For Immediate Release  Contact: Jennifer Wood-Patrick
August 30, 2004  Gallery AA/B – Art Advisory/Boston
(617) 574-0022 /


Gallery AA/B Announces Exhibition - Recent Photographs and Paintings by Steven Sternbach and Renia Platt

When time passes, what does it look like? For Steven Sternbach photography helps answer that question. We usually think a photograph captures a moment in time, snatching it from its context, the camera’s normal shutter speeds being 1/60 to 1/250 of a second. But what happens when an entire second, minute or five minutes are recorded on one frame of film? This query is evident in the two series Sternbach is showing at Gallery AA/B, Night images of Boston scenes and selections from a series of Gorges from across New England.

Using slow shutter speeds, Sternbach experiments with low-light, nature photography and/or the effects of moving water. At night or twilight, he lets light accumulate on the film from a fading sun, street lights, traffic and their reflections off water or snow, sometimes augmenting it with a mag-lite or flash.

Sternbach is fascinated by the effects on film of rapidly moving water—cascades, mountain streams, watery shores -

during long exposures. The juxtaposition of rocks and water create an interplay between stasis and movement that accentuates the latter. The effect of long exposures is frequently other-worldly and surreal, and allows the element of surprise to affect the artist’s visual explorations and results.

Photographers William Henry Jackson, Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Mary Kocol and surrealist Jerry Uelsmann, have all provided inspiration to Sternbach in terms of the kind of image, beauty and perfection of their work. He has studied throughout Boston at MassArt, AIB, Emerson College and earned his degree at City University of New York. Exhibitions of Sternbach’s work have been held locally at the BPL and Hess Gallery among others, as well as shows in Nagoya, Japan and Honolulu Academy of Art. His works are held in numerous private and corporate collections nationwide.

Renia Platt creates evocative expressions of atmosphere and mood within intimate spaces, using simplified shapes and intense color. Her choice of media is watercolor and pastel on paper. Often painting in series, Platt explores different aspects of each subject with successive paintings. On exhibit at Gallery AA/B is the Chair Series which utilizes simple settings to suggest conversations or relationships, seen or unseen. Varied and animated chairs are painted against muted backgrounds, creating an atmosphere of mystery and ambiguity.

It is clear that Platt responds to the interplay of light with color. The luminosity of the paints, the range of color intensities and the infinite ways to use the pigments inspire her. The challenge, Platt feels, "is to express the feeling of the subject with color and shape to engage my audience with what I made rather than what I saw. My (her) goal is to paint images to express sensations or thoughts."

Ms. Platt has exhibited her work frequently since 1996 throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including shows at the RI and N.E. Watercolor Societies and Radcliffe College, among others. In 2002 she earned the First Prize / Findley Memorial Award at the RI Watercolor Society 9th Annual National Show. Her works are held in private collections in the US and Europe. Both Sternbach and Platt are concerned with the affects of light on color and form in captivating variations.

The exhibition will be up September 9 – October 23, with an Opening Reception Sept. 17, 6-8 PM. Annual Open Studios are Sept. 18 & 19,  11 AM – 6 PM both days. Regular hours are Thurs. through Sat., 12 PM – 5 PM and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 535 Albany Street, Suite 3B, Boston.  For more information please call Gallery AA/B at (617) 574- 0022 or visit

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