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Alan Klotz Gallery — Virtual Exhibition

Alan Klotz has posted a really insightful overview of my work. Thank you, Alan!

Metcalf Collection #1, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Metcalf Collection #1, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

I have known Alida Fish for over 40 years, and have always been fond of her work. There is a balance there that I have always been drawn to, between the art and the craft of the photograph. They are like partners in a dance, that she choreographs with such grace and good taste. She will tell you, as will her work, that she has always been interested in fashioning a world of her own creation...I had one of those...it was under my bed. Alida's elements of this world, seem to be drawn from museums of art, and

of natural history. Viewing an Alida Fish exhibition is a lot like visiting a cabinet of curiosities, where great emphasis is placed on the wonder-filled, specimen-like presence in her subjects. They seem to exist in a timeless vacuum, or as Alida would have it, in a world of their own. This isolation, like peering into an Easter Egg diorama

is a very singular space, and is amplified by the technique used in their manufacture. 

 

Metcalf Collection #4, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Metcalf Collection #4, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Alida used to do traditional tintypes, but that has now metamorphosed into oxidized aluminum plates on which she transfers a photographic emulsion. The emulsion slips off its paper, and settles onto the oxidized, textured surface of the plate. They defy scanning as jpegs...the surfaces don't translate, so forget about viewing them on a computer. They must be seen in the flesh, as it were. And, because of the many variables involved in their fabrication, copies cannot be made, they are unique. A fact, totally fitting and proper.

 

Winged Maple Seed, 2016, 10 x 8 inches

Winged Maple Seed, 2016, 10 x 8 inches

Alida's subjects are few in number but vast in variation. She is drawn to plant forms, and seeds, insects, and sculptural details-especially friezes, whose body parts she borrows.

Winter Leaves 2, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Winter Leaves 2, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Concurrent with our virtual exhibition of her most recent work, Alida is part of a

group show at the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT, titled, In Place: Contemporary Photographers Envision a Museum. (October 1, 2016 - January 29, 2017)  The photographers involved were invited, by curator Amy Kurtz Lansing, to 

apply their artistic powers to the grounds, or to the collections of the museum itself. Alida's choice was easy.

Seed Burst 2, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

Seed Burst 2, 2016, 24 x 20 inches

The William Metcalf Collection, housed at FGM in some 24 drawers, contains moths, butterflies, bird's nests, and eggs. She found the nests and eggs in pretty good shape, but, she told me, the insects were disintegrating and disappearing. Fortunately Alida covets nothing more than decay...ashes to ashes, dust to dust...it's the way of the world. 

Kneeling , 2015, 10 x 8 inches

Kneeling , 2015, 10 x 8 inches

Alida is starting to print these images on 20 x 24 aluminum plates, rather than her

usual 8 x 10's. Six of these new sized pictures are in the Florence Griswold Museum show. They are the first 6 images on our website. They are available for sale through 

us, along with the others on our website, but the Griswold pieces won't be available until the show is over on January 29th.

Standing Legs, 2015, 10 x 8 inches

Standing Legs, 2015, 10 x 8 inches

"In Place" at the Florence Griswold Museum

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From October 1, 2016, through January 29, 2017, my work will be part of an exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum entitled "In Place: Contemporary Photographers Envision a Museum". Ten photographers have been commissioned to focus on various aspects of the museum's collections, spaces, and landscape. The show features some of the images I photographed of their William Metcalf naturalist collection which was assembled in the early 1900's. Metcalf was one of the original Lyme Art Colony painters. He collected moths, butterflies, bird's eggs, and bird nests.  Thanks to curator, Amy Kurtz Lansing, and museum Director, Jeffrey Anderson, for including my work in this exhibition.