'Coastlands' opens Saturday at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week on Thursday at The Longyear Gallery is “Coastlands,” featuring the photographs of one of Longyear Gallery’s founding members, David Leveson, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 3-6 p.m.

“Coastlands” presents David Leveson’s photographs of the beaches, marshes, and dunes of Cape Cod, largely deserted in late autumn.

According to the photographer, “they have a loneliness and sense of space that impinge sharply on perception, and Province Lands, at the tip of the Cape, smacks of the edge of the world, of the ends of things.” Leveson’s many years of teaching geology (1960-2007) at Brooklyn College, CUNY, are reflected in his vision of Mid-Cape Mayflower Beach, where, he says, “trapped linearly between wave-carved bluffs and open sea, harsh geometries shift and churn beneath erratic on-shore gusts and impossibly bright, salty colors blanket the water and sky, vibrate within tidal pools, and ripple across evanescent tidal inlets and lagoons.” 

According to Leveson, “vistas open out, and beneath lowering clouds, the slant of late afternoon sun punches its way across vast meadows of salt marsh grass and sculpted sand briefly memorializes the most recent tidal incursion.”

In attempting to capture Cape Cod’s constant flux in his new photographs, Leveson says he “hopes to bring the viewer to the intersection of what has just become and what lies poised to replace it.”  
David Leveson studied photography with Albert Freed at the Educational Alliance in New York City, and Robert B. Cowan, whose works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

His early photographs were black and white darkroom prints and also color slides. For the last 10 years he has worked with digital images, both newly shot using a Nikon D-90 and digitized versions of earlier color slides and black and white negatives, which he prints himself.

Leveson’s photos have been shown in one-person shows at Longyear Gallery, 2009 and The Old Bank Gallery, Roxbury Arts Group, 2011, as well as in group shows at Blue Mountain Gallery in Manhattan in 2006 and 2010. His book of essays and photographs, A Sense of the Earth, published by Natural History Press in 1971, was a finalist for a National Book Award - Science Category in 1972.
David Leveson’s show “Coastlands” and the Longyear Gallery artists’ group show is open from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 24. Longyear Gallery is located Upstairs at The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., holiday Mondays, and by appointment. For information, please call 586-3270 during gallery hours and 607 326-4402 for appointments.