Current Exhibit

The public is Invited to the Virtual Opening Where Matt Stock will speak about his work on December 16

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PAINTING WITH LIGHT

Hyper-Realistic Photographs by Matt Stock

December 17 to January 30, 2021

Virtual Opening on December 16, 6 to 8 pm

“Matt Stock’s area of expertise is creating hyper-realistic nighttime photographs in the most inhospitable and remote locations imaginable with a technique he describes as ‘painting with light.’ With this technique, Stock and his team meticulously illuminate a scene in intimate ways on location: often leaf by leaf and root by root,” said NeJame.

Using light sources ranging from the Milky Way and full moon to specialized lighting tools through the course of many hours and dozens of individual exposures, the photographer works in the dead of night and brings light into the darkness. This illuminating process can also be thought of as a subtractive process in the same way that a sculptor subtracts portions of a block of marble to reveal the artwork within.

“While on set, I think not about where I am adding light to, but rather where I am chipping away at the shadows,” explained Stock. “After these dozens of exposures are recorded, I then return to my digital studio where I take elements from each of these exposures and weave them together to create a single luminous composition. Some photographs can only happen once a year, some even less frequently.”

“For the past three years, I have been bitten, stung, infected, and more in pursuit of the most complex photographic project of my career: Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades. This project explores the interaction between man and nature through nighttime environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned throughout the Everglades ecosystem,” the photographer added. “In conjunction with Charles J. Kropke, the Everglades explorer, and my partner on the project, I have photographed nearly 70 such vehicles ranging from Ford Model A’s to VW buses and even a drug plane. This project was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2019 and the works will be compiled into a book to be released in 2021.”

About Matt Stock:

Matt Stock developed his signature style of Painting with Light in the Dark® after building his career fusing art and science. Stock’s knowledge of his craft and innovative methods have led to many honors and awards including works in the permanent collection of Biscayne National Park and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presenting speaker with TEDx Coconut Grove, recognition as one of five experts in night photography by Shutterbug Magazine’s 2014 Expert Photography Techniques Magazine, one of 30 artists representing the National Park System’s Centennial Anniversary. He was also recognized in 2017 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019 he was one of 30 artists and arts organizations awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Stock teaches photography full time at Ransom Everglades School and is pursuing his MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

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