On view: March 7th-28th, 2018 in Gallery 1
DVAA is proud to host Intertwining with Nature, a photography exhibition by DVAA member
Mark Conti. Equally drawn to natural and man-made subjects, often finding recurring forms in disparate
images, the subject of Conti’s work is varied. These shared forms suggest series-based imagery which grows
from common connections that inform one another and are often an unexpected discovery for Conti. The art,
then, is ahead of the artist, enlightening and contributing to further growth. Selection and organization in the
camera, and subsequent interpretation by the materials, creates images that invite the viewer to reexamine
what is before them as if seeing it for the first time, every time.
Technical aspects of the photographic process are imperative for the production of Conti’s work.
Unlike other 2D disciplines, such as painting, where composition grows stroke by stroke in an additive way,
photography is an organizational activity driven by selection processes. From the early 1970’s through the
mid-2000’s, Conti produced his art by using traditional black and white film, personally developing and
printing his work in a traditional darkroom. This earlier manner of working informs his current use of digital
imaging technologies, bringing traditional techniques to the digital exposure and printing processes. In
Conti’s words: “My goal is to organize forms and gather light in a way that allows the final image to become
its own reality and, as much as possible, serve as its own source of light.”