The Temple Gallery (which is managed by Etherton Gallery), is pleased to announce our first exhibition of the 2007-2008 season, Cy Lehrer: A Retrospective, an exhibition highlighting four decades of work by Tucson photographer Cy Lehrer. The exhibition will feature selections from several different projects, including In Shadows Ancient, Impermanence and Immortality and Urban and Suburban Landscapes. An opening reception will be held on September 14th.
Lehrer’s work evinces a strong sense of sympathy for the fragility of man and the folly of man’s quest for immortality. He has employed photography as a vehicle to explore “different aspects of the human condition,” perhaps as a way to concretize his own way of viewing the world. In the process, he has produced a meticulous, thoughtful and diverse body of work.
Lehrer has traveled all over the globe from China and Israel to Utah and the Midwest; mining universal themes such as the transience of man-made monuments as well as nature; and the inexorability of disintegration, disuse and decay.
What is unique about Lehrer’s approach is the breadth of his vision. He investigates a single theme by slicing across a wide range of subject matter rather than exhausting a single avenue for absolute truth. Thus, he approaches the notion of impermanence through an investigation of the old industrial towns of the Midwest in the series, Great Plains: the Vast, the Diminished Land; the demise of Route 66 in Bypassed Places: Route 66; and the way in which ancient monumental ruins have surrendered their glory to everyday life in the series In Shadows Ancient. Lehrer transports his audience across different worlds in time and place. And consequently, fascinated and moved by his experiences, we become more intensely aware of our own place in the world.
Cy Lehrer is available for interviews upon request. Please contact Etherton Gallery (which manages the Temple Gallery) at 520-624-7370 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview or for more information about the artist or his work.