…as when I viewed these two images that are part of an exhibit at the Peddie School’s Mariboe Gallery through Jan. 3, 2009. (The opening reception and gallery talk for José Ruiz: Soledad and Nick Guilbert: Quanta will take place on Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. )
In his photographic works, Nick Guilbert looks for bold lines and vivid colors: shadows, contrasts, light “at play.” He favors juxtapositions that puzzle or amuse, visual riddles that take familiar scenes and render them temporarily unfamiliar by accidents of location or environment, like a commuter who both is and isn’t there, a day at the beach in nearly pitch-black skies, or a Currier & Ives autumnal scene from inside a Las Vegas casino. His work is also informed by his training as a physicist, especially in how light interacts with matter: reflection, refraction, polarization, and scattering.
José Ruiz’s digital pictures are meditations on loneliness, and how the absence of another’s company can alter one’s self-perception. All his subjects are isolated in specific moments, creating an opportunity for reflection as analyzed under two different aspects: loneliness in social contexts and loneliness in isolation.