Posted by: Stan Russell | April 1, 2014

Curiouser and Curiouser – Opening reception Saturday, April 5

From Ventana Inn & Spa



DATE: 2/18/14

CONTACT: Lorrie Kempf (831) 667-4298, e-mail:

WHAT: Ventana Exhibition featuring photographs by L.A. artist Nancy Berry

WHERE: The Gallery at Ventana, 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

WHEN: APRIL 6 – JULY 6, 2014

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COST: Free

Big Sur, CA—Curiouser and Curiouser: An exhibition of photography by Nancy Berry opens at the Gallery at Ventana, 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The public is invited to meet the artist and view her work at a FREE reception on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and live music by Spanish guitarist Rodrigo Teague.

Berry’s photographs span from surrealistic self portraits to dreamy abstracts and landscapes—most originating in the Big Sur area. Relatively new to the world of photography (Berry is the former Vice Chairman of both Virgin Music Group Worldwide and Virgin Records America), she works with a large variety of cameras – new and vintage, digital and film. Obscure models, such as the digital infrared forensics camera she used in “Holding My Ground”, a self portrait of Berry prone in a field, create an otherworldly vibe, shrouded in cool tones of lavender.

She shoots almost exclusively outdoors, using only natural light, except for her rare night scenes, such as “The Dancer”, which she shot of herself, underwater, while holding the camera.

She makes and applies all colors and effects to the camera. In “Curiouser and Curiouser”, a self portrait of Berry looking through a magnifying glass, the applied effects create an aura of translucent reds and greens. She discards the effects after each session, so as not to duplicate the outcome.

Playing with light, texture, color, and contrast, Berry builds the sets she uses, mainly from things she finds in nature or in thrift shops. “A Book is a Garden to Dream In”, fuses Berry’s anonymous lower half, with a seemingly endless, gently cascading mountain of books. Her images include many different characters—a few influenced by personal experiences, but mainly they are fantasy—imagined tales. Each individual image belongs to a series of images—each series with its own story.

Photos: “Curiouser and Curiouser”, photograph, 2012, 40” x 60”; “A Book is a Garden to Dream In”, photograph, 2013, 30” x 40”; “Holding my Ground”, photograph, 2010, 40” x 60”


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