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Press Release

Galerie Karsten Greve is delighted to present This Shimmering World, the new solo exhibition by the American photographer Thomas Brummett, who will unveil selections from his series RIVER and HALOS. Like the rest of his oeuvre, they are part of his vast project, Rethinking the Natural, which he defines himself as “the project of a lifetime”. Immanence and meditative observations shape the genesis of his approach, which celebrates nature in all its forms and tackles the themes of the infinite and the divine.

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I’ve always worked with mining the territory in between drawing and photography. I have over the years repeatedly worked with the idea of the viewer changing their perception the closer they get to my images.

From a distance this work seems like one thing, but as you get closer the visual codes change

to black ink-like Sumi gestures and barren burned out trees. This duality of line and photographic subject is one of the mysterious things photography can achieve which (for me) no other art form can match. In some of these works the river reflections are acting as a type of “Looking Glass” into our possible future.”
Frame study and detail for River Diptych #7 (For Hokusai) which will be in my solo exhibition at Galerie Karsten Greve / Paris titled “This Shimmering World”, in conjunction with Paris Photo.

From the Halos Series included in This Shimmering World

With the Halos series I have tried to document what the world would look like if we could just have the sensory tools to experience it. We are surrounded by starlight and rainbows every moment. We just can’t see them. These are simply records of refracted light. What would normally be a photographic mistake or defect of the lens. In my world it’s a miracle just waiting for all of us…

Halos # 5
Halos #13 (Ascension) For the Fallen….

How to Collect Art

June 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Collect what you love and artists that you admire and want to support. Educate yourself so you know at least the bare minimum of what has been produced in the history of art so you know your not buying a copycat art (and quite possibly worthless).

I collect works that move me and from artists I respect and admire. The works also have what I call the “onion effect” which is the more you look, the more layers of meaning present themselves – (as if you are peeling an onion one layer of skin at time).

This is how I make images and this is how I collect but if I did not have years and years of education in the arts I would work with either a collector or a reputable gallery with years and years of experience.  They will save you a small fortune.

If you want to play with the big boys and girls how do you know if a gallery is good and established? Start with ArtNet which is THE site for the art establishment. If you are not on Artnet as a gallery or artist then you are probably not being collected or selling much collectable work. It is the only art world that matters and the only site you can not just “sign up” – and it’s a very small club whether we like it or not. Each major city in the world only has a few of these gallery’s in it. It’s where I go to find new galleries to sell my work and to look at artists and see what their work is going for.

The last place to learn is the major art fairs like Art Basel etc and satellite fairs that follow them. Here is where you can really see what is what. But again there is a ton of junk even at the highest levels. Once you develop an educated eye you can detect it. Until then find an expert and collect artists actually being collected by museums.