by Audrey Griffith
The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography begins the 2000-2001 school year with a photography show by artist Jeri Lynn Eisenberg.
Eisenberg, who now resides in East Greenbush, N.Y., spent 15 years of her life as a lawyer. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Kirkland College in 1974 and her law degree from Boston University in 1977. Eisenberg decided to follow a different path. Most of Eisenberg’s photography to date has been traditional in imagery and technique.
Eisenberg said, “Recently, I have been exploring a different approach, utilizing alternative processes and incorporating more of a narrative element in my images.”
Eisenberg has studied photography at the International Center for Photography, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Santa Fe Workshops and Rocky Mountain School of Photography. She submitted 20 slides to the Irene Carlson Gallery. The work submitted is from a series of Van Dyke Brown photograms that incorporated discarded x-rays and dried leaves and grasses.
“I began working on this project two years ago, when I learned that three friends were battling and succumbing to cancer. The x-rays, which I had previously collected and stored in my studio with no specific purpose in mind, came to the forefront of my worktable,” said Eisenberg.
Eisenberg said she was then exposed portions of selected x-rays and plant material to the sun. Some of her prints were selectively toned with tea, while others worked with pastels.
“Their (leaves) partial disintegration resulted in patterns that intrigued me. Together the x-rays, leaves and grasses let me speak to issues I would otherwise find difficult to address photographically, the fragile nature of life, the awareness of our own mortality, and the possibilities of renewal,” said Eisenberg.
In 1997, Eisenberg received the Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts and Rensselaer County Council on the Arts. In 1998, she received the Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts and Rensselaer County Council on the Arts, Round I and Round II.
In 1999, Eisenberg also received the Individual Artist’s Grant, New York State Council on the Arts and Rensselaer County Council on the Arts; Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts and Rennselaer County Council on the Arts.
Eisenberg’s portfolio comprises more than 30 images. Her show is scheduled to be up for formal visits from Oct. 23 through Dec. 8.