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The Ephemeral Moment:
Mark Klett, Ken Rosenthal, William Lesch


THE EPHEMERAL MOMENT : Mark Klett, Ken Rosenthal, and William Lesch

Dates: March 20th – June 2nd, 2007

Reception: Saturday, March 24th,  7 - 10 p.m.

Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue

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

Contact: 624-7370 :: Daphne Srinivasan

Time and the universal need to explain its movement, speed, and inconsistencies  is explained by three well-known Arizona photographers – Mark Klett, William Lesch and Ken Rosenthal --  in a new exhibition at Etherton Gallery, opening with a reception from 7pm – 10 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2007.  All three photographers share the belief that time does not operate in a positive linear fashion; but rather that multiple currents moving at different speeds and in different directions operate simultaneously,  explaining the co-existence of creation, destruction and stasis. 

Describing his recent work, Time Studies, Mark Klett says, “The basic idea is that experience takes place using different measures of time, and these are not the ways we usually think of time passing.” The series shot in the Arizona desert near Klett’s home, focuses on the intersection of man-made time and geologic time. Klett’s strategy was to open and close his lens frequently, making exposures that lasted from ten minutes up to an hour, creating a disconnect between our eyes and our intellect.

William Lesch’s new series, Time Exposures, explores the relationship between time and attention in the photograph. Lesch believes that photography is a “platform for vision” which can itself affect our notion of time. The way we pay attention, whether contemplative or cursory, determines how we understand the passage of time in both making and reading a photograph. Lesch uses long exposure times of several minutes and even hours but uses contemporary chemical processes that cause the image to deteriorate. Sometimes he allows this deterioration to continue for days, eating into the physical image itself. Lesch’s photographs of vital desert forces – clouds and water -- are a graphic demonstration of how we cajole and manipulate time to suit our own needs.

Ken Rosenthal ’s recent body of work, A Dream Half Remembered, also refutes our culturally accepted view of time. Rosenthal investigates time as an element of universal human psychology; a fragmented, dream-like entity. As Rosenthal says, “I began working on this series focusing on the shards of memory retained from the dream state, and the often-random structure and narrative of dreams.” In making his prints, Rosenthal employed a diffuse style of printing to “strip away specificity from the subject.” The series shifts from family portraits to strangers, from landscape to animals, making the familiar seem unfamiliar, through the diffuse reality of an inconsistent and even contradictory mode of experiencing time.

Mark Klett  

Originally from Albany, New York, Mark Klett has lived in Arizona since 1982. He received a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. He currently serves as Regents’ Professor of Art, School of Art at Arizona State University. He is best known as the Chief Photographer and Project Director of the Rephotographic Survey Project, also known as Third View, in which he traced the steps of important 19th and 20th century photographers, such as Edward Muybridge, Timothy O’Sullivan, Carleton Watkins, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, throughout the West. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York, which enabled him to produce his new body of work, centered on the Southwest, Time Studies. Klett’s work is in the permanent collections of major museums in the United States and abroad, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.


Ken Rosenthal

Originally from California, Ken Rosenthal obtained his B.A. in Photography from the USC School of Cinema-Television, Los Angeles, CA and his M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor, Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2002 Rosenthal’s work has been featured in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Rosenthal’s first monograph will be published as part of the Wittliff Gallery Series by the University of Texas Press in 2007. His current work, A Dream Half Remembered, focuses on the notion of fragmentary time. Rosenthal’s work is in the permanent collections of several major museums including The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; National Portrait Gallery, London; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; and the Wittliff Gallery of Southwest and Mexican Photography, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.


William Lesch

William Lesch came to Tucson, Arizona from Indianapolis, IN in 1977 to attend the University of Arizona, where he received his B.F.A. and pursued graduate studies. He currently works as a fine art and architectural photographer. He has been featured in numerous exhibitions and was also the subject of a PBS documentary, Arizona Artforms. Lesch’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ



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