Balance is the theme of the 2017 Twelve exhibit, Viewpoint Gallery’s annual December juried show. In life, balance is the oft sought equilibrium of daily activities from menu planning, exercise, speaker output, tire maintenance, and checkbooks. It is the obviously necessary skill of the tight rope walker, bicyclist, ballet dancer and bowler at the line. As a principle of art and design, balance describes compositional arrangement such as symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial, but in broader understanding, artistic balance indicates the totality of elements working together for meaning and visual impact. Balance itself can be symbolized simply by the placement of the horizon line or by the dramatic tilt of mast and sail against the wind. Balance is in the internal tug of subjects vying for attention within the frame or the quiet push of opposing space or textures. Within the craft of photography balance is tonal range, contrast, and color corrected to match expectation. Yet while balance comforts in its seeming correctness and familiarity, perhaps art is most interesting just at the edge of being out of whack. The principle of balance is open for your photographic interpretation. Any subject and photographic approach is invited for this juried exhibit.
Jane Edberg uses both analog and digital cameras to produce her artworks. Her photography frequently combines images with text. Although Edberg's main media is photography combined with writing, she often incorporates painting, sculpting and mixed media into her artwork. She has also made videos, films, composed music, choreographed dance performances, danced and directed major art performance venues. Edberg’s range of artistic interests and appreciation makes her well suited for judging the work submitted for Twelve: Balance. Jane earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Art, Photography and Painting and her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography and Performance Art from the University of California at Davis. She is currently a Professor of Art at Gavilan College. She teaches Art Appreciation, Design and both digital and analog photography. Her current project is a photo illustrated memoir called “The Fine Art of Grieving”.