Between Heaven and Earth
It is easy to become seduced by the sumptuous earthly landscapes that are so often presented to our senses.
Likewise we’ve all looked far into the skies and lost ourselves in the immensity of the endless vistas above us.
There is that precinct, however, in the interface
between heaven and earth that is somehow grounding to the
Sometimes just seeing a mere touch of landscape beneath the cloudscape gives us the best of both worlds:
the ethereal lightness of being that the skies bring to us, and
the groundedness of the gravity-bound land below.
Other times we are surprised to see in the lofty clouds
the very same forms we see in the land-tied terrain beneath them.
The Garden After Eden
Let’s get honest. Most of our gardens look nothing like the images in the seed catalogs we pored over last January.
Turn our backs on a garden for a week and Mother Nature inevitably has Her way.
Green becomes yellow, smooth turns into tattered, and wasps bore tunnels into the sweetness of the figs.
The Garden After Eden is a celebration of the innate beauty of this reality show.
The Garden After Eden images back away from relishing in decay.
Rather they expose the vibrant underbelly of what feeds us.
A little dirt does not mean dirty,
a tomato with a slug on it is still a love apple inside, and peaches gathered from the ground can still go into the pie if you get there before the squirrels.
The Three Worlds
Magic and mystery flow on the ocean’s edge when the enveloping morning fog begins to dissipate.
Created for us is a multi-phase world.
We see the rolling sea merging softly in the far distance
with the moisture-laden sky above it,
while we are anchored upon the lichen-covered rocks beneath our feet.
Whereas some of us would rather be alone in this water-sky-earth world, this solitude rarely lasts long.
Our reverie may be occasionally punctuated by the complaining gull or the cormorant drying his wings, and sometimes by the glittering aluminum bird flying so far and so high that we can barely see it.
While we scan the horizon for majestic orcas,
we are more likely to see the last of the morning fishing boats or the first of the day yachts emerging from the fog.
The Song of Anu
For the artist, it is a bittersweet experience to mindfully walk through the sacred space of the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc in Belfort France.
You are visually immersed in the massive, gloriously crafted panels of contemporary stained glass installed in the early 1950s that fill the space with beams of multicolored light.
On closer inspection however majesty turns into a kind of sadness as the degraded condition of the glass become apparent.
The glass is laced with cracks from rocks thrown from across the street and newspaper fills some of the larger openings to the world outside.
Time and neglect and roosting pigeons are taking their toll.
The Vitraux images are a celebration of the abstract beauty - and the infirmities - of this little known and little cared for masterpiece of the glass workers’ art.
If you will, rejoice in the color and form while you can, wistfully thinking of the impermanence of it all.
Recent Invited and Juried Exhibitions
Edge to Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta GA, October 2016, invited by Chip Simone
Airport Show 2014, Atlanta Photography Group, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA, October 2014, juried by Amy Miller
Airport Show 2012, Atlanta Photography Group, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA, October 2012, juried by Amy Miller
Picturing Georgia, Airport Art Program, long-term installation in new International Terminal, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA, May 2012, invited by Amy Miller and Corrine Adams, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Benefit Gala Auction, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville GA, March 2012
Life Support Japan Benefit, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta GA, March 2011
Portfolio Show, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta GA, December 2010, juried by Dr. Anthony Bannon, George Eastman House
Drawing with Light, Bowen Center for the Arts, Dawsonville GA, October 2010
Amalgam, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville GA, August 2010, invited 2-person, 23 pieces
Benefit for Haiti, Composition Gallery, Atlanta GA, April 2010
Benefit for No One Alone, North Georgia State College and University, May 2010
Evolution, Bowen Center for the Arts, Dawsonville GA, February 2010
Fresh Perspectives 2009, Snapdragon/Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta GA, October 2009
Color Magazine, May 2010
B&W Magazine, February 2007, two images, one a Silver Award
Images and Text Copyright 2016 Richard Ediger