The C. Grimaldis Gallery recently concluded its exhibition of Neil Meyerhoff’s Recent Photographs. Meyerhoff documented his worldly adventures throughout Asia, Africa, and South America from 2011 to 2014. As local Baltimore photographer, he has been capturing urban and rural cultures for over 50 years. An avid traveler, the photographer has been to over 56 countries and is vigilant in his search to capture the everyday experiences of men and women across the world.
Opening in 1977, Grimaldis is the longest operating gallery in Baltimore and responsible for exhibiting works of over 40 international and domestic artists, alluring visitors and art appreciators consistently and maintaining their quality reputation. Grimaldis does an excellent job in its curatorial role. They have an established reputation of representing quality artists, and its New York City Soho style layout is a testament to the power of art in culture. The high ceilings and plain eggshell walls enhance but don’t overwhelm the paintings, photographs, sculpture, or installations. Artists like Meyerhoff use the light to achieve a great formal effect.
The photographs are varied in shot size and length, providing intimate close-ups of civilians or more defining images of the natural environments with a strong depth of field. Also, Meyerhoff’s photos exhibit a fine attention to detail, with significant emphasis on color, which increases the impact of the subject of each photo.
Meyerhoff seizes the opportunity to reveal humanity in a multitude of distinct cultures, putting emphasis on the varying lifestyles. Does the photographer give these unique societies and ethnicities the recognition they deserve? It is a question worth considering. The images, while aesthetically pleasing, provide limited insight into the realities of the struggles each person or nation truly faces. That said the art is powerful in a formal way and commands appreciation. There is no one specific image that stands out, but each invites its viewers into the surface reality of those depicted and their lives.
Up next Grimaldis is presenting a selection of paintings and drawings from Joan Waltemath’s solo exhibition “In the Absence of Grief” from February 19th to March 21st. Similar to Meyerhoff, Joan Waltemath is an established artist who has presented throughout the nation. However, it will be fascinating to see how her portrayal of the Fibonacci sequence is found in nature.
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Reviewed by Dylan Hans