Seeing In Tempo,
intriguing perspectives of landscape by playwright, book author, and
photographer Calvin Ramsey will be exhibited in his first U. S.
showing with the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street.
Opening on Thursday, July 1, the work will remain on view through
July 30, 2021.
Ramsey says photography
forces him to see and endow ordinary things with a rhythm, tempo,
and purpose. This body of landscape photos shot from the
windows of trains moving across the country and Ramsey’s sojourns
walking in wanderlust on New York’s Upper East Side coerce one to
look at landscapes in a unique way…echoing passage of time. In
2004 while traveling from Atlanta to Valdez, Alaska, through the
camera’s eye, Ramsey conceived of landscape not unlike independent
film stills intuitively captured while speedily passing. The
intermedia of non-representational language with visual elements
fascinates as visual poetry.
Here, each of Ramsey’s
photographs is as a time capsule with viewer mesmerized by image and
tempo of the train wheels revolution or urban pattern repetition.
Ramsey’s images whether patterns of nature or man convey an
impressive sense of fleetingness as in essence of time.
Ramsey’s images are not merely digital color photographs but
triggers of psyche recognitions. Tempo abides the viewer in the
visual sweep of each image as stimuli probing consciousness in which
liaison form with remembrance or foretelling.
Ramsey is known more as a
playwright and book author, having written and produced the musical
Bricktop and Ruth and The Green Book, the picture book
inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film, The Green Book.
In 2004 along his creative path traveling from Atlanta to Valdez,
Alaska for the Edward Albee Theater Conference (The Last Frontier
Theater Conference) the concept for this body of landscape images
“To see with my own
rhythm, tempo and purpose is the firm ground that holds me. My
'dream voice' becomes louder and more visible the more I create
through my plays, books, and photography. We all have this
living creative muscle within us."
Ramsey was born in
Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Roxboro, North Carolina.
Having lived in Atlanta, Georgia, Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Santa Monica, California, Oaks
Bluff, Massachusetts, Saint Croix, and Saint John U.S. Virgin
Islands, he now divides his time between New York City and Sarasota,
Florida. Ramsey studied at UCLA.
Ramsey’s photographs have
been exhibited in the U.S. Virgin Islands and are included in
private collections in the United States. Throughout the
varied sequences in his career, Ramsey received the Jane Adams award
for Ruth, The Green Book, and Belle, The Last Mule at Gees
Bend, the Bank Street College Best Book award, Texas Blue Bonnet
Award, Forward Magazine Best Book award, ALA Notable Book award, and
the Star Review School Library Journal Award. Ramsey was a
recipient of the distinguished Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum
Major for Justice Award. Ramsey is a member of the National
Arts Club, New York, Sons of The American Revolution, and a former
Trustee at the Bronx Museum of Art, New York.