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Geesaman Exhibits Large-Scale Photographs, Show Runs March 24 through April 21
3/5/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - An opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 will formally open Photographs of Carefully Considered Places, an exhibit by Minneapolis artist Lynn Geesaman, in the Florida Gulf Coast University Library Art Gallery running through Sunday, April 21.

The exhibit includes black-and-white and color images, typically 19-inches square, that present landscapes “prearranged” for human enjoyment. The photographs show a particular type of altered landscape meant to delight and engage the viewer. In addition, Geesaman prints her own images, which is unusual among contemporary color photographers.

“My subjects are found in European gardens, parks, and arboreal landscapes, where nature is shaped and controlled by aesthetic intent,” Geesaman wrote in 1998. “I look for order, variously imposed, in marginally natural settings, for perspectives concealed within the obvious design… My interest lies in a transformative process which uses photography to idealize rather than to document.”

“Geesaman’s photographs of purposively transformed places reminds all of us that the landscape we live in is a chosen one,” professor and gallery director, Morgan T. Paine, said. “Her photographs testify to our vast capabilities to shape and modify our environment. They make us recognize that the natural places of our world continue to exist only by our leave. The images raise some powerful and important questions; the fact that the prints are also beautiful merely adds to their wonder.”

For the last 18 years, Geesaman regularly exhibited her work at the Thomas Barry Fine Arts Gallery in Minneapolis as well as nationally and internationally. She was born in 1938 in Cleveland and earned a degree in physics from Wellesley College. In the late 1970s, she studied photography at Lightworks Photographic Workshops. Her soft-focus, sepia-toned images of formal gardens and serene landscapes often recall late 19th century pictorialist photographs.

Other upcoming exhibits include the Spring Juried Student Show. The opening reception is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 and the exhibit runs until May 13. The Porter Goss 14th Congressional District Art Show is May 19 to May 24. Goss is expected to attend the opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 19.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. All events in the gallery are open free of charge to the public. The gallery is located on the FGCU campus east of I-75 exits 19 and 20.

For more information about upcoming exhibits or the FGCU gallery, contact Paine at (941) 590-7164 or mpaine@fgcu.edu.

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