“OCEAN & SKY” is a photographic study of the spectacular coastal landscape of northern Sonoma County.
For this exhibition, Grace O’Malley has created a collection of seascapes and skyscapes in both monochrome and color. She presents images in a wide range of art forms: from natural, literal representations, to abstract reflections, to photo-impressionist interpretations.
About half of her images are presented behind clear, high gloss, 1/4” plexiglass. The plexiglass draws light into the print, making it almost 3D. The face-mounted, modern, frameless prints appear to float off the wall because the back-frame is hidden. A selection of images are produced on frameless, dye-sublimation pigment prints on aluminum, a contemporary surface which illuminates vibrantly colored shots.
O’Malley’s evocative images reflect the time and attention she invests in “collecting the right light and investigating subtle hues.” She often shoots in black and white, and has mastered the technical aspects needed to capture and illuminate details, and skillfully create minimalist “lightscapes”. She also understands the power of color, whether blurring tones in mesmerizing ways, or seeming to suspend time and the motions of life.
Her photography stimulates an emotional range from meditative, quiet, and reflective, to deeply dramatic and energetic. OCEAN & SKY clearly captures the power of the rugged Sonoma Coast and opens an aperture to an ethereal, almost transcendental, cloud kingdom.
The artist developed her passion for photography early in life and has captured images of human, cultural, and natural beauty in over 65 countries. A native of California, retired from the international cellular telecommunications industry, she lives in Timber Cove with her husband and their giant puppy.
Bruce Johnson is a well-known sculptor, Timber Cove resident, friend and neighbor of photographer Grace O’Malley.
Johnson is collaborating with O’Malley to create a unique photography exhibit “OCEAN & SKY” at the Gualala Arts Center. The photographs will be hung on special exhibition panels in the spacious, open foyer of the Art Center, and the dark slate floors will be punctuated by Johnson’s “abstract black cypress boulders” created from the remains of a massive cypress tree that once stood behind the Stewarts Point Store. These unique boulders are intended to echo the rugged Sonoma coast, and ground the exhibition space. Along with the photographs, this exhibit reveals the vitality and beauty of this unique landscape. Nature on the walls and nature on the floor.