Jonah Samson – Pleasantville

Current photographs from Jonah Samson are on display at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. The work is being shown as part of the exhibit, “View Master” along with Lori Nix and Grace Weston. The group show is very strong so be sure to see the gallery website for details.

Jonah Samson - Peeping Tom - 2008
Jonah Samson, Peeping Tom, 2008.

Samson creates dioramas in miniature and photographs the arrangements. The viewer is often the only witness to the moments the artist produces. The audience turns accomplice through their inability to act in the virtual world of “Pleasantville”. We become guilty bystanders helpless to alter events for better or worse.

Jonah Samson - Grave Digger - 2008
Jonah Samson, Grave Digger, 2008.

All of the scenarios put forth in the exhibited series are plausible, save one. “Giant Octopus” (below) could be interpreted as an homage to Ray Harryhausen the special effects legend of “Clash of the Titans” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” fame.

Jonah Samson - Giant Octopus - 2008
Jonah Samson, Giant Octopus, 2008.

Jonah Samson
4 June – 11 July 2009
G. Gibson Gallery

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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.

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