Steve Kiser produces beautiful Black and White photographic images with a wellthough out poetic edge.
Dorothy Burkhard, Mercury News
A spire of light on a furrowed dune, a bird-like mark in the sand or a small boulderon the salt plan flats, these surely reproduce the facts of Death Valley. But SteveKiser’s prints, reality regresses to abstraction as emphasis on lines, heightened thetones, textures and informed lighting makes the structure of his subject morenoticeable and interesting than the subjects themselves.
Caroline Hadely, Nevada Magazine
Steve Kiser draws imagery from the fragile junction in nature where abstraction andfiguration fuse, yet still retain their individuality. The selection of Kiser’sphotographs provides a five-year overview of his development. “Kelso” demonstrates his interest in the textures of nature; the figure meditates on a ripple,sandy plain, still an entity separate from its environment. In later works, like“Eureak Valley #1 and #2”, Kiser has narrowed his range to sinuous striations ofrock, which have a sensuous, humanized presence. “Fort Churchill #2”, focusing onthe muscular, sinewy curves of a cliff rim, demonstrates a masterful use of light toenhance the photographer’s figural vision.Whether memorizing oceans of sand or a small portion of a wall, Kiser sometimesviews his subjects from a more abstract and painterly perspective.
Man and nature has a unique way of continually changing the environment. Manput up objects, pave roads with white lines down the middle, paints graffiti, patchmistakes, build monuments and then allow nature to take over and create an everchanging environment through mans own neglect. This is where Steve Kiser enters the scene. He has a way to focus on small selectedareas to create new abstract images with his detailed approach to light and texture. I find it amazing that what he sees in tiny, complex portions of ongoing decay withinour landscape. His abstract image allows unique interpretation and poetry that wehave the pleasure to view up close.
Jessica Jacobs, Word Works Inc. San Jose
When I look at Steve Kiser’s silver gelatin high key prints, they look like delicate,subtle graphite drawings forcing me to keep looking at them and exploring how thiswas done photographically. Interesting, he doesn’t give away that the images arefrom nature but could be from anything.
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