Home artnet Artsy
Elegant Wisdoms: Photographs
Kate Breakey, Lisa M. Robinson, Chris Enos


Elegant Wisdoms: Photographs by Kate Breakey, Chris Enos, Lisa M. Robinson

Dates: November 10, 2007 – January 19, 2008

Reception: Saturday, November 10th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 - 5 , Thursday 11 - 7

Contact: (520) 624-7370 :: Daphne Srinivasan, Hannah Glasston, Terry Etherton


The tension between photography as a window on the natural world and photography as a visual language that can convey alternative meanings, is the subject of Etherton Gallery’s exhibition, Elegant Wisdoms, featuring the work of photographers, Kate Breakey, Chris Enos and Lisa M. Robinson. Each photographer addresses this issue through an exploration of man’s relationship to nature. An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 10th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Kate Breakey’s portfolio of her recent work and Snowbound, a new book by Lisa Robinson as well as a portfolio of Robinson’s recent work will be available. The exhibition runs through January 19, 2008.


Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey’s new work is a series of intimate views of potted cacti. She humanizes them, creating beautiful, even playful images of these creature-plants that strip away their extremes. She photographs them sitting on a table against rich, hand-tinted backgrounds and vintage bark cloth. Gone are the rough, serrated edge and deadly spine of the barrel cactus, as well as the trite image of the saguaro, symbol of transcendental self-realization. Breakey strips away what we think we know and then patiently, painstakingly creates a new identity for the cactus, one we do not recognize, one that forces us to look again. She does this by, adding many transparent layers of oil paint to a black and white photograph, gainsaying its ability to truthfully frame the world. This technique creates a visual language that suggests alternate meanings for the natural world. In Breakey’s work, the reality of the photograph and the illusion of paint, combine and separate over and over, creating a tension between evidence and interpretation.

Chris Enos

In her Portal series, Chris Enos photographs ancient Anasazi ruins, overturning our understanding of time and space in the process. Enos, whose interests include metaphysics and science, believes that although we are aware of living in only one universe, we constantly interact with many “hidden universes.” Enos’ images juxtapose camera vision, which seems to function as a window on the world, and perception, an intuited sensory-driven way of paying attention to and understanding the world. This self-awareness offers an alternative way of understanding space. Enos’ photographs, printed on canvas then painted with oils, become gateways to other worlds. Our eye darts from the literal world that the photograph presents to a more ambiguous kind of space, perhaps from another world, that Enos captures.

Lisa M. Robinson

Lisa M. Robinson’s pristine, snowy white landscapes from her new series, Snowbound, share a poetic lyricism, a quiet reverence for nature, with Japanese painting. Robinson frames the landscape, weighed down by thick and heavy snow and a grey sky, flattening the picture plane. However, her work is not about landscape. Rather, Robinson is interested in metaphor. Minimalist images are punctuated by colorful man-made structures, such as an orange fence overwhelmed by the very snow and ice it was designed protect against, that also emerges from the snow like blooming croci in late winter. She has captured an environment in transition from winter to spring, the cyclical ascendancy of nature over man; in short, the inevitability of change. The mood of the image is both melancholy and hopeful. Robinson’s work is not only about the evanescence of the seasons but the fleeting nature of “the human place in this world.”


Please join us for the opening reception of Elegant Wisdoms on Saturday, November 10th 7 -- 10pm to meet these remarkable photographers – Kate Breakey, Chris Enos and Lisa Robinson.

Represented in Tucson by Etherton Gallery, the artists are available for interviews upon request. Please contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or email us at info@ethertongallery.com to schedule an interview or for more information about their work.


Return to Show