Sheltering Arms II

John Chiara
Andy Goldsworthy
Chris McCaw
Meghann Riepenhoff

A year after its first iteration, Sheltering Arms II presents recent works by artists for whom nature is both subject and collaborator: John Chiara, Andy Goldsworthy, Chris McCaw, and Meghann Riepenhoff.

“It would be delightful,” the great naturalist John Muir reflected, “to be storm-bound beneath one of these noble, hospitable, inviting old trees, its broad sheltering arms bent down like a tent, incense rising from the fire made from its dry fallen branches, and a hearty wind chanting overhead.” Like Muir, the artists included in this exhibition bring us the poetry of the natural world, along with some of the comfort it can offer.


  • JOHN CHIARA

  • Over the past decade, John Chiara has produced one-of-a-kind images of San Francisco and the Northern California landscape that are...

    John Chiara

    Moore Road at Sommerville Road, 2020

    49 x 39 inches

    $18,000

    Over the past decade, John Chiara has produced one-of-a-kind images of San Francisco and the Northern California landscape that are incredibly detailed and unmistakably handmade. Chiara’s inventive techniques leave behind visible traces of his process, resulting in works that invite us to contemplate their content while pointing to the chemical aspects of their creation.
     
    Sheltering Arms II includes lush, lucid images of spaces that are often transitional and bypassed, each imbued an atmospheric, dream-like quality — a reminder of landscape photography’s continued potential, of the joy in meandering, and beauty that can be found in even the most prosaic of surroundings.
  • "I have been photographing California for most of my life. How this landscape has been depicted through photography, cinematography, and painting has left a deep impression on me. Our collective sense of it comes, in part, from all that has been projected onto us; a collective memory."
    • John Chiara El Dorado at Pyramid (Right), 2010 Paper: 50 x 73 inches Frame: 63 x 85 inches
      John Chiara
      El Dorado at Pyramid (Right), 2010
      Paper: 50 x 73 inches
      Frame: 63 x 85 inches
      $27,000


  • ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

  • Celebrated artist Andy Goldsworthy creates his sculptures, installations, and ephemeral works — actions and creations that last only a moment in time, documented in his photographs — with natural materials such as leaves and flowers, branches, stone and dirt, even ice and water. Each work is uniquely informed by the seasons, the site and what it provides, revealing the poetry of our surroundings and the deep connections we share with them.
  • The works featured in Sheltering Arms II reveals the diversity of Goldsworthy’s practice: from ephemeral works created in Colorado, where...

    Andy Goldsworthy

    Leaf Cone, 1987

    12.5 x 3.5 x 4 inches

    Price Upon Request

    The works featured in Sheltering Arms II reveals the diversity of Goldsworthy’s practice: from ephemeral works created in Colorado, where the inherent fragility of his creations are emphasized by the fast-moving water or bright sunlight; to a delicate, desk-top sculpture composed entirely of dried and layered leaves.
  • “I take nothing out with me in the way of tools, glue or rope, preferring to explore the natural bonds and tensions that exist within the earth. Each work is a discovery.”
    • Andy Goldsworthy Reworked sticks on river boulder, Hunter Creek, Colorado, May 2006, 2006 Image: 15.5 x 15.5 inches Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      Andy Goldsworthy
      Reworked sticks on river boulder, Hunter Creek, Colorado, May 2006, 2006
      Image: 15.5 x 15.5 inches
      Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      $25,000
    • Andy Goldsworthy Stacked, branch, waterfall, spire, Hunter Creek, Colorado, September 2006, 2006 Image: 15.5 x 19.5 inches Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      Andy Goldsworthy
      Stacked, branch, waterfall, spire, Hunter Creek, Colorado, September 2006, 2006
      Image: 15.5 x 19.5 inches
      Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      $25,000
    • Andy Goldsworthy River boulder redrawn with water, Woody Creek, Colorado, August 2006, 2006 Image: 15.5 x 15.5 inches Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      Andy Goldsworthy
      River boulder redrawn with water, Woody Creek, Colorado, August 2006, 2006
      Image: 15.5 x 15.5 inches
      Frame: 26.5 x 26.5 inches
      $25,000


  • CHRIS MCCAW

  • Chris McCaw’s experimental photography harnesses the visceral contribution of unpredictable forces — light, weather, and seasons — to create his...

    Chris McCaw

    Sunburned GSP #945 (Every time the sun came out, Wyoming), 2016

    20 x 24 inches

    $25,000 unframed

    Chris McCaw’s experimental photography harnesses the visceral contribution of unpredictable forces — light, weather, and seasons — to create his highly polished images. In his iconic Sunburn series, the high powered lenses of his hand-built cameras allows the sun to literally burn a path across light sensitive photo paper.

    Over long exposures lasting several hours or a full day, the sun appears as a scorched, searing arch over the landscape — across deserts and mountain ranges, reflected in the glossy surface of lakes. “You aren't just documenting the sun,” McCaw has said, “but wind, clouds, and tidal flows." The resulting works disrupt the idea of photography as simply a representation of reality, instead becoming an embodiment of the Earth’s constant rotation and the passage of time.
  • “I think nothing now of spending a day, even a week, in the same place, just watching shadows move, watching how the land is experienced.”
    • Chris McCaw Sunburned GSP #974 (Oregon), 2017 14 x 11 inches
      Chris McCaw
      Sunburned GSP #974 (Oregon), 2017
      14 x 11 inches
      $10,000 unframed
    • Chris McCaw Sunburned GSP #909 (Mojave), 2016 24 x 20 inches
      Chris McCaw
      Sunburned GSP #909 (Mojave), 2016
      24 x 20 inches
      $25,000 unframed


  • MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF

  • The complex, azure surfaces of Meghann Riepenhoff’s cyanotypes evoke the landscapes and conditions in which they were created — draped...

    Meghann Riepenhoff

    Ice #150 (31-44℉, Ephemeral Waterfall Pool, 11.29.20), 2020

    42 x 60 inches

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    The complex, azure surfaces of Meghann Riepenhoff’s cyanotypes evoke the landscapes and conditions in which they were created — draped on the shore or over branches, packed in snow, laid on shifting ice in frozen bodies of water. As they make contact with photographic materials, weather patterns, tide and current, and the chemical makeup of water all inform the resulting works, so that each is a portrait of a place and time that is both literal and abstract, and wholly unique.
     
    New works from Riepenhoff’s Ecotone and Ice series, created from her home on Bainbridge Island, hint at global conditions — the Coronavirus pandemic, the US Presidential Elections – and speak to the solace we can find in art, creation, and nature.
  • “I want my work to serve as a point of connection, a starting place to think about how we relate to our environment.”

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