The G2 Gallery in Venice is presenting two nature-related photography exhibits this month, Nature LA: Christine Caldwell and Great Plains: Michael Forsberg.
The opening reception for Nature LA will take place in conjunction with “First Fridays” on Abbot Kinney Boulevard from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 and the exhibit will be on view until Sunday, Aug. 15.
The opening reception for Great Plains is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, and Forsberg will give a talk on the photo project at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. The exhibit will run through Sept. 12.
For her exhibition at G2, Caldwell will present a suite from her series Illuminated Negatives, photographic works created without the use of film, computers, or a camera. The images are “photograms,” or direct exposures of leaves, flowers, insects, and other ephemera created in the darkroom.
A gallery spokesperson said Caldwell’s photograms are innovative due to the scale and color she achieves with the use of color paper and dichroic enlarger. The resulting images are larger than the average photogram, and where the subject emerges a glowing silhouette against black.
Nature LA: Christine Caldwell is the ninth installation of the Nature LA series, the G2 Gallery and curator Jolene Hanson’s ongoing exploration into the intersection between nature and fine art photography.
The images from Forsberg’s exhibition are based on his book “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild.” He has documented all three Great Plains regions — Northern Plains, Southern Plains and Tallgrass Prairies and he says the intent behind the series is to introduce the public to the “subtle beauty of a place that is often dismissed as a dull monoculture.”
The G2 Gallery is at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information, (310) 452-2842.