April 13, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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December 01, 2017

Studio 238: Stone Free, Photography of Meredith Garcia

Studio 238 is pleased to present local photographer Meredith Garcia and her recent body of work titled, Stone Free.


Exhibition Dates - November 29 – December 29, 2017

In her previous life as a neurobiologist, Garcia spent many hours taking black and white film photomicrographs of the brain, arguably the most beautiful and complex structure in the known universe. Garcia retired from research and photomicroscopy in 2005, but her interest in photography continued.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, using a Nikon camera with a 50mm lens, Garcia again returned to looking at the natural world and with this exhibition invites viewers to peer again through her lens. Stone Free can be seen as abstracted patterns created from reflections and shadows. Or perhaps this collection of works is another set of photomicroscopic slides that viewers are invited to investigate.

In the series Stone Free, Garcia exercises the abstract spirit, capturing the essence of the geological formations of the American Southwest, taking them out of their usual context. These zoomed in abstractions of stones free them from their literal content and meaning, entering into the mystery of what constitutes the world around us. With these photographs, printed in Garcia’s Taos darkroom, she abstracts the essence of the real world permitting the viewer to find his or her own reality within that image.


The opening reception on December 1st is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Harwood Museum of Art at 575.758.9826 x 109 or go to harwoodmuseum.org