Sunday, July 19, 2009

Maggie Meiners

Though she has an appreciation for beauty from an early age, anyone that knows Chicago photographer Maggie Meiners, suspects that what she considers to be beautiful has grown exponentially during the past several years.

Deceptively honest, Maggie’s work presupposes an informed, perceptive audience. It doesn’t proffer an opinion on what has been captured, nor does it assume circumstance. Rather, it offers generous space in which the viewer may perceive and construct their own experience of the content. This occurs, for example, in the non-narrative, non-editorial series Extractions, which is reminiscent of the mid-twentieth century work of Frederick Sommer.

Equally intriguing is her series, Childhood Contemplations. While the abstract body of work is devoid of nostalgia and sentimentality, it provides a photographic mandala or meditative gazing ball, through what one suspects is a personal conveyance of memory and color.

Select pieces from Childhood Contemplations are included in the exhibition Meditative Surfaces along with work by Charles Gniech and Deanna Krueger at Schoenherr Art Gallery in Naperville, Illinois. The exhibition opens this week on July 21 will run through August 21.

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