Art In The Valley Gallery
209 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333
(541) 752-0811 (Gallery)
Our hours until
Every day, 10am-6pm
Corvallis Art Walk
Thursday Nov. 16 4-8pm & Dec. 1 6-9pm.
Jana R. Johnson
Linda M. Ohlson
Comments by Phil:
" I am a visual artist whose favorite 'brush' is a camera. Just as a painter's brush is simply a tool needed to create the painting, so is a camera merely my tool with which I make my 'painting.' My goal is an image, derived from the scene before me, but transformed by my camera and in the digital 'darkroom.' When I click the shutter, I am only beginning the process of altering the 'reality' of the scene, a reality already distorted by my choice of where I stand, how the light falls, and the technical details of lens, what is in focus, what I put in the viewfinder, etc. To complete the process, I use the digital darkroom to overcome the limitations of the camera.
The final print should, if I succeed, convey a feeling about the world that was before me when I took the picture. But my intent is not to document that world.
I make many prints for which most viewers would say that the print is a recognizable rendition of reality - even though they may not be aware of how much I have changed that reality. But I am always on the lookout for a scene that I think I can transform into a visually interesting print that, clearly or subtly, is an 'altered' reality.
I live near Corvallis, Oregon with a view of the beautifully forested coastal range. My best days are spent taking photographs and preparing them for prints. Years ago, I used a chemical darkroom for black and white images but had to use a commercial lab for color.
Now a digital darkroom gives me even better control of the final print; I am not at the whim of a company to determine how a print will look. Sometimes my photos go almost straight from camera to print. Just as often, I make drastic changes before the print appears. But all the time I want to delight (or puzzle!) the viewer's eye with color, shape and texture.
My favorite subjects are nature and the people and places I see on my travels. With every photograph I take, my goal is an image that will resonate in your mind, that strikes a visual 'chord' in you like a great song."
Featured Artist for November 2023:
"Seduced By Art" by Phil Coleman
Photographs of People Interacting With Art
Nov. 7 through Dec. 3
The Covid virus temporarily halted Phil's visits to galleries, but he always found it interesting to see how people engage with art, architecture and sculpture. Keeping in mind Edgar Degas's idea -“art is not what the artist sees but what he helps others to see-” Phil kept his camera ready (if permitted!) for unique moments that capture how visitors look at or participate in the art. While the art is clearly a part of the photo, the real subjects are the viewers of the art. Starting over a decade ago and now again, he has taken photos as examples of such moments. Here he has refined them into a series that show people with art or even "in" the art, sometimes very serious, sometimes very light-hearted. Please note that these are not "Photoshoped" images, but more akin to "street" (or candid) photography, though often taken indoors. The scenes were not staged but rather spontaneous, moments in time.
What Does She Think? Visions of the Hereafter, Bosch
You Can't Stop Him From Falling (Beehive Sculpture, London)
What Keeps Him Up?
Should I Open The Door?