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ELAINE BLATT NATURAL PHENOMENA


ELAINE BLATT: Natural Phenomena June 6 - July 5, 2008 Bruno David Gallery 3721 Washington Boulevard Saint Louis, 63108 Missouri, U.S.A. info@brunodavidgallery.com www.brunodavidgallery.com Director: Bruno L. David

This catalogue was published by Bruno David Gallery Publications in conjunction with the exhibition Elaine Blatt: Natural Phenomena Editor: Bruno L. David Catalog Designer: Yoko Kiyoi Designer Assistant: Sage A. David & Claudia R. David Printed in USA All works courtesy of Bruno David Gallery and Elaine Blatt Cover Image: Elaine Blatt Untitled VIII (Antelope Canyon series) (detail), 2007-08 Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Copyright Š 2008 Bruno David Gallery and Elaine Blatt All Right Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written permission of Bruno David Gallery, Inc.


Contents

Essay by Mark J. Eastman Afterword by Bruno L. David Checklist of the Exhibition Biography

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ELAINE BLATT: NATURAL PHENOMENA Essay by Mark J. Eastman

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Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, from the bottom of the earth to the top of the skies. Capturing nature’s phenomenons is a wonderful challenge to Elaine Blatt’s photographic talents. From crawling through tiny spaces barely able to fit her small frame, to standing hours in the freezing cold, hoping to capture some of the greatest sights nature has to offer. This exhibition is all about nature and it’s rarely seen gifts. The Auroras are natural different colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky, particularly in the polar zone. In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. It often appears as a greenish glow (or sometimes a faint red), as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. Typically the aurora appears either as a diffuse glow or as “curtains” that approximately extend in the east-west direction. At some times, they form “quiet arcs”; at others (“active aurora”), they evolve and change constantly. Each curtain consists of many parallel rays, each lined up with the local direction of the magnetic field lines, suggesting that aurora is shaped by the earth’s magnetic field. Indeed, satellites show electrons to be guided by magnetic field lines, spiraling around them while moving earthwards. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. Elaine and Harold captured these visions of the Aurora from Reykjavik, Iceland. A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons can measure less than 3 ft. across at the top but drop more than 100 ft. to the floor of the canyon, climbing down precipitous ladders to reach the bottom.

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Most slot canyons are formed in sandstone and limestone rock. Even in sandstone and limestone, only a very small number of creeks will form slot canyons. This is due to a combination of the particular characteristics of the rock, and regional rainfall. Antelope Canyon, one of the most famous of the slot canyons, is located in Arizona near Page, on the Navajo reservation. The Navajo tribesmen have to escort you into the canyons. The majestic sunrise at Bryce Canyon showed bright orange Hoodoos carved out of rock by the hundreds. This giant rock formation is created by nature as moisture freezes in the crevices and restructures the formation. Although Bryce Canyon receives a meager 18 inches of precipitation annually, it’s amazing what this little bit of water can do under the right circumstances. From the dry dessert canyons, to the frozen northern skies, Elaine Blatt has managed to capture sights rarely seen by most people. She has captured these unusually wonderful sights of nature and put them on exhibit for all to see. —Mark J. Eastman, (May 2008)

This essay is one in a series of introductions to the gallery’s exhibitions written by fellow gallery artists, colleagues and friends.

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Afterword by Bruno L. David

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to exhibit the latest photographs by Saint Louis based photographer Elaine Blatt. Through her travels from the northern polar zone, down to the southwest deserts, Blatt has captured some of nature’s most spectacular phenomena. As a photographer working for 25 years, she has explored the globe while documenting sights seen by few people. From crawling through tiny spaces barely able to fit her small frame, to standing hours in the freezing cold, she has been able to return with truly remarkable photographs. In this latest exhibition, Blatt is presenting a series of work depicting the dazzling natural light show, aurora borealis (the northern lights) from Reykjavik, Iceland. Also included are the incredible rock formations of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona and the sandstone Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah. A short video by Elaine Blatt titled “Corkscrew Canyon” is on view in the New Media Room. Elaine Blatt, a native St. Louisan, studied under Ansel Adams, Mary Ellen Mark and Lisl Dennis and received two Master Degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and is displayed in institutions from St. Louis to Paris.

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Checklist of the exhibition and Images

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Untitled VIII (Antelope Canyon series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 26 x 17 inches (66.04 x 43.18 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled IV (Antelope Canyon series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 26 x 17 inches (66.04 x 43.18 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled VI (Antelope Canyon series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 26 x 17 inches (66.04 x 43.18 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled V (Antelope Canyon series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 26 x 17 inches (66.04 x 43.18 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled VII (Aurora Borealis series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled III (Aurora Borealis series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled I (Aurora Borealis series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled V (Aurora Borealis series), 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled IV (Hoodoos series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled I (Hoodoos series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled VIII (Hoodoos series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Untitled II (Hoodoos series, 2007-08

Water-based pigments on paper, 17 x 26 inches (43.18 x 66.04 cm) Edition of 3

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Natural Phenomena (installaton view, 2008)

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Natural Phenomena (installation view, 2008)

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ELAINE BLATT Lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO Master of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO Master of Arts in Education, Washington University, St. Louis, MO ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 2008 2006 2004 2002 1998 1996 1993 1991 1990 1989 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981

Bruno David Gallery. Natural Phenomena, June 6-July 5. St. Louis, MO Bruno David Gallery. Recent Photograph, June 2-July 1. St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Gay Pride Parade Series, October 21-November 27. St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Venice Carnival, St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Sunflowers (Luberon, France), St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Christo (Reichstag, Berlin), St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Yellow Peppers (Marche Aux Fleurs, Nice, France), St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Leopards / Wildlife (South Africa), St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Nudes (Paris, France), St. Louis, MO Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Balinese Dancer (Bali, Indonesia), St. Louis, MO Galerie Place Beaubourg. Nudes (Provence, France), Paris, France Galerie Place Beaubourg. Christo (La Culte Du Soleil), Paris, France Galerie Place Beaubourg. La Dame Tartine, Paris, France Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. Elaine Blatt: Photography 1986, St. Louis, MO Bryan Center Gallery. Punks of London / La Culte Du Soleil, Duke University, Durham, NC Barbican Center Gallery. New York Street People / London Punks, London, England Timothy Burns Gallery. La Culte Du Soleil / La Cote D’Azur, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden Gallery. At The Garden, St. Louis, MO Timothy Burns Gallery. Street Life (New York), St. Louis, MO Edwynn Houk Gallery. Elaine Blatt, Chicago, IL Loretto/Hilton Center Gallery. Exhibitionists: Fantasy/Reality, St. Louis, MO Daguerre Gallery. Blatt / Rosenthal: Photographers, St. Louis, MO

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007 2006 2005 2004 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1985 1984 1982 1981 1980

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Florence Biennale 2007 (Biennale dell’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze), Historical Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy. December 1-9. Overview, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MO Inaugural Exhibition, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, October 21 – November 13 1984-2004 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, curated by Bruno David, St. Louis, MO Women Only, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, curated by Bruno David, St. Louis, MO Group Show, Mark Twain Space, Mark Twain Bank, St. Louis, MO New Photographs, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO Review / Preview, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO Art in the Business Environment, MOSSA Center, St. Louis, MO Directions’ 88, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO Women’s Arts Caucus, Bixby Hall, Washington University, St. Louis, MO Invitational Exhibition III, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO House-Garden: A sense of Place, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO Creating Women, Jewish Hospital, Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO Directions’ 85, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO Group Show, Duke University, Bryan Center Gallery, Durham, NC Retrospective London 1985, Barbican Center Gallery, London, England Group Show, Plaza Frontenac Art Space, St. Louis, MO Group Exhibition, Plaza Frontenac Art Space, St. Louis, MO Group Show, Plaza Frontenac Art Space, St. Louis, MO Group Show, Mark Twain Space, Mark Twain Bank, St. Louis, MO Group Show, Tom Halstead Gallery, Birmingham, MI Monothon, 2005, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Eastman, Mark “Natural Phenomena”, Catalog essay, Bruno David Gallery Publication, May 2008 Friswold, Paul “Remnants of a Dream”, Riverfront Times, June 2006 Worley, Ken “Elaine Blatt”, Bruno David Gallery Publication, June 2006 Miller, Rob. “’Over hung’ show or ‘Hung over’ critic?” Saintlouisart, November 17, 2006 Cooper, Ivy. “Bruno David Gallery: Inaugural Exhibition”, Riverfront Times, November 9, St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Bruno David Gallery”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, November 9, St. Louis, MO. Crone, Tomas. “Bruno David Gallery”, 52nd City, October 2005 Beall, Hugh. “The Bruno buzz”, West End Word, October 26, 2005 Miller, Rob. “Bruno David Gallery: Inaugural Exhibition”, Saintlouisart, October 25, 2005 Beall, Hugh & “Bruno David Gallery: Inaugural Exhibition”, Illusion Junkie, October 25, 2005 Griffin, William Web Video. http://illusionjunkie.blogspot.com/2005/10/bruno-david-inaugural-exhibition.html Bonetti, David. “Bruno David Gallery: Inaugural Exhibition”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 20, St. Louis, MO. Sieloff, Alison. “Grand Grand Center”, Riverfront Times, October 19, 2005 Bonetti, David. “Gallery musical chairs”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 1, St. Louis, MO. Murphy, Anne. “Art News”, The Healthy Planet, September, St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Artist Celebrate Elliot Smith With Works Incorporating 20,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 3, 2004, p. F6. St. Louis, MO. Cooper, Ivy. “1984-2004 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration At Elliot Smith”, Riverfront Times, September 29-October 5, p. 178. St. Louis, MO. Martelli, Rose. “Smith Elliot: The Gallery Looks In The Mirror For Its 20th.”, Riverfront Times, September 15-21, p. 32. St. Louis, MO. Mantle Matz, Linda. “Blatt’s photos shine spotlight on marginalized.” St. Louis Jewish Light - Spotlight, October 27, 2004, p. 12A. St. Louis, MO. __________. “Gay Pride Parade Series”, Color catalogue, Elliot Smith Contemporary Exhibition, October 2004, St. Louis, MO. Weir, Alex. “The Symbiosis Of Pride and Biology”, Riverfront Times, October 20-26, 2004, p.32. St. Louis, MO. __________. “Hot Picks”, Vital VOICE, October 8-22, 2004, p. 15. St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Artist Celebrate Elliot Smith With Works Incorporating 20,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 3, 2004. p. F6. St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Legends of the Fall - Critic’ Picks,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 2, 2004. p. 2 (Get Out). St. Louis, MO. Cooper, Ivy. “1984-2004 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration At Elliot Smith”, Riverfront Times, September 29-October 5, 2004, p. 178. St. Louis, MO. Martelli, Rose. “Smith Elliot: The Gallery Looks In The Mirror For Its 20th,” Riverfront Times, September 15-21, 2004, p. 32. St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Women Only”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 9, 2004. p. F4. St. Louis, MO. Cooper, Ivy. “Women Only”, Riverfront Times, April 28-May 4, 2004. p. _. St. Louis, MO. Bonetti, David. “Gallery Hopping in the CWE”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 15, 2004. St. Louis, MO.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY (continued) __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________. __________.

“An Uncommon Look at Offbeat Venice”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1984, St. Louis, MO “Aboard the Ancient Express”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1984, St. Louis, MO “The Punks of London”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1984. St. Louis, MO. “California Wine Country”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1983. St. Louis, MO. “Blatt/Rosenthal, Photographers”, St. Louis Symphony Rotogravure Section, 1980-1983, St. Louis, MO “Caribbean Odyssey”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1982. St. Louis, MO. “Floating Through France”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 1982, St. Louis, MO. “East Africa”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1981. St. Louis, MO. “East Africa Wildlife”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1981, St. Louis, MO. “A Grand Canyon”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1981. St. Louis, MO. “Mountain Music, Aspen Style”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1981. St. Louis, MO.

Awards & Honors 1988 1983 1980 1962

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Studied with Mary Ellen Mark; Rencontres d’Arles Workshop, Arles, France Studied with Lisl Dennis, Santa Fe, New Mexico Studied with Ansel Adams, Yosemite, California Phi Beta Kappa, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


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