Greg Conniff has an eye for commonplace beauty. His critically acclaimed photographs focus on neglected or overlooked places: backyards, railroad embankments, overgrown gardens, and scrubby industrial lots. Conniff seeks out the places where wildness rubs up against developed land, emerging in exuberant tangles of unmanaged life and growth. Noted for their extraordinary detail and rich, atmospheric quality, Conniff’s prints recall the depth and texture of nineteenth-century photogravures. Yet his quiet, pastoralist approach does not romanticize the landscape. Conniff’s work celebrates the stubborn survival of natural beauty on the edges of the built environment.
- 30 - will include photographs selected from thirty years of Conniff’s work, and allow visitors an opportunity to explore his serial approach to specific landscapes and formal ideas. A longtime Madisonian, Conniff plans to spend several hours a week in the gallery for free-form conversation with visitors about the photographs and any ideas that might rise from them.