I first met Gene Gort at the Hartford Art School when I was a student there in the early 90's. Gene taught in the video department and was known for his experimental video and installation work which had provocative, often edgy, subject matter. What a surprise it was to reconnect with him recently and see his latest series of photographs, these elegant and simple compositions of flowers and natural objects. In his own words, Gene was "examining the simple elegance of natural objects unencumbered by cultural context or social/political discourse." Ever the experimenter, Gene uses a flatbed scanner to make this work. He says "The imaging device demands a different set of principles, techniques and orientation that allows me to see things from a very different vantage point and offers a freedom I don’t feel when using a traditional lens-based device like a camera. I often think of these images as “gifts” when the image appears on the screen once scanned. They offer themselves up as material to be inspected, revered and are breathtaking – refreshing and very surprising." I wholeheartedly agree! For more information about Gene Gort's work please contact YES Gallery + Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 245-7174.