October 5th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Sara
September 9th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Sara
By David Brickman
In the inevitable push-pull between form and content that lies behind all photographic imagery, the work of Marie Triller falls squarely in the middle of the argument. But it’s a pretty big middle and, as seen in the just-published collection titled Ten Years: Remembering 9/11 ($29.95, John Isaacs Books), her work covers much of that range.
Triller, who earned an MFA at SUNY New Paltz and works as a high school art teacher, has had a quiet but persistent presence on the Capital Region art scene for decades, and for much of that time she has exhibited expertly made, digitally captured color photographs that represent human culture, often from travels to distant places such as Belize, Ireland, and the American Southwest. One might argue that these pictures were clearly documentary in purpose – and that would be true – but it is equally true that they were intended as personal artistic expression. The pictures presented in Triller’s new book are no exception to this duality.
Beginning with a full-bleed cover shot of a motorcycle gas tank embellished with an exquisite painting of a New York City skyline dominated by hovering ghosts of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the book teases the eye as much as it plucks at the heart strings. Immediately, the parameters are shown: This photographer use color, shape, composition, and point of view in ways that your everyday documentary photographers do not.
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June 10th, 2009, 12:28 pm by Sara
Marie Triller: Ground Zero, 2006
I knew no one who died that day. I couldn’t even remember when I had last visited the World Trade Center. But when the towers fell, I was immensely shocked and filled with a sadness I’d never experienced before.
It took two weeks to gather the courage to go to Manhattan and witness the site with my own eyes. Friends would ask me, “How can you go down there?” and I remember thinking, “How can you not?”
For the past ten years, Albany artist Marie Triller has been visiting Ground Zero on the anniversary of September 11 to photograph the people who gather to remember the attacks. A personal response to a previously unimaginable tragedy. Triller’s annual pilgrimage has yielded an ever-growing collection of powerful images, some of which she’s exhibited both locally and nationally.
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Last weekend was a big one for Albany art, starting with Albany First Friday, June 5th: we began at the Albany Art Room to see Elizabeth Dubben’s show, then around the corner to Joe Putrock’s show at the Lark Street BID and thence to Upstate Artists Guild, for their People’s Choice 2009 exhibit. I haven’t heard yet who won (if you know, please let me know) but my favorite work was Nina Stanley’s oil on canvas:
Nina Stanley: Where's My Golden Ball
Continuing along Lark Street, we peeked into National Upholstery Gallery and marveled at Wren Panzella’s glass transfers:
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