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Peter Marr's and Partners' Picks of the Show

Rochester Destinations

September 8 to October 4, 2015

 Peter Marr and Gallery Partners have chosen their "Picks of the Show"
and present a commentary on their choices.

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Peter Marr's Picks

Foreword This breathtaking visionary exhibition of masterful images is unequivocally the finest display of panoramic images that I have had the privilege to review. They are a remarkable tribute to the exceptional talents of Sheridan, to his wonderful insight, his artistic prowess, his love for the subject matter, and to his inner conviction that he is creating images that have real meaning. These are images of affirmation, grace, energy and beauty, and they are exquisite in their content, grandeur and presentation. Rochester and it environs have never been captured so inspiringly and displayed so imposingly, for they truly capture the essence, the feeling, the majesty, the charm and the appeal of this great city. I would just like to add that all of the panoramic prints result from extensive research, pre-visualization, capturing the decisive moment, and the inspired use of the latest in photographic and digital technology. Peter A. Marr  

Oak: Memorial Art Gallery by Sheridan Vincent

Oak: Memorial Art Gallery
by Sheridan Vincent

This is an exquisite panoramic image of the Memorial Art Gallery, made all the more remarkable because it is captured through a serene canopy of majestic oaks, a compelling combination of a city scape and a natural landscape. It is important to note that this superb image evokes even more visual stimulation from the use of the panoramic format and the high quality printing on AluminArte metal. What is amazing about Sheridan’s exhibition, and this print is no exception, is that  every viewer, even though they may be familiar with a particular scene, will be astonished at the revelation of seeing and admiring a well-known scene in a completely new and exhilarating way. Their vision will be reawakened, resulting in a sense of wonder and intuitive awareness.

In the “Oak: Memorial Art Gallery print, there is a striking similarity between the nobility of the main gallery building and the majesty and elegance of the stately oaks. You can almost sense the pride and emotion that these great trees have in forming such an imperial archway to highlight the buildings and sculpture garden. In particular, the two most prominent branches curve downwards as though in homage to the gallery scene, and one can detect that every branch part and leaf are trying their utmost to imbue this incredible panorama with reverence and awe. It is a great tribute to the artist that although this scene is completely backlit, his expertise has resulted in a print of amazing depth, sharpness and highlight and shadow detail. The autumnal color palette is spectacular and inviting, particularly with the glowing hues of the oak leaves which add a warmth and patina to the entire vista. It is magical, that even though the scene is backlit, the long shadows in my mind project inwards, supporting and highlighting the sculpture garden all the way to the towering edifice of the Art Gallery itself. Finally, there is an overall peacefulness and tranquility in this memorable place. It is like as though time has stopped, and it wants to remain like this forever. Perhaps this is how the viewer would like this panorama to look at all times. Certainly for myself, this is an awe-inspiring setting that I never want to see changed.

Peter A. Marr

Pine Stand: Webster Park

Pine Stand: Webster Park

Sheridan Vincent

It is virtually impossible not to be in complete awe and wonderment when one stands in front and center of this work of art, and to feel the excitement and overwhelming amazement as the eyes scan through 360 degrees of this breathtaking panorama. Even nature itself, were it to be in this situation, would marvel at this display, even though it created its contents, it could never have imagined such an outcome. Before I comment further, Sheridan informed me that this spectacular image is an “Immersion Panorama,” and that the artistically curved scene is printed onto canvas. The end result is one of the pinnacle achievements of the artist’s outstanding creativity.

As in many of his panoramas, by skillfully utilizing his consummate photographic and digital expertise, it has resulted in a backlit scene of inspiring radiance, that has depth and sharpness and exquisite highlight and shadow detail that simply defies the imagination. The color palette is simply gorgeous, all the way from the warm browns and reddish ochres of this delightful woodland setting, to the infinite variety of green hues emanating from the entrancing foliage. The exciting use of a 360 degree viewpoint, allows the observer to enter and leave the scene at will, walking the large pathway in both directions, enabling one to admire every facet of this magical wonderland.

Although the panorama itself is breathtaking, allowing the viewer to explore everything in their own time, one is very aware that there is also an outstanding feeling of reverence, of exalted inspiration, tranquility and serenity, an idyllic setting for peace and contemplation. This is truly one of nature’s enchanted forests, where one can be alone, immerse oneself in the fragrances of the earth and pine trees, and can even reach out and touch the trees as one walks the trail at a leisurely pace. If there ever is heaven on earth, this is one of those places, somewhere where no one would ever want to leave.

 Peter A. Marr

On the Shadow Edge by Sheridan Vincent

On the Shadow Edge-LP
by Sheridan Vincent

On the gallery wall immediately to the left of the picture that I am reviewing, is an outstanding panoramic print of an iconic Rochester plaza that highlights two famous landmark buildings. Utilizing digital software technology known as “Little Planet Projection,” Sheridan has brilliantly transformed the latter print effortlessly into a “Plaza in the sky.” Recent research into how the brain works, has revealed that visual art activates the brain’s reward circuit in how an image is projected, rather than the image itself. This seems to me to reflect and agree with many of the artist’s pictures in this exhibition, particularly with the print that I am currently commenting on.

Photographically the outstanding cloud formations and the lovely blue sky add an exciting focus and realism to this dynamic print. The buildings themselves and the vibrant green trees and shrubs are all superbly rendered in both resplendent hues and striking highlight and shadow details. The viewer has to marvel at what modern technology can accomplish, transforming a great picture into an exceptional and awe-inspiring print. I am visually reminded of the classic Pixar animated movie “Up,” without the human characters associated with it. I definitely feel that the plaza, with the two buildings being much more prominent than they were, is spiraling upwards leaving the friendly confines of the clouds in its wake. What is also apparent, is that the spiral is definitively in an anti-clockwise direction, largely due to the downward tilt of the largest building. This rotation is slow enough, so that Sheridan has retained all the incredible sharpness and detail of the original print.

Certainly, this stellar and visionary image will intrigue and excite every observer, and no doubt prompt many of them to purchase the software and explore for themselves the endless possibilities that it offers.                                        

 Peter A. Marr

Gallery Partners' Picks
Boots Up and Relaxing by Jim Dusen


Boots Up and Relaxing
by Jim Dusen

 Good portraits often rely upon details which give the viewer a sense of who the person is. This excellent photograph by Jim Dusen does this with details that clearly contribute to an understanding of who the person portrayed is. His pose also complements and amplifies the second part of the title of this… Relaxing. 

The straw cowboy hat frames the face of the man, offering a contrast between his grizzled face and the fine hand work of the straw hat. An even stronger combination is the bottom of the boots which seem to complement the man’s face. He looks as weathered as the bottom of his boots! The background also suggests the front porch of an old house where he is sitting at a comfortable chair after a hard day at work.

Jim has created a photograph which lets the viewer look into the subject’s eyes, scan the environment in which he sits and judge him in the context provided by both his pose and the comforts of home.  His title beautifully fits this photograph.

Frozen by Ashley Weber


by Ashley Weber

Many photographs are made portraying the beauty of the fall, spring and summer seasons. Beautiful blue skies, green grass and stately trees make for compositional elements seen in many landscapes. 

Often landscapes are photographed with wide-angle lenses that show a vast space.  Less frequently, creative “micro-landscapes” are made that show just a small detail of the overall landscape but still provide the viewer with a feeling that they can extrapolate from this small view to a larger view in mind. 

Ashley has made such a “micro-landscape” and has chosen to do this with a winter scene that is devoid of color except for one red berry that has survived. We see from the composition that she has chosen so that the tree branches, covered in ice, naturally lead us to that round red object.

This photograph for some reason reminds me of the paintings of Jackson Pollock, a well-known artist whose paintings are made by careful, reasoned drips of paint. The ice-covered branches, although provided by nature, give a similar frantic, kinetic presentation.

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