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October 12, 2004 > Suspension - The Photography of Geir and Kate Jordahl

Suspension - The Photography of Geir and Kate Jordahl

by Arathi Satish

Suspension - The photography of Geir and Kate Jordahl is the new exhibit at the City Of Fremont's Olive Hyde Art Gallery, which opened on October 8 and will continue through November 20, 2004. This exhibition features the work of local Photographic duo with images from various parts of the world. It is interesting to note that their work, photographed from the same point, depicts two different, unique and interconnected visions of place and spirit.

Kate Jordahl is inspired by "seeing". She shows her enthusiasm and passion in both her artwork as well as her teaching. Kate says she searches for places "where the spirit of earth and the human spirit come together". Kate uses a 35 mm camera and infrared film that is sensitive to light beyond the visible spectrum. Through filtration and printing, she stretches this special film and works to move beyond the expected infrared representation to a magical and reverent imaging of the land. She hand prints her images and selectively tones and hand tints them too. Her work was selected for "The friends of Photography Collector's Print program" in 1994.

Geir Jordahl photography reflects his passion for light and life. He feels that, "through his travels, he explores his relationship to the world by visually discovering unique aspects to each place and subject he experiences". He believes that the spirit of the place is revealed by his camera. Geir has worked extensively with the widelux camera that is a panoramic wide-field camera, which approximates the 140-degree perspective of human vision. He creates images by using this camera and film sensitive to invisible infrared light. Emphasis is placed on his emotional and visceral responses to the world. Jordahl uses the scientific properties of light to present a magical vision of the land.

Kate and Geir Jordahl are directors of the PhotoCentral program in Hayward that was founded in 1983. It has grown into a notable art program and facility in the San Francisco Bay area offering classes, workshops, rental darkrooms and gallery space to local artists. They were both Artists- in- Residence for Yosemite National Park in 1993. Their photographs have been exhibited all over the world, published in many publications and are in many collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Yosemite Museum and are available through the Ansel Adams Galleries or can be bought directly from the artists.

"Suspension - The photography of Geir and Kate Jordahl"
October 8 - November 20, 2004
Reception: Friday, October 15, 7-9 p.m.
Gallery hours: Thurs - Sun, 12-5 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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