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Two Views of New York

Monica Tatjana Gotz & G. Scott MacLeod

Using the simple device of the pinhole camera to record scenes of New York City, Monica Tatjana Gotz captures atmospheres that are quite unlike the hurried pace of daily life in New York. We see quiet oases of tranquility, oblique and sometimes obscure views of the city, and tonal qualities that give the viewer a sense of time. The many layers of the city and its history, both natural and manmade, are exposed but with a voyeuristic eye. The surrounds become vague, uncertain. The central focus of each photo usually involves man-made structures; the Queensboro Bridge, the Bandshell or the Winterdale Arch or a Gothic-style bridge in Central Park.

What surrounds them is usually nature as seen in a city whether it be sky, water, garden or park. The main sense that emerges from viewing Gotzís photography as a collectivity is that we are witness to brief glimpses of a private world in a city that is anything but private. New York City thus carries with it a narrative history that is simultaneously about the past, and present, even inadvertently a future. Monica Tatjana Gotzís soulful pinhole photo images are intentionally distressed and varnished to achieve a further sense of what the 19th century art and architecture critic John Ruskin called the ďweare of tymeĒ. She captures this sense of the mystery of the ordinary place and space with an elegant sense of bygone days.

Ironically, the starting point for Scott MacLeodís paintings is precisely the contrary to that of Monica Tatjana Gotzís. MacLeodís paintings are not derived from the observation of reality at all. Instead, they draw directly from the atmosphere and subject matter of Gotzís pinhole photos. MacLeodís paintings are resplendent with a sense of the captured moment. Each subject is brought to life with a delight in the build up of atmosphere on the paint surface. From Gothic arches, to bridge structures, to the tranquility of a Central Park pond, all MacLeodís paintings are based on Gotzís photographs. We would never have known this without having been informed of it. Using a thick impasto, loose brushwork and strong coloristic sense, MacLeod has produced a remarkable series of lively oil on masonite sketches for this show. His ability to transcend the ordinary, and refabricate a sense of the mystery and beauty of a place is remarkable.

- John K. Grande

TWO VIEWS PROJECT OUTLINE

The inspiration for this series comes from American photographer Monica Tatjana Gotzís pinhole photographs. Monica and I both decided to collaborate on a project that would involve me responding to her photography and immediate environment, which is New York City, specifically Central Park. With her simple cardboard photographic device Monica has recorded the bridges and architecture of Central Park and the surrounding areas. In doing so she has captured atmospheres that are quite unlike the hurried pace of daily life in New York. In her photos we see quiet oases of tranquility, oblique and sometimes obscure views of the city, and tonal qualities that give the viewer a sense of time. The many layers of the city and its history, both natural and manmade, are exposed but with a voyeuristic eye. The surroundings are vague and uncertain. The central focus of each photo usually involves human-made structures, such as the Bandshell or the Winterdale Arch or a Bow bridge in Central Park.

My drawings and paintings are not derived from the observation of reality at all. Instead, they draw directly from the atmosphere and subject matter of Monicaís pinhole photos. My drawings and paintings are resplendent with a sense of the captured moment. Each subject is brought to life with a delight in the build up of atmosphere on the drawn and painted surface. From arches, to bridge structures, to the tranquility of a Central Park pond, all of my drawings and paintings are based on Monicaís photographs. One would never have known this without having been informed of it. I have used water soluble graphite, water colour and oil paint with a strong coloristic sense, to produce a series fluid drawings and lively oils on masonite for this show. In the process I have tried to transcend the ordinary, and re-fabricate another time and a sense of the mystery and beauty of a place that is truly remarkable.

G. Scott MacLeod


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