Natural Beauty: Photographic works by Nori Hall and Mitch Eckert
Mitch Eckert has produced a series of photographs using a variety of camera formats, from pinhole cameras to his iPhone. This collection of 14 pieces studies the rich surfaces contained within formal and botanical gardens while framing them within the stage of the constructed landscape. Each photograph explores formal arrangements of hedgerows, topiaries, vistas, glass house conservatories, and garden walls.
Nori Hall has found photography to be a magical arena where she can play. The intent is to provide for herself, and the viewer, pure aesthetic pleasure even as her imagery evokes irony between the ideal places she depicts and everyday settings. Hall's images emphasize order and solidity found within the landscape and arrive at a sublime abstraction of color and shape permeated with a lyrical, shadowy glow. The result is a consistently picturesque and romantic, but stylized, window on a world that crosses between reality and dreams.
After earning his B.F.A. in photography and sculpture from the Herron School of Art Mitch Eckert received an M.F.A from Ohio University where he focused on photography, printmaking and art history. Mitch is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Louisville. His work for the past fifteen years has focused on the multifaceted and complex interpretation of the still life. His current work explores the engineered landscape focusing on botanic and formal gardens. Throughout, he has incorporated traditional and digital photographic techniques.
Eckert’s work resides in several institutions and museums including Brown-Forman Corporation, Kentucky State University, the Photographic Archives at the University of Louisville, the Butler Institute of American Art and 21c. Museum.
Before pursuing photography professionally , Nori Hall worked as an architect in New York City and, later, as a project manager for real estate development companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Her education includes an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, a Graduate Diploma from The Architectural Association, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College where she majored in economics and fine arts.
For the past two decades, Ms. Hall has been devoted to landscape photography. She shoot with a Hasselbrand medium format film camera and print digitally. She works in her backyard and those of friends, in formal English gardens, and in the rural Kentucky landscape. Ms. Hall is represented by Ann Tower Gallery of Lexington Kentucky.
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