October 14 - November 25, 2023
From Photographs Do Not Bend:
“Marcy Palmer’s suite of gold leaf photographs explore the subject of beauty. She takes botanical photographs, mostly flowers, and then gilds them to emphasize their preciousness. Marcy is inspired by this quote by John O’Donohue,
“I think that beauty is not a luxury, but that it enobles the heart and reminds us of the infinity that is within us.”
During the pandemic so many of us sought inspiration and comfort in nature.
Our attraction to local flora was amplified. Perhaps this is why the work resonates, the beauty is profound.
These are mostly small, exquisite photographs that are gilded with 24k or 18k gold leaf. Marcy identifies the early botanical images by Anna Atkins as a major influence, as well as Karl Blossfeldt’s important plant studies.
PDNB is including photographs from Marcy’s abstract series, Unearthing. These expressive images can be viewed as documented performance art. She is pulling string, mixing organic matter, wire and other elements into a punctured, painted backdrop with colorful light shining through.
These images convey tension, joy, chaos of the natural and her imagined world. Given the gallery’s previous show of early abstract photographs, this is a continuing exploration of contemporary abstract photography.”
Reception: October 14, 2023 | 5–8 pm
150 Manufacturing Street, Suite 203
Dallas, 75207 Texas