April 3 — June 30 2023
artwork: 14 x 20 in
Metal print from infrared camera
Spread your Limbs (2020)
artwork: 9.75 x 21.5 in
Sandy Brown Jensen
The Great Carbon Raven (2023)
artwork: 14 x 11 in
framed: 18 x 15 in
Carbon transfer print
Don Dexter Gallery is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new location with a group exhibition comprising a selection of works from members of PhotoZone Gallery. The group exhibition is on view in Eugene at 2911 Tennyson Ave #202 from April 3 through June 30, 2023. All are welcome to an opening reception on Saturday, April 15 from 4 to 7 PM, followed by drinks and snacks. Don Dexter Gallery is an Indigenous-owned business with over 25 years of experience in the community promoting and hosting established and emerging artists.
Featured gallery artists include Mark Anderson, Bryan Andresen, David Becker, Linda Devenow, Ron Dobrowski, Greg Giesy, Sandy Brown Jensen, Don Myers, Sandi T. O’Brien, Walt O’Brien, Patrick Plaia, Doremus Scudder, David Simone, and Michael Z. Taylor.
Into the Woods (2019) near Siltcoos Station on the Oregon coast. The spotlight of sunlight on the lichen covered Red Alders demanded monochromatic treatment and effectively illustrates a motif that is the basis for much of Anderson’s work: “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” —Henry David Thoreau
Crooked River, Smith Rock State Park (2022) Taken before the overlying clouds quickly obscured the sun that had illuminated the canyon walls with a beautiful glow, replaced by a flat, gray light. This photo may be one of probably millions of the same scene, but also rekindles a memory of a fleeting, yet exciting and beautiful scene.
Spread Your Limbs (2020) is a digital rendering of the historical Owen Rose Garden cherry tree stripped of its leaves and extracted from its environment to reveal all the beautiful shapes, curves, and details that only Mother Nature can create. “The old saying ‘You can’t see the forest for the trees’ is wrong. It should say, ‘You can’t see the trees for the forest.’”
Linda Devenow Twilit
Twilit (2018) Florence, Oregon, is rendered in vivid blue/violet native infrared and because of these hues, almost impossible to mat. Twilit works best as a metal print.
Umbrella Ranch (2023) is a toned silver gelatin photograph of the corner of the photographer’s friend’s barn.
Long-Tailed Weasel, Malheur Refuge Headquarters, OR (2018) It is rare to see, let alone get a good photograph of, a weasel in its natural surroundings. Malheur Refuge Headquarters gives you a better chance because they put out bird feeders for migrating birds that draw small birds and ground squirrels, which are food for weasels and other predators.
Sandy Brown Jensen
The Great Carbon Raven (2023) is rare, unique, and valuable because he was created using carbon transfer printing. Look closely at how the blacks actually look three-dimensional, which is the result of having a very noticeable “relief.” Specifically, the shadow areas of the image are the result of a thick layer of pigmented gelatin while the highlights are areas created by very thin layers of pigmented gelatin. A perfectly crafted carbon transfer print is perhaps the pinnacle of photographic printmaking. Perfecting the process of carbon transfer printmaking takes years to master and, as such, has limited the printmakers of this craft to only a mere handful worldwide. A carbon transfer print is not just a photograph – it’s a highly desirable and collectible work of art.
Enchanted Forest (2022) was taken with a 35mm SLR camera converted to take infrared photos. Postproduction was done using Photoshop with further editing in ON1 RAW and Topaz.
Sandi T. O’Brien
Tree Beard (2018) is an infrared photo of moss dripping off a tree in the old-growth grove in the Delta Campground off Hwy 126. This grove is now burned to the ground in the Holiday Farm Fire on Labor Day in 2020. O’Brien’s photos of this grove are all that is left.
Sunset, Hendricks Park #1 (2022) was photographed using 4×5 infrared film, scanned and printed on Canson Baryta Prestige paper with Epson Ultrachrome HDX ink.
Balance Rock, Arches National Park (2022)
Dunes 52, Death Valley (2016) is a traditional darkroom-made photographic print made from a large-format film negative, archivally processed and matted.
Desert Morning, archival inkjet print.
Michael Z. Taylor
Mother Tree – The Comeback (2022) was taken on MF infrared film, scanned and processed digitally. Part of his series “The Willfulness of Being”, a collection of images that reveals for the viewer an intimate self-awareness that exists in all things living.
About PhotoZone Gallery
PhotoZone Gallery, founded in Eugene in 1988, is an artist-run photographic collective of diverse photographers interested in the fine art of photography. Genres include landscape and nature photography, documentary styles, abstract expression as well as portraiture and pinhole photography.
About the Artists
Mark Anderson worked as a technician in film and stage for most of my adult life. Much of this work involved either lighting design or the installation of lighting equipment for theatrical events. The jump from lighting to photography is quite small. Thus he operated a small photo studio in Honolulu for 12 years. Subjects ranged from politicians to pizza. However, Anderson was too busy earning a living with a camera to do any “art,” or maybe he just wasn’t ready. In retirement Anderson has been able to pursue camera arts fully. He has never so enjoyed operating a camera.
Born in Portland, raised in Junction City, and currently living outside Eugene, Bryan Andresen has relatively deep roots as a fifth generation Oregonian. His photographs typically are the result of an enthusiastic journey in search of unique glimpses of our world. Two early experiences in college helped form his appreciation of and veneration for human life and the dangerous yet beautiful natural world. Never far removed from his memory is the recollection of a near fatal mountaineering accident entailing a fall 500 feet down rock, snow, and ice. He was 18 at the time. Also, while in college studying hummingbirds in Costa Rica, he revived an unconscious, non-breathing man who had been pulled from the ocean. To him, images of water invoke whitewater rafting, steelhead fishing, rowing a racing shell. He also acknowledges a different, deeper, and darker perspective of water which acknowledges the pain of family members after a drowning accident. One of his first patients in medical training was a drowning victim. He will never forget the sobs of the mother of her 2-year-old child. Andresen’s photographs of water often include an element of mystery, danger, and beauty. Andresen has had a life-long interest in photography; from his earliest years, a camera has typically accompanied him on outings. Starting in 2016, he has described himself as a “serious amateur”. He conjectures that the toxic and ugly political climate of that year stimulated in him a deep desire to bring something of worth, meaning, and beauty into the world. Retiring from medical practice in 2019, he joined Eugene’s PhotoZone the same year. He now devotes considerable time, passion and enthusiasm to the study and practice of photography. His images open a small window into a feeling of wonder and mystery, underlying the cycles of nature.
A Eugene, Oregon-based photographer and digital artist, David Becker has lived in Oregon all his life except for the four years he was in the Navy. He has always been interested in art, photography, and digital art. Becker is a self-taught multimedia artist who uses photography to capture and collect raw material to realize the ideas in my mind. He draws inspiration from everything he sees, or an idea may come to him after he captures an image. He aims to make his art look like a realistic photo, painting, drawing, or, ideally, a little of all three. Some people consider Becker primarily a photographer, others view him as a painter, but all realize he is an artist with a unique world perspective that he shares through his work. Becker has been in numerous juried art shows throughout the Northwest and Hawaii. He also had solo shows at these galleries; Washington Abbey, O’Brien Photo Gallery, Harris Hall at Lane County Courthouse, and Island Park Gallery. He has also won numerous awards at camera club competitions and juried art shows.
Linda Devenow was born in Detroit, Michigan and fell in love with the look and feel of the forests and lakes of the upper part of the Lower Peninsula. In Los Angeles, her passion for photography lead to her being hired as the exclusive photographer for all Walt Disney TV Animation employee events. From there she expanded her business to include family portraiture and professional head shots. She moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2002, which was reminiscent of the spiritually of Michigan’s terrain. Her portfolio covers landscape, portraiture, and nature images. Currently she is concentrating on rendering black and white/color infrared images, catching the hidden emotion of the scene.
Ron Dobrowski’s work represents a classic, film based, approach to fine art black and white photography – an approach used since studying photography at Montana State University. Medium format film cameras are used and the images produced are printed directly from the original negative in a wet darkroom. Selenium toning is used to enhance the final appearance as well as to increase the archival qualities of the image. Dobrowski has sold his photographic artworks at art events throughout the country and has exhibited his work at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, Camerawork Gallery in Portland and the Danforth Gallery in Livingston, Montana.
As an award-winning nature photographer Greg Giesy has a keen interest in the state of not only our wild places but our urban environment – the world outside our door. His years of experience have honed his eye to focus on and appreciate the details present in nature. Giesy believes that the average person should spend more time to notice and focus on where we live. People need to connect, appreciate, and protect the world around them. Giesy has been a serious photographer for over fifty years. He has ranged in styles from fine art black and white photography to architectural photography, to color commercial product macro photography, to event photography, and onto nature photography which mainly includes macro and telephoto in both color and black & white photos of plant, flower, bird, and other wildlife. His photography is enhanced by his background in architecture, jewelry, and landscape design and construction. To help him produce that detail in digital photos he has went from a Canon 20D to a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and now to two cameras a Canon EOS 5DS R a 50-megapixel digital camera and a Canon EOS R5 a 45-megapixel mirrorless camera for their exceptional clarity, stabilization, and extreme telephoto lenses as shown in the photographs that are on display.
Sandy Brown Jensen
Based in Eugene, Oregon, Sandy Brown Jensen is happily married to her Shakespeare scholar husband, Peter, and they are ruled by two cats in a house not too far from the Willamette River. Jensen is the voice of Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. She is interested in historic and alternative photographic processes. Jensen is an avid hiker and backpacker as well as a passionate home cook. Her favorite city is Paris.
Don Myers started taking photos when he was stationed in Vietnam. He majored in Journalism with a focus on Photojournalism. Myers worked for numerous newspapers and magazines. Although his career diverted to technology his interest in photography never waned. Myers has recently become interested in infrared photography and am very much enjoying this new aspect of something he has always loved.
Sandi T. O’Brien
Sandi T. O’Brien has been photographing since she was a teen, but didn’t get serious till in her late 30’s when a friend gave O’Brien her 35mm Nikon and several lenses. She got far more serious when she married her husband, who is a professional and owns a photo finishing business. They joke that with his tutelage, free film and processing/printing she had to get better.
Walt O’Brien has been photographing since about 1957. He has been a member of PhotoZone Gallery since 1992 and has exhibited there and in other galleries to include Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Umpqua Community College Gallery, Jacobs Gallery, Oregon Arts Alliance, Emerald Art Center, Light Box Gallery, Maude Kerns Art Center, the Center For Photographic Art in Carmel California, Bostick and Sullivan Gallery in Santa Fe and The University of Oregon Law Center. He taught photography at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and Lane Community College. O’Brien also has a large body of Color, B&W and alternative process work. He has created several photo books. He currently teaches darkroom classes in traditional film processing and silver gelatin printing along with classes in the platinum/palladium process O’Brien currently lives in Creswell, Oregon and operates his lab and galley at 2833 Willamette Street, Ste B. in Eugene.
Patrick Plaia lives in Eugene, Oregon, and has been producing photographic art for 30 years. He works in color, infrared, and black and white. His primary interests are landscape, travel, and abstract.
Doremus Scudder grew up in Southern Oregon. He has pursued dual careers as classical singer and large-format photographer since his early twenties. He lived, sang, taught and photographed for 30 years in Vienna, Austria, but has always returned to the landscapes and forms of the American West for much of his work. Scudder works slowly with large-format camera and film, and crafts traditional photographic prints in the darkroom; an increasing rarity in this digital age. Although color photography was once a large part of his commercial work, his personal vision has always been manifested through the photographic instrument he deems most expressive: Black-and-White. In 2019, Scudder and his wife relocated from Vienna to Eugene, where they quickly became involved in the local and regional arts and music scenes. Scudder’s photographs are exhibited widely and represented in numerous galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
David Simone was a founding member of PhotoZone Gallery back around 1988 but left the group to better pursue his career. Simone’s career as a local professional photographer is well known. His photography and printing skills are among the best of the best.
Michael Z. Taylor
More than fifty years ago Michael Z. Taylor built his first darkroom using cardboard, tape, and a navy surplus enlarger. From that day on the magic of photography, its process and creative potential, became a passion. He believes art is not an end-product but more a by-product of the artist’s journey. Having traveled much of the western states for better than 30 years, Taylor became immersed in the visual frontier and its interplay between a sense of “place” and the “things” that are found there. Today this journey has become more introspective, seeking to capture life in its purest form: uniquely individual and self-aware. In his images, Taylor sees more than a tree or a leaf. They are about seeing ourselves in connection with the world around us. They are portraits; profiles of community, of family, of souls wrapped in the fleeting grace of their beingness. Each image captures that single moment they inhabit, the willfulness of their being – a life aware of itself. To him, we are each of us a life possessed, one brief moment trailing in the sweep of infinite time and space.