apples and oranges, James Henkel

apples and oranges, James Henkel

January 11th through February 29th
at gallery co
Reception Saturday January 19th
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Apple Ring Apple Ring, 2007, pigmented ink print, 20 x 20
Grove #38 Grove #38, 2002, pigmented ink print, 20 x 20

Apples and Oranges presents Minneapolis photographer James Henkel's first exhibition of simultaneous landscape and studio constructions. With photographs that span the last decade, Henkel bridges north and south in a collection of formal outdoor images and his quintessential constructed images. Whether traveling through Florida, North Carolina or Minnesota, Henkel frames the ephemeral fruit or the rooted tree as a vision of time, pressure, beauty, and place.

While living in Indian River County in Florida in 1999–2000, Henkel began a series of photographs exploring the citrus groves he saw on his daily drive. What began as a formal exploration became a meditation on place. Many of the photographs were made in abandoned groves that were quietly awaiting rezoning to accommodate the ferocious real estate market that now defines coastal Florida. Most of these groves have been replaced with housing tracts.

The apple photographs are a mix of landscape and studio work. The landscape images were made in an orchard in Alta Pass on the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina and at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Many of the studio photographs are a product of apple trees growing near his studio in Penland, North Carolina.