy elements of the trees and meadows.
Through these works, Foster shows us how nature is ever-changing and constantly changing. A good example of this is Between the steps of Muldhar And Where is Tadglao? In both works, Foster invites us to examine landscape scenes that can change rapidly due to shifting light and shadow. Foster also leaves it up to the viewer as to how to interpret his landscapes – either as idyllic and peaceful or ominous.
In some of his other landscapes, such as: Edge of storms And golden hour, We experience this feeling of resilience and strength found in nature through his photography of trees. In these works, the viewer can see a tree that has weathered a storm or perhaps is about to experience a storm attack.
In addition to his landscapes, Foster also creates Cubist works that incorporate elements of nature. in Femme naked posing in the water, It embodies the power of the feminine spirit by creating the feminine form through rock-like stones stacked on top of each other at different angles. Three women on the coast It is another Cubist work that celebrates the diversity of the body as three women bond together as they commune with nature.
While Foster’s works focus on landscapes and cubist images, Kelly Mantic’s photographs show a dynamic interplay of downtown Chicago’s towering buildings against the vibrant sky. Mantic creates stunning perspectives with her low shots of buildings where the viewer experiences the immediate effect of the buildings rising higher. The images have an ethereal effect reminiscent of mountain photographs taken by Ansel Adams. A good example of this is summit– Building located in the Gold Coast area. We experience the majestic beauty of this building because the angle of the composition makes this towering structure appear as sharp as a razor’s edge.
Manteck’s photographs also create an immediate impact due to the rich blue color of the sky that serves as a backdrop for the buildings. Equally impressive are the clouds dotting the sky which add a sense of drama.
It is interesting to note that in many of the Mantico shots, the buildings are not identified. This is a good choice because she avoids being a documentary filmmaker. Instead she works as a street photographer, capturing those elusive moments that can change within a second. It’s as if Mantic is always aware of her surroundings to capture that fleeting shot where the mixture of different elements – the color of the sky, the clouds, the reflective surfaces of the buildings – come together to create a dynamic view.
Manteck also shows how old and new architecture coexist in Chicago. in old vs new, Mantic creates dramatic contrast when it exposes the Roosevelt University Building (built in 2012) as a backdrop behind the Auditorium Building (built in 1889). This work also tells us about the rich diversity of architecture found in Chicago.
Foster and Mantic’s works Touch the sky and feel the earth, We mentioned how we should be in awe of our environment whether it is an urban or rural setting. Mantic’s photography not only captures the beauty of tall buildings, but also allows us to experience that feeling of exhilaration when we see the buildings rising to the top. Foster’s cubist landscapes and paintings invite us to experience the mystery of our natural surroundings.
About the artists:
Kelly Mantic is the owner of KAMera Chicago Photography. Her photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ruby House were featured in WTTW’s National Channel 11 documentary —10 buildings that changed America Manteck’s work has also been shown in numerous art galleries throughout Chicago.
Evan Coby Foster is a Chicago artist influenced by Cubism, Absurdism, and Zap Comics. His Chicago underground comedy series, Local hackneyed hipstersIt mocks contemporary American culture.
This exhibition continues until September 30. Triple R Gallery Located at 5031 W. Montrose Ave. Business hours are Thursday to Friday from 12 to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment. For more information, visit their website or call 773-960-1998.
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