Connie Imboden at Heineman Myers
A new independent fine arts commercial gallery opened last month in Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC), Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, directed by the energetic Zoe Myers, who chose well-known Baltimore photographer Connie Imboden’s photographs for her grand opening exhibition.
And Zoe Myers definitely stacked the deck for the grand opening, for Imboden’s photographs are nothing short of spectacular.
In addition to the photographs, there’s a video that shows Imboden at work, and before any critic or writer pens a word, this video is a “must watch.”
Why? Because unless one watches Imboden at work (the photographs are all taken around, in or under water), and listens to Imboden discussing her work, it would be easy for less than patient critics to fall under the trap that these are photographs that use water to deliver a gimmicky visual image.
They are not.
These are photographs that celebrate the human body, in all its imperfect and yet sensual bits and pieces. And this celebration of sensuality and Eros and moisture is highlighted by the immense ability of water to distort, redirect and sexualize any and everything that it caresses, especially a nude body.
And in that moment in time, when Imboden presses the shutter and captures an image of light and flesh, she also captures the moment when a seed of sensuality will be place inside the mind of a future viewer, who will admire the photographs behind the safe glass of a solid frame and in the white cube of a shiny new gallery.
If you enjoy the many beautiful thoughts that viewing the human body can create, do not miss this show. The exhibition runs through May 13, 2006.