Johnnie Eisen

foliage #12

1993
Johnnie Eisen creates his close-up photographs of leaves and pods in the soft, late afternoon light. In his printmaking he builds up tonal layers, from inky blacks to silvery greys, to convey a sense of depth in spite of the shallow space of his subject matter. The stalks and blades of leaves have a pronounced, even sculptural presence, their texture and shape more reminiscent of ribs and skin. An internal harmony is created in the work through the repetition of forms, as well as the folding of shapes one on top of the other. Lines or edges of leaves become visually charged. The visual ambiguities created by Eisen's attentiveness to the effects of light and shadow express a mysterious and surreal natural world, a place that is both factual and illusive.
Title
foliage #12
Date
1993
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
50.6 x 40.6 cm; image: 37.9 x 38.2 cm; 29 x 23 x 1 1/4 in. (framed)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2001
Accession number
2001.9