GATOR TIME: Gulf Variations 

Recent Photographs by Jonathan L. Clark 



Image: Jonathan L. Clark, Gulf Variation 3202, 2016. ©Jonathan L. Clark, courtesy Smith Andersen North.


April 21 - June 9, 2018

Reception, April 21st, 6-8:30pm



Smith Andersen North is pleased to present GATOR TIME: Gulf Variations, an exhibition debuting a new series of photographs by Jonathan L. Clark. Made between 2016 and 2018, these dramatic large-scale color prints reflect Clark's interest in the interplay between the man-made and natural worlds. 

In a sequence of more than eighteen photographs, Clark's painterly images depict a condominium tower reflected in the waters of a secluded bayou on FLorida's Gulf Coast. Over several years the artist returned to the same spot, documenting the building's mirrored image as it shifted with the light of day, movement of water, and the occasional curious alligator. Clark states, "The interpay of substance and reflection becomes a dialogue with nature, creating ever-changing metaphors of reality that the camera alone can capture and preserve." The resulting photographs, diversely abstract and contemplative, plumb the ambiguous qualities of the refelcted images. 


An open reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 6:00, Saturday 12:00 - 5:00.

A limited-edition artist's book crafted by the photographer entiteld Gulf Variations will be availavle for purchase at the gallery


JONATHAN L. CLARK is a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work also encompasses the creation of books using letterpress, gravure, and digital printing techniques. Clark's work is held in the collections of the Musuem of Modern Art, New York; Amon Carter Musuem of American Art, Fort Worth; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Smithsonian Institution, Washington; The Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon; The Art Musuem, Princeton University; J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles; JGS Foundation, New York; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, among many others. Clark has been awarded US State Department cultural specialist grants to Poland and Spain; the Oscar Lewis Award for Book Arts; and a JGS Foundation book award.