NY photographer Gene Fischer’s solo show is on display at the Art Registry in Georgetown.
By Julie LaPorte
The Art Registry in Georgetown presents “Gene Fischer: Winter Trees, Moons and Baptist Camp – Provocation on Display…Photography and the Art of Reaction.” This powerful and challenging solo show is the New York photographer’s first exhibition in Washington D.C. and will run through May 4th.
On display are three bodies of work – Winter Trees, Moons and Baptist Camp – that may be viewed as separate entities or as one narrative, weaving together disparate images that whisper a unique story to each viewer.
Winter Trees is a beautiful series, capturing the cool blues of dusk and the motion of wind in bare trees. As one viewer noted the photographs are “ominous at the same time as being peaceful.” Moons presents four views of almost complete darkness with a bright moon centered in each panel. A close look reveals the edges of trees just coming into view in the white light.
Baptist Camp is a photographic exploration of an exclusive 1880s hotel that fell into disrepair and was then purchased by a Baptist group for a children’s camp. Renovations were never completed and the abandoned grounds, heavy with religious overtones, were left looking desolate, and just a bit creepy. But there is a story to tell here and each photograph is aching with remembrance.
Introduced by a mutual friend, Art Registry co-owners Jill Lubar and Erin Mackay have been following Gene Fischer’s work for years. “Encountering and sharing new artists with D.C.’s culture scene is really what drives our business and allows the Art Registry to create unique experiences for art enthusiasts and collectors,” said Lubar. Mackay adds, “Artists like Gene bring the fresh perspective and thought provoking works that our clients and other supporters crave…we love the powerful moment of art meets audience…and Gene’s work certainly delivers.”