Opening Friday, June 3, 5-8pm
We are pleased to present Stone Wave, an exhibit of Cape Ann quarry images by photographer and historian, Leslie Bartlett.
These abandoned deep water pools with emerging stone walls were created through the back-breaking labor of local granite quarrymen from the mid 19th century through the 1930s. Bartlett happens upon these manmade stonescapes, overtaken by nature, and perceives them as a gift and a meditation, “a presence defined by absence”. His work is done after the manner of Shi Tao, a 17th century Chinese landscape painter; the artist’s name translates to Stone Wave, hence the tile of this show.
" I do not dare to lay claim to these images as mine.
Worthy only as I relinquish the cloak of ownership,
I bow before the resilient elements...taking up for myself,
the courtesy name of ‘Stone Wave.’ "
- Leslie Bartlett