Gallery  July 17, 2019  Megan D Robinson

The Psychedelic Landscapes of Terri Loewenthal

© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 45 (Peach Springs Canyon, AZ), 2018. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP

Combining landscape photography with psychedelic colors, Terri Loewenthal creates striking photographic works evoking the wild soul of nature, now on view at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA. In the Oakland-based artist's first exhibition with Jackson Fine Art, Psychscapes shifts the colors of alpine forests and craggy mountain peaks into unexpected avenues, creating an experience both familiar and otherworldly.

Loewenthal uses a painterly sensibility to marry the expected with the unexpected. Her landscapes pull the viewer into a multi-layered, phantasmagorical wonderland of surprising colors and vibrant light. While some of her pieces resemble double exposures, Loewenthal’s works are single-exposure, in-camera compositions utilizing a special optics she developed. She plays with perception, presenting turquoise lakes ringed by ghostly, luminous trees and gossamer mountain ranges, radiant with sunset hues. 

© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 809 (Lower Bear River Reservoir,
CA)
, 2017. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP.

“To have a psychedelic experience is to free your mind from its normal constraints,” Loewenthal says in her artist statement. “My work is a marriage of calculation and spontaneity. I have a toolkit and a sense of what might happen, but at the same time, it’s a surprise. I love the idea of making an 'impossible' image.” Loewenthal hopes that her immersive fantastical landscapes will reconnect viewers with the vitality of nature, and that her work will “help preserve the wildness of our open spaces—by heightening and newly envisioning that wildness.” 

 

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 33 (Mount Olsen, CA), 2018. Edition 1 of 5 + 2AP.
© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 33 (Mount Olsen, CA), 2018. Edition 1 of 5 + 2AP.

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 87 (Coffee Pot Rock, AZ), 2018. Edition 1 of 3 + 2AP.
© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 87 (Coffee Pot Rock, AZ), 2018. Edition 1 of 3 + 2AP.

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 52 (North Peak, CA), 2018. Archival pigment print, 64 x 48 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP.
© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 52 (North Peak, CA), 2018. Archival pigment print, 64 x 48 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP.

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 72 (Fossil Creek, AZ), 2018. Archival pigment print, 40 x 30 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP.
© Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 72 (Fossil Creek, AZ), 2018. Archival pigment print, 40 x 30 inches, Edition of 3 + 2AP.

Loewenthal has a BA from Rice University in Houston. She has exhibited at a number of art venues, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Minnesota Street Projects (San Francisco) and the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), and has work in many private collections. She also founded The Chetwood, an artist run residency program providing housing, studio space, community outreach and support for artists visiting the Bay Area. Loewenthal collaborates regularly with many Bay Area arts organizations including Creative Growth (Oakland, CA) and has been an active musician for over a decade; her bands Call and Response, Rubies and Shock have performed extensively nationally and internationally. Loewenthal is originally from Washington, D.C. and South Florida.

Psychscapes is concurrently on view with Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders, and an Ansel Adams exhibition through August 31, 2019.

About the Author

Megan D Robinson

Megan D Robinson writes for Art & Object and the Iowa Source.

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