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99.09.18 #11, from the series "Ocean Details"

99.09.18 #11, from the series "Ocean Details"

permission letter signed by the Gallery BMG, 6/28/2008, returned to Pat Woods

99.09.18 #11, from the series "Ocean Details"

Date: 1999

Artist: Joni Sternbach, American, born 1953

Medium: platinum/palladium print
image (irregular): 4 11/16 x 6 3/4 in. (11.9 x 17.1 cm)
sheet (irregular): 9 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (24.8 x 29.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 90:2004
Place made:United States, New York
Place depicted:United States, New York, Long Island Sound
Classification: PHOTOGRAPHS
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:The vast sea appears small in scale in this image taken off of Long Island Sound. The shore and horizon line are not visible, allowing the surface of the water to fill the entire composition. We are left to meditate on the textural patterns created by the interplay of light and shadow on the cresting and falling waves. These patterns are softly rendered in platinum photographic emulsion that has been hand-brushed onto watercolor paper.

According to Joni Sternbach, the work is as much about the process of making as it is about the end result. "I am often compelled to photograph in adverse weather conditions, eradicating most of the typical seascape information, leaving either faint echoes of memory or turbulent disturbances of emotion."
Provenance1999 - 2004
Joni Sternbach, Brooklyn, NY

2004 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the artist [1]

[1] Deed of Gift dated December 24, 2004 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 8, 2005.
Exhibition History
Title: Joni Sternbach
Date: 2004
Venue: East Gallery

Title: Two Bodies, Six Hands
Venue: Artfit Exhibition Space

Title: Recent Landscape Photography: The Intimate and the Sublime
Date: May 26, 2006–September 17, 2006
Venue: SLAM

In Collection(s)
© Joni Sternbach