The Gallery: Matt Shallenberger

The Gallery: Matt Shallenberger

Heather Blaha
Sep 29, 2009

Currently showing at Collect Gallery in Oakland, Matt Shallenberger's serene, sequenced photography recalls Chinese handscroll painting in its methodical, thoughtful process. As panoramas, these images happen through multiple exposures taken over several minutes, resulting in a measured unraveling of time and a great sense of journey...

Alongside shifting light, changing moments, and an evolving reality, you see the "faint first and last light of the day, long before sunrise and after sunset," times that represent both stillness and change. Like the Chinese handscrolls, nature's colors, objects and textures offer their simplest, purest moments, with the earth and water welcoming a paced, ever-changing experience with each exposure and each look.

In his collection, Shallenberger's panels exist alongside solo images of bird life, singular yet expansive landscapes, and views of nature's most subdued details. Capturing a location's feeling rather than its look translates well into how we live with art and objects at home; coexisting with a photograph, painting, or sculpture (or the perfect chair) evokes comfort and experience, not just a reminder of what we find beautiful.

The show at Collect Gallery (465 9th Street, Oakland) closes Sunday, October 4. For those in southern California, you'll see Shallenberger's work next in Los Angeles in early November. Look for details on the web soon.

Visit Matt Shallenberger's work online for more images and information.

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