Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Michael Goldstein
5 out of 5 stars
ERIC MEOLA – STORM CHASER: NEW PHOTOGRAPHS
NEW YORK, NY (September 3, 2015) Open Reception, September 2, 2015 – The most predictable thing about nature is its unpredictability. You can see it as it touched down in New York City in the most vivid way possible, when the Bernarducci Miesel Gallery recently unveiled a 28-piece exhibit of Eric Meola’s Storm Chaser: New Photographs – a horrifyingly breathtaking photo collection of spectacular tornadic weather at work (wrapping up September 28th). A clarification must be made: these are not photorealistic images that Meola has painted. These are in fact authentic photographs Meola took himself.
The final results successfully capture in time a state of nightmares and the presence of madness looming over the sky. Many of them, Rainstorm over Gravel Road, Wyoming, in particular defines the image of nature’s wrath as an unshakable presence, the looming darkness blanketing the sky and the road in front of us.
Lightning Storm, Hyannis, Nebraska, easily demonstrates an explosion of emotion through the purple bolt interrupting a dreary, dark-clouded evening. The lightning bolt is the main event and electrifies the world it pierces in a rainbow-after-a-storm kind of way.
Speaking of rainbows, Rainbow and Rainstorm, Oglala Grasslands, Nebraska, ties it all together. Like an image out of a clichéd fantasy prophesy, the sole banner of light is cutting through the tyrannical storm front of darkness like a sword through a dragon. It represents the good and the bad, the chaos and the light, at the end of the tunnel.
Meola’s exhibit successfully shrinks down the atmosphere’s ferocity and puts it up behind the glass on display for the entire world to see. Still, that probably won’t stop that chill rocketing up your spine.
The exhibit runs September 3 – 26, 2015.