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Dianne Kornberg: Open Places

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Portland OR – Feb 1-24

Dianne Kornberg is one of Portland’s most distinctive photographers. Her work employs macro images of such laboratory specimens as animal embryos, insects, bones and most recently, marine algae from a herbarium in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Kornberg’s newest series, Open Places, has a slightly softer tone, but retains the strange and elegant beauty that defined her previous work. Created with samples of pressed plant material from an early 20th century archive, the images have an antique appearance on yellowed paper with old-fashioned handwriting and irregular, faded edges.By juxtaposing the organic lines of grasses and stems, Kornberg adds what appear to be stark strips of tape. Her fresh perspective on these labelled and preserved organisms is captured with luminosity and delicate observation.

Later in 2007, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University will hold a fifteen-year retrospective of Kornberg’s photographs. Her work is included in many prestigious collections, such as the American Embassy in Belize, the International Center for Photography in NY, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Art Museum at Princeton University, NJ, and both the Portland and Seattle Art Museums.

Allyn Cantor

Dianne Kornberg - Water Buttercup
Dianne Kornberg, Water Buttercup (2006), Digital pigment print on rag paper, edition of 15 [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Feb 1-24]

Dianne Kornberg - Pink Clover
Dianne Kornberg, Pink Clover (2006), Digital pigment print on rag paper, edition of 15 [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Feb 1-24]

Dianne Kornberg - Salt Marsh Grass
Dianne Kornberg, Salt Marsh Grass (2006), Digital pigment print on rag paper, edition of 15 [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Feb 1-24]

Ursula Salemink Roos - Coastal Impression XII
Dianne Kornberg, Onion (2006), Digital pigment print on rag paper, edition of 15 [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Feb 1-24]

 Wed, Feb 7, 2007