Project Gallery

Tanya Marcuse

Fruitless

September 6 - October 6, 2007

We are pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work by Tanya Marcuse. Comprised of photographs of fruit trees in northern Dutchess and southern Columbia Counties in New York State, Fruitless records orchards as they change with the seasons, and unfortunately with the times. Sharon Bates notes, "The palladium prints document the vanishing visual, economic and cultural presence of orchards in the Hudson Valley region." Today, the orchards are disappearing as new housing developments spring up at astonishing rates and many of the trees stand on land that is currently for sale. With striking intimacy, Marcuse captures the visual complexity of intertwined branches, while bringing to the viewer's attention that perhaps in a year, or a decade, these trees will be gone and only the photographs will remain.

A small 16 page publication by Nazraeli Press entitled Fruitless accompanies the show. In 2005 Nazraeli Press published Undergarments and Armor which was supported by a 2002-03 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2004 Anson Kittredge Grant. The project won a 2005 JGS Book Project Award. Marcuse’s photographs are in the collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Yale Art Gallery, and The Library of Congress. She teaches photography at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

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