In March 2014 on the display at the Joyce and David Milne Public Library in Williamstown is art by Joanna Gabler. This is Gabler’s seventh exhibition at Milne Library. The title of the exhibition is “Broad Brook and Hoosac” since all the images shown in the library were created out of photographs taken by the artist on her many walks by the Hoosac River or its little and very picturesque tributary Broad Brook. Gabler calls her images transcapes, because they are landscapes transfigured by her artistic vision.
Combining her two long-lasting passions, photography and nature, Gabler sees and photographs nature through the eye she developed over years of work as a painter—a medium she still works in. Sensitive to color and form, she goes out into nature seeking her own personal vision. All her art is inspired by and co-created with nature.
For many years Gabler, inspired by her feeling for color, concentrated almost exclusively on oil painting as a medium for the finished work she presented to the public, while she worked actively in photography as a means to sharpen her vision and relate to the sensual world. In recent years she has experimented with mixed media and collage, and above all the rich, complex imagery she derives from photographs by digital methods.
The artist’s deep involvement with photography started in the early 1990s, when she discovered the annual New York Orchid Show. It was at this time that Gabler became absorbed in macrophotography and in discovering the inner and intimate dimensions of the flowers. This developed into an ongoing series of flower portraits in oil and stimulated her lasting passion for nature photography. Her desire has always been to discover through the lens of a camera what is hidden from direct physical vision. Gabler started working.
Through the use of advanced digital technology, she captures the unseen energies behind physical reality. Using digital editing tools to refine her vision beyond what she observes through the viewfinder, she breaks down the forms one sees in daily life. From these forms, new symmetries and color patterns are created which uncover the hidden life behind plants, rocks, buildings, and other objects. These new forms are at times totally different from the original object as observed in the world, and resemble a gemstone or a Mandala. Adding new dimensions to the objects from which they originated, these images now represent something totally new.
Gabler has lived and worked in Williamstown for the past 12 years. Among her most recent exhibitions are a current exhibition of oil paintings in Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, MA and transcapes in May and June 2013 at the Centerpoint Gallery in New York City, in Spring of 2012 at the Bennington Museum of Art in Bennington VT and Orchid Mandalas at the Warsaw University Botanical Garden in September, 2011.
Gabler’s art has been purchased by several American and European private collectors and institutions. A list of her exhibitions can be found on her website: http://naturetransfigured.com. Her paintings can be seen at http://joannagabler.com