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Terra Mater
Mayme Kratz, Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville


January 10 – March 11, 2017

Opening Reception: Artist Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, January 14, 7-10pm
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370

Etherton Gallery Features 3 Phoenix Artists in First Exhibition of 2017
Terra Mater: Mayme Kratz, Michael Lundgren, Christopher Colville opens January 14, 2017

Tucson, January 14, 2017: Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Terra Mater, featuring mixed media by artist Mayme Kratz and photography by Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville. Terra Mater’s artists remind us of what RW Emerson called, our ”original relationship to the universe,” providing an intimate look at the processes of ruin and regeneration in the Sonoran desert. The exhibition opens with an Artist Reception and Book Signing, at 7-10pm, Saturday, January 14, 2017. The show runs through March 6, 2017.  All artists will attend.

With the eye of a naturalist and the soul of a poet, Mayme Kratz redeems our sense of wonder in the Sonoran Desert. Terra Mater features the work for which Kratz is best known -- wall sculptures composed of dense layers of luminous resin embedded with the flotsam and jetsam of desert life.  An ode to the natural wildness of man and nature, her delicate sculptures resemble amber artifacts writ large. Terra Mater also presents a never before exhibited handmade artist book, Three Days in the Wilderness, which celebrates the creative potential of an intimate relationship with nature, and includes text, graphite rubbings, and small resin sculptures. As she explains, “The foundation of my creative process never changes. My work celebrates the endless cycles of change and rebirth in nature. My walks in the wilderness reveal fragile ecosystems, strange beauty – insights in detritus. Most of the time I focus on beauty, sometimes on memory, and recently on longing – for that which has gone missing – or what I feel, but cannot see.

Christopher Colville makes unique photograms generated from the explosion of small amounts of gunpowder. Terra Mater highlights recent work including images from a recent series, Dark Matter. The Dark Matter photographs incorporate spent paper targets collected from often illegal firing ranges, creating volatile images with complicated cultural references. Colville places the targets on the paper with a measure of gunpowder which, when ignited, creates a negative image of them with the bullet holes and punctures exposing and burning the paper beneath. The use of heightened and unrestrained light gives forceful expression to the democracy of nature’s wrath, sparing neither the environment nor the man-made. Colville describes them as “luminous shadows whose clarity refute their violent creation. These images grow from a response to this physical landscape that holds a compressed history of violence exacerbated by our uncertain times.”

Terra Mater features a selection of Michael Lundgren’s landscape photographs from the series Matter, which record the mysteries of decay and transformation in the Sonoran desert. Mirroring the long-term effects of time and weather, Lundgren creates bodies of work whose meaning and trajectory is altered over time with the addition of new images. Lundgren rejects the perceived divide between nature and culture. Eroded, chiseled cliff sides and ghostly remnants of tent poles are evidence of an inevitable violent reordering of the world. In the words of the photographer, “Lodged in my mind and my images is a fascination with the impartial violence of nature… We have been led to believe that entropy is the law of disorder; instead, we discover it is the assemblage of order from disorder. Perhaps this order will include us, perhaps it will not.” Signed copies of Lundgren’s new book, Matter (Radius Books, 2016) will be available at the gallery.

For more information about Terra Mater: Mayme Kratz, Christopher Colville, Michael Lundgren, please contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at (520) 624-73270 or info@ethertongallery.com or go to ethertongallery.com.



Mayme Kratz (b. 1958)
Mayme Kratz was born in San Diego County, California and has lived in Phoenix since 1986.  Self-educated and focused on her creative life at an early age, she apprenticed with artist James Hubbell in her early twenties. Kratz was a visiting artist at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and was awarded a residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.  In 2011, Kratz was the recipient of a mid-career award and exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Her work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Tacoma Museum of Glass; and Blue Star Art in San Antonio, Texas. Mayme Kratz’s work is in many private and public collections throughout the United States including the MGM Grand City Center Collection in Las Vegas Nevada. 

Christopher Colville (b. 1974)
Christopher Colville was born in Tucson, Arizona.  He received his BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and his MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. He has held positions as visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and Adjunct at the Maricopa Community Colleges. In 2015, he embarked on a visual-musical collaboration with the Italian artists Architeuthis Rex. Lens Culture also named Colville one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents in 2015. Colville is the recipient of several awards including the 2012 Critical Mass Top 50 Award; the Humble Art Foundation 2009 New Photography Grant; an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant; a Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts; and an American Scandinavian Foundation Artist Fellowship which allowed him to travel to Iceland.  His work has recently been exhibited in the MIA Photo Festival, Milan, Italy; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; the Tucson Museum of Art and the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL. Colville’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; the International Center of Photography, New York, NY; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA and the Princeton University Museum of Art, Princeton, NJ.

Michael Lundgren
Artist Michael Lundgren draws on a deep current in photographic tradition that takes the natural world as the seat of transcendence. Lundgren works collaboratively with artists, scientists and writers on historically and socially engaged bodies of work, but his true passion is the poetic potential of the medium. His first monograph, Transfigurations (2008) is an evolution of the modernist search for form within a primitive landscape. His second monograph, Matter, was published by the award-winning Radius Books in 2016. Lundgren is the recipient of numerous awards from the Magenta Foundation, 10x10 American Photobooks, The Silverstein Photography Annual, and the Arizona Governor’s Award. He was recently named a finalist for the Hariban Award and for Immersion: A French American Photography Commission. Lundgren collaborated with photographer Mark Klett, environmental historian Philip L. Fradkin and author Rebecca Solnit on the book and exhibition, After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006, Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (2006), a project that probes the meaning of ruins, and the evolving geography and history of a resurrected city by bringing past and present into dynamic juxtaposition. Lundgren has exhibited in contemporary art galleries and museums including; the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; the Fralin Museum; Tokyo Photo, Japan; Paris Photo, France; and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Most recently his work was included the internationally touring exhibition After Ansel Adams at the Museum of Photographic Arts; Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Art from the American Southwest; and Fotografia Europea Festival, Earth Effect, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Lundgren’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; the Fralin Museum, Charlottesville, VA; Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Odense, Denmark; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX among others.  Lundgren spent his formative years roaming the woods and fields of upstate New York and received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Pulled by the vast Western landscape, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he earned an MFA in studio art from Arizona State University. He continues to live and work in the Sonoran desert.

Etherton Gallery
Etherton Gallery is the premier fine art photography gallery in the Southwest and is known for its extensive collection of vintage, classic and contemporary photography. Etherton also shows work by top local and regional artists in all media. The gallery participates in several art fairs including, Classic Photographs LA, Paris Photo, Texas Contemporary, and The AIPAD Photography Show and has long-standing relationships with museums, corporations and private collectors around the world. Terry Etherton is an accredited appraiser and provides consulting services on all matters relating to photography, including absentee bidding. Etherton Gallery is located at 135 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.


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