Regarding Haystacks


My Internet friend, Jerry Saltz, art historian and art critic, recently wrote on Instagram:

“…musing on Judd and Minimalism…from Marfa…Think of the boxes as Monet’s haystacks…”

Here the former art critic for The Village Voice and recipient of the Pulitzer Price for Criticism in 2028, is referring to Donald Judd‘s “boxes” at Marfa.

This reminded me of this note I received years ago from a gallery owner in Denver, Colorado:

”I am impressed with your sensitive and imaginative eye. Because of your photos, the viewer sees the landscape with all of its subtle nuances and myriad of compositional relationships. Many of your portraits capture the inner nature of the individuals without being posed or contrived….I have a gallery in Denver and also have an art consulting firm. We have been in business for 30 years……I’ve been intrigued with your photos for a long time…just waiting for the right client to show them to and I believe, that we have found one……….I am interested in doing a series of images of the mill pond that you so effectively depicted in B/W and color and at different times of the day and primarily during the Fall. It reminds me of Monet’s compositional and light variations of his series on Chartre, lily pond, haystacks etc. The images are accessible but thought provoking in their characterization of the nuances of change in a given environment…. they help the viewer understand that there is an ongoing transformation and evolution in a given landscape. Sometimes the change is slight; sometimes birds inhabit the scene, sometimes the grasses become the emphasis rather than the water, sometimes the log protrusions become geometric constructions in an otherwise organic surround…….” (–Sandy Carson)

For your viewing pleasure and inspiration, a few of those images (There are hundreds) (Click on image to enlarge):

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