St. George and the Dragon
Secret Garden III
gelatin silver print
“I go underwater with my camera, with ideas, with visions. The compositions are classical, sometimes allegorical. All involve the human form. This is a given. I arrange props and models in this hushed, submerged world and hold my breath. Light pours from above and the bodies become luminous. Water has its own transforming power. It both contains and suspends time. It is a liquid lens, delicately sifting shades of light and shadow. Hundreds of images later, the water reveals evanescent visions of its own.” -- Christina Hope Shepherd (1949 -2014)
J. Johnson Gallery opens an exhibition of photographs by Christina Hope on Friday, November 13 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition continues through January 21, 2016.
The inventive artist’s ethereal images transport viewers to a timeless, serene underwater world where elegant nudes reminiscent of Greco-Roman sculpture float and twist gracefully, veiled by diaphanous swaths of fabric, bouquets of flowers, and musical instruments. Hope carefully choreographed elaborate subaqueous performances, capturing sensuous images bathed in shimmering light and shadow. Her lauded Water Angels series has been exhibited throughout the First Coast, across the country, and as far away as Europe, Asia, and South America. The exhibition features a wide variety of photographs, from an eleven foot tall image spanning the west wall of the gallery to a handful of photographs several feet wide to an intimate collection of two-dozen small signed prints culled from Hope’s archives, many of which have not been seen by the public before.
December 2, 2015
Arbus- July/August 2014
September 15, 2015