December 1 – December 31, 2011
Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Lynn Geesaman’s dramatic color photographs of formal, sculpted gardens and invented landscapes in Europe and the United States. Known for her color and black and white photographs, Geesaman’s work explores the margin between artifice and nature in the formal landscape.
Through precisely composed images, Geesaman observes the relationship between the natural and structured environment, and the ways in which we construct our surroundings. This psychological exploration is echoed in her unusual darkroom technique, which suppresses detail in favor of form, drawing out ambiguities and distorting scale, in a way that recalls the early 20th century pictorialist photographers. Her choice of a heightened and surreal color palette give these images a painterly luminescence, abstractly blurring the distinction between the natural and constructed, both literally and conceptually.
Lynn Geesaman was born in Ohio and currently lives in Minnesota. She earned a degree in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College in 1960. It was some twenty years later that she took up photography. Geesaman’s work has been recognized internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is also included in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.