Two From the North Shore | Odd Bits
Photographers Sally Gregg and Michael McKeen
Opening Recpetion Saturday November 30, 2019
continuing through December 22, 2019
Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
@ 19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA

The photographer’s eye is always searching. It seeks the unusual and captures the unexpected in the most — or the least — distinctive of places. Odd Bits is how photographers Sally Gregg and Michael McKeen term the selection of poetic images they’ve culled from years of searching the world around them. I asked each to comment on their works. Here are their words:

Odd Bits —suggestions, reflections, questions;
states of mind/states of place
the state of affairs that is the case.
What is up, down?
What is a photograph?
Black or white or color?
Thicket — tangles, snarls,
energy vectors, life force,
inversions into cyanotype
Ocean — stillness, quiet, calm;
frothiness and swells;
black, white, and gray;
Transit — motion, blur, fog, and color
                                          — Sally Gregg

A collection of pictures that are betwixt and between.
A collection of pictures that have been made here and there.
A collection of pictures in which the world presents itself as familiar and strange.
A collection of pictures that explore photography as a medium.
Pictures of city streets, street signage, shop windows, torn posters, graffiti, skies, and landscapes.
                                        —  Michael McKeen

Sally Gregg studied at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine; and Empire State College, Rochester, New York receiving a BA in Philosophy and Photography.  Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at WGBH Atrium Gallery, Boston MA; The Dean’s Gallery, Sloan School, MIT, Cambridge MA; and The Beacon Group, Boston MA. Gregg has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. Her photography is held in the permanent collection at Simmons College, Boston MA and in private collections in New England, Oregon and California.  In addition to photographic prints, Gregg self-published 20 books between 2005-2019. Currently, she lives and works on the North Shore on Cape Ann.

Michael McKeen holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern Maine, Portland Maine and an MA in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts.  He studied at the Workshop Program in Photography and Video at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.  Select solo and group exhibitions include Trustman Art Gallery, Boston MA; Columbia College, Chicago IL; Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY; and Gallery 263, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His photographic works and photography books are in public and private collections.  The artist lives and works on the North Shore on Cape Ann.