RANCHO SANTA FE — Joseph Bellows Gallery, 16904 Via de Santa Fe, will present an exhibition of new photographs by Bill Rastetter, titled “Bill Rastetter: Seascapes” from June 19 through the end of July. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 19. A portion of the proceeds from all opening night sales will benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.
Rastetter’s work explores familiar landscape to unexpected effect. His contemplative imagery captures more than an isolated moment in time; rather it offers a window on the emotion of sea and sky. Focusing on the horizon line, the elemental nexus that connects two worlds, Rastetter’s work is a meditation on ever-evolving oceanic mood. By turns brooding and benevolent, serene and faintly ominous, Rastetter’s landscapes are dynamic, shifting and seemingly alive.
Using time-lapse photography (with exposures ranging from 1 to 11 minutes) and
4-by-5-inch or 60-by-20-centimeter color transparency, Rastetter works in subtle abstraction, creating images that often bear a resemblance to watercolor painting. Printing the images on watercolor paper using the giclée process serves to enhance this soft yet vibrant otherworldly effect; capturing views of the landscape that exist beyond normal temporal perception.
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