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Tom Zetterstrom

Moving Point of View

SEPT. 22 - OCT. 31, 2020

Ridge, 1985, vintage gelatin silver print

Ridge, 1985

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Branches, 1983, vintage gelatin silver print

Branches, 1983

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Deep River, 1980, vintage gelatin silver print

Deep River, 1980

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Brush, 1984, vintage gelatin silver print

Brush, 1984

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Maine Woods, 1983, vintage gelatin silver print

Maine Woods, 1983

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Goshen Hill, 1980, vintage gelatin silver print

Goshen Hill, 1980

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Stand, 1985, vintage gelatin silver print

Stand, 1985

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Wreck, 1974, vintage gelatin silver print

Wreck, 1974

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Leaving, 1982, vintage gelatin silver print

Leaving, 1982

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Bend in the Road, 1979, vintage gelatin silver print

Bend in the Road, 1979

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Southbound, 1979, vintage gelatin silver print

Southbound, 1979

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Sand Road, 1980, vintage gelatin silver print

Sand Road, 1980

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Smith Hill, 1978, vintage gelatin silver print

Smith Hill, 1978

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Night Driving, 1974, vintage gelatin silver print

Night Driving, 1974

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Maybrook Bridge, 1974, vintage gelatin silver print

Maybrook Bridge, 1974

vintage gelatin silver print

8 x 12 inch image on 11 x 14 inch paper

Press Release

Tom Zetterstrom, A Moving Point of View. 1972-1985                                      

 

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Tom Zetterstrom’s long-running series, “A Moving Point of View.” The show will be on view from September 22 to October 31, 2020.

 

Raising questions about established photographic realities, Tom Zetterstrom's silver prints, made throughout the 1970s and 80s, synthesize traditional landscape photography with a cinematic sweep of motion. Shot from a car, a train, or airplane, the unique combination of elements that results – some adrift, some still – makes the viewer acutely aware of his lagging eyes and mind when confronted with the more efficient oculus of the camera.

Going to considerable lengths to facilitate his artistic fiction, including wiring strobe lights to the front of his car and carefully setting the camera tripod in the center of the front seat, Zetterstrom reveals the beauty and surprise inherent in his photographic portrayal of movement.

"Moving Point of View... consists of images that hurdle by, a mass of streaks and whorls, or that hang as if caught in the middle of a seismic shudder, they are as desolate as any painted by Caspar David Fredrich." - Vivien Raynor, New York Times

"Initially, I was interested in the lateral, frontal, and curved motion captured by the careening car-camera. Gradually, however, I was drawn toward a more complex concept; the tenuous interaction between these machines and the passing landscape. These photographs interrupt the flow of time and motion; they capture the essence of a glance. In doing so, they hold onto evasive reality, revealing the precarious balance between the intangible and the actual."

Tom Zetterstrom (b. 1945) lives in Connecticut. He has photographed trees extensively and is an activist in their protection. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art; Fogg Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art; George Eastman Museum; The Library of Congress; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Saint Louis Museum of Art, among others. #upcomingexhibition