Work continues, if at a slower pace. With recent events and the resulting isolation, an effect of the break-in human contact is a changing relationship with time. With the incentive to stay home and avoid unnecessary contact, one starts to look not only inward but starts to pay more attention to the little details that surround us. This is especially so in that one has the time to see the many daily changes taking place as life continues in its slow but inevitable way. No longer distracted by the business of life’s daily routines, one has the time and quiet to notice seasonal changes. Spring slowly growing and blossoming, summers slow maturation, Autumns slow fade, and finally the hard, desaturated crystallization of winter. time and space take on a more subtle character.
These observations are evident in my recent work, which reflects a deeper sense of place and time. “In Absentia” represents my connection to Andrew Wyeth’s many amazing studies of the Keurner’s and their farm. This work, a study of the Keurner’s kitchen and the very window that is part of one of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous paintings, speaks to the passing of the Keurner’s and Wyeth himself, leaving the memories and shadows preserved in this stark kitchen.
‘West Side’ is an early work of what will likely become a new series. An offshoot of the ‘Island’ series, we move inland to study the ongoing history of the East End farms. Again, the story of time and elemental exposure is told by a man-made structure. The long years of exposure to the elements, with no thought of aesthetics, only shelter and protection shown in the hard weathered texture of line and surfaces.
‘Doctors Path’ is all about space and isolation. Or, perhaps, is this about loneliness or the ultimate freedom that can come with time and open space? Is solitude ultimately a precious gift?
‘Towd Point I” takes us outside, into the raw space of a tidal shoreline under full exposure of the elements. A lone fisherman’s skiff slowly disintegrates into the sand and reeds, while still telling the story of its hard-working life.
The common thread in the new work is the human element, never shown directly, of the relationship of time and to lives lived, the stories told in weathered traces on aging artifacts. One becomes intimately aware of the deep truth in Lao Tzu’s saying: “Nature does not hurry, but everything is accomplished.”
All photographic prints offered are printed personally by Jim Sabiston in his studio using state-of-the-art papers by Hannemuhle, Moab and Ilford. Printing is performed on an Epson Pro 7900 11 color printer using the new Ultrachrome HDR inks. These are the very best museum-grade, archival standard materials. The results must be seen in person. Visit the gallery to view Jim Sabiston’s limited edition fine art in person.
An award-winning, freelance artist based on Long Island, Jim Sabiston’s most recent work integrates this background as a painter and photographer, resulting in very original and unique Limited Edition series based prints that combine the strongest elements of both mediums – the impressionistic and metaphorical qualities of watercolor painting with the precision and literacy of photography. Photographic giants such as Stieglitz and Steichen, as well as painters such as Andrew Wyeth continue to influence Jim as he uses intensive post-processing techniques to blend the two mediums. The resulting prints are truly unique and must be seen in person to fully appreciate their impact and character. Jim’s works have received awards from National Geographic Explorer magazine, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Islip Arts Council, Gallery North, South Street Gallery, the Art League of Long Island, and East End Arts among others. His works have been published in various books and magazines and are part of numerous private collections.
Please contact Long Island Photo Gallery to schedule a private viewing or purchase details at 1(888) 600-5474. Long Island Photo Gallery is located at 467 Main Street in Islip, NY. The gallery currently displays artwork by over 30 local artists, explore the views of Long Island and beyond.
You can also shop Jim Sabiston’s open art series at Photo Art Pavilion.