The first exhibition of a new downtown Oakland gallery, Collect, featured the extraordinary photography of Matthew Shallenberger. Shallenberger's work is the stuff dreams are made of; sometimes ethereal, sometimes surreal, sometimes scenic with just a slightly off-kilter view but all incredibly beautiful and stunning. I sometimes see a photograph and say to myself, "I'd kill to have taken a photo like that." I said that more than once while viewing his show.
Collect says, "Shallenberger's photographs depict beautiful, and often barren, landscapes that are presented as segmented stills. His prints act as windows, enabling viewers to peer out into the environments that he has so carefully preserved - and even invites viewers to feel as though they are standing in a vast expanse of water, rocks, and trees."
Photo by Styrous®
The grand opening of Collect's two gallery spaces served food and drinks provided by B Restaurant and Lavende. It also featured an extremely talented cellist, Mejil Lonjua, playing on the sidewalk in front of the gallery. This was quite an event! Congratulations to Shallenberger and Collect.
Styrous® - September 7, 2009