Please join us at Vastu, March 8th at 5:30pm, for a gallery talk with Allen Russ.
His work, City of Trees, is currently on exhibit and was recently featured by NBC 4 Washington whose coverage can be seen here: “City of Trees” Featured on NBC 4.
Allen will be discussing the goals of the project and how he has created many of his evocative large-scale photographs of our Capital’s natural treasures.
Congrats to Allen Russ and the Trust for the National Mall for being featured on NBC 4 here in DC.
From NBC 4 Washington,
“A local artist brings attention to the plant life along the National Mall, in hopes of preserving the plants for years to come.”
Remember, a portion of the proceeds from each piece sold go directly to the Trust for the National Mall. Restoration work has already started on the National Mall, as featured by Prince of Petworth, and is hoped to be completed by December 2012.
Click here to learn more about the Trust for the National mall and its mission or see our original post about “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC” to read about Allen Russ’s work.
View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.
A portion of the proceeds from our current exhibit, City of Trees by Allen Russ, goes toward supporting The Trust for the National Mall. The Trust is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to improving and restoring the National Mall.
March 25th is the last day you’ll have a chance to stop by our showroom and see these gorgeous pieces in person, which is definitely recommended to feel the full effect.
“4 Cherry Trees and Moon” is one of those pieces. It really captures Russ’s long exposure technique with movement in the branches but clear, sharp surroundings. And then you have the amazing colors coming from the water, sky and, most importantly, the cherry blossoms themselves.
Oh yeah, and its size definitely makes sure you don’t miss anything. At 40″ high by 88″ wide, it’s massive and manages to pull you in to the scene making you feel like you’re there at the Tidal Basin. That’s something our small image here doesn’t quite achieve.
And just knowing that in buying this limited edition piece of art you’re also supporting the restoration and upkeep of a national treasure makes it all the more worth it.
Over the weekend we had a new art exhibit go up called “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC” from DC-based photographer Allen Russ.
Allen Russ on the series:
“This is an ongoing book project of landscape photography focusing on the trees of Washington DC. I am working on this project in conjunction with the Trust for the National Mall. For the next several years, I will be adding photographs as I create them.”
As you may recall, Allen has exhibited at Vastu before back in 2010 as part of a $500 or Less art show and was even interviewed, at the time, by Cecile Oreste from Borderstan.
About his work:
“I would characterize my work as equal parts science and art. Often when I conceive of a photograph, so much of my intent is to capture some biological, chemical and physical symptom of the effects of time on my subject as well as the geometry of the subject and the scene of which it is a part.
It is often the case that I manufacture or manipulate my subject over weeks and months. Treating it chemically or simply leaving it to be affected by weathering. Although, many of my subjects are man-made relics of the industrial era, I am primarily photographing nature.
I am trying to capture not just the symptoms of time, but the actual passage of it. This means that I spend the time around many of my photographs under long exposure conditions trying to contain 30+ minutes on a single piece of film.”
Allen Russ exhibit, “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC”
1829 14th St. NW / Washington, DC 20009
January 30, 2012 – March 25, 2012