Published by Safe-T-Gallery Inc.
Don Burmeister: Owner/Editor
Barbara Confino: Associate Editor
One needs to decide whether to read the artist’s statement before or after viewing the works on display. In the case of Maureen Drennan’s selections from her Meet Me in the Green Glen series at the Wild Gallery, I’d suggest absorbing the seven photos first. They mix documentation with atmosphere to create a mainly quiet, relaxed mood. A man lying in bed, a dog seen through a screen, a gate with no associated fence, these images start off the exhibit. It is only in the image of Adam that the viewer realizes that it is marijuana that is being grown in the glen, and a bit of tension enters the next two images (Searching and Jake). The last image is somewhat homey - weighing some of the crop (which looked more like broccoli than herb) in a cardboard pastry box on a kitchen scale.
Reading the Artist’s Statement, one learns that the series is about Ben, a somewhat reclusive marijuana farmer in northern California who looks like a bearded Robert Duval. While legally grown within strict guidelines, Maureen notes that “it is not culturally acceptable” despite being a large part of the local economy. Her photos are not so much about growing pot as they are about Ben’s experience and their relationship. As with many series, it is a small segment of an ongoing work. Interested viewers can see more of these images at her website. While I might have substituted some pictures for others, the sequence at the gallery tells the story well.
As the Wild Project is primarily a theater venue with the gallery in the lobby, viewing times are by appointment or during evening performances.