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Oak
Jack Spencer
Oak
2019 | pigment print on archival paper | 37.75x54.75 | $4500

Jack Spencer is recognized for his haunting series of the American landscape, photographed shortly after 9/11 as he sought to discern what it meant to be American during the aftermath. But for this series, Spencer, like the rest of us, moved the show inside. Shooting interiors he built himself, Spencer’s indoor series uniquely shows us the hand of the photographer. He made for himself the rare opportunity for a photographer to manipulate the light and shadow in a space yet capture the serendipity of time passing.

We all totally know this view right now– but here at David Lusk Gallery, we like to invite fresh perspectives! Notice how the texture of the walls interacts with the color of the walls. Find where the light is the most intense and where it is the darkest. Spencer continues to keep it fresh in this series which you can see more of on our website. Check it out and try looking out a different window for a bit.

Spencer even encourages us that "The person creating is always reflected in the effect of the final creation. Cause and effect is the law of art… the rule that can never be broken. If one intends with the honesty of self-expression, then the result will be worth looking at, no matter how primitive or how sophisticated the means of accomplishment.Take heart, friends!

Jack Spencer is a widely known photographer originally from Kosciusko, Mississippi, and currently lives in Nashville. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year in the Nature category. His book This Land: An American Portrait was published in 2017 with foreword by southern writer Jon Meacham. Spencer's work is in collections at the Berkley Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Brookings Institute, the Tennessee State Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2013, The Frist Museum in Nashville presented an extensive mid-career retrospective of his work.

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