"Tripping" on the New Poetic Photography in Chelsea Agora Gallery.
-by Marie R. Pagano
The emergence of a new lyrical tendency in contemporary
photography indicates that a growing number of photo artists no longer feel
compelled to prove their avant garde credentials to the detriment of the
poetic effects at which their medium excels. This is one of several insights
prompted by "Tripping the Light Fantastic: An Exhibition of Fine Art
Photography" at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, in Chelsea, from March
22 to April 11 (Reception: March 23, from 6 to 8 PM).
Anne C. Savedge projects an almost baroque quality in her photographs, through which she aims to "transform" her subjects rather than merely record them. Trained as a painter, Savedge has been known to draw on her negatives, scan them, alter them with Photoshop, and use other methods of manipulation to produce the expressive distortions that animate her color prints of floral, landscape, and human subjects, lending them a magic that transcends the literal.
Veils of Water and Other Works: Digital Photographs by Anne
Anne Savedge is known for her richly layered digital images of people and water. Her works are complex, beautiful, and dreamy montages of children swimming underwater. Anne explains, "My belief is that a photograph can transform. I do not try to record the truth, but to create a different dimension, using colors, objects, reflections, lights, movement and people. This work is presented as a vision of what could be, not what is." Anne Savedge teaches photography at Chesterfield Technical Center and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Among other awards, she is a 2001-2002 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited across the country.
COOL Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
This summer, Riverviews Artspace invites you to escape the heat and see our brand new exhibition! COOL will provide a refreshing atmosphere and allow viewers to experience three distinct artistic media. COOL uses water imagery as a common thread. However, each artist approaches the subject matter with his/her own style. The photography by Anne Savedgeexplores what photography, as a medium, can do to change one's perception of a space. Traditionally, photography has been used to capture an actual moment in time...a piece of reality. Savedge uses a combination of traditional and digital photography to create new environments. The waterfall and fountain scenes depicted in her work show a place and time that are real but have been enlivened by her artistic hand. The end result is a scene that is simultaneously fresh and familiar.
Curator Trudi Van Dyke from the Ellipse Art Center in Arlington, VA, who wrote, "Anne Savedge's creative skills transform the timeless interaction of people and water. The viewer is drawn into her work as a voyeur through the watery mist. The elongated figures are transformed into ghost-like hallucinations. The format of Niagara Falls Frieze compliments the angular feel of the figures and captures the sheeting effects of the water. Interlaid negatives in Fountain Frieze provide repetitive patterns that open opportunities to visually interact."
William Hennessey, Director of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk Va. said, “Captivating and mysterious, this work fascinates visitors in the photography gallery where it is displayed. I particularly enjoy the way the work, while referring back to the traditions of classical sculpture also challenges the viewer to consider the possibilities of contemporary digital technology."
The review in Style Magazine, Jan. 26, 1999, by Paulette Roberts-Pullen stated, " Anne Savedge's surreal photographic images of people and water add a human dimension to this show. Using an exaggerated horizontal format she calls a "frieze," she manipulates digital images. Her forms are distorted to near abstraction while colors are washed to produce milky tones."
"Savedge's figures are transformed by waterfalls and fountains surrounding them. These figures become icy gnomes in "Niagara Frieze" where, in hooded raincoats, they stand before a rush of water spray. In "Fountain Frieze I" and "Fountain Frieze II" the figures are joyful children leaping through an urban fountain. With emphasis on the horizontal plane, Savedge produces images that at first suggest a narrative "reading" as in Classical friezes. But in reality, these bands simply offer images of figures that alternately disappear and emerge from falling mist. With this simple gesture, Savedge captures qualities of water and light that are rarely seen in photography."
It takes a while to actually get to the images by ANNE SAVEDGE - but wow are they different. Photography is always moving on - and it is great when someone produces original work, but work which still has its' roots in traditional photography. review by Thomas MacGillivray Humphrey, Jr. I saw hooded, cowled, elongated figures. The work reminded me of veiled Iraqi women, Bosnian or Kurdish refugees, or some other bereft and beleaguered diaspora. There is both a sinister element, like that of a secret society, sect, or witches' coven, but also an epic Biblical effect - that of a wandering or exodus. It may be a stretch, but I could even see the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse galloping toward me, like the opening credits of some Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. The point is that the piece is very mysterious, powerful, and impressionistic, and open to many individual readings.