QUIETUDES { 41 images } Created 12 Nov 2009

QUIÉTUDES is an on-going project.
Here is what Marianne Eggler, art historian and lecturer, has written about it.


Capturing elusive visual episodes glimpsed from the corner of the mind's eye, J.F. Vergel's photographic oeuvre conjures up the pure rapture of phenomenal events beyond fixed perception or rational cognition. In his new series of large-scale, black-and-white photographs, shifting form and dreamlike content engage with compositional format in presentations ranging from crisp chiaroscuro to a point of near abstraction. What seems far away in time and place but which could, perhaps, be just around the corner suggests intriguing associations - the here and now in dialogue with the not quite forgotten. The result is an exquisite body of work reveling in the fierce poetry of the moment somehow too quickly passed; like memento mori for the twenty-first century, Vergel's photographs put forth a glimmering state of melancholy beauty, which haunts the viewer long after the fact.


Art, architecture and design historian and educator.
Currently an Adjunct Lecturer at C.U.N.Y. John Jay College and Parsons The New School of Design and a gallery lecturer at The Museum of Modern Art, Ms. Eggler has lectured extensively on art and design in the academic and museum contexts, and served as professor of design history at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College. She has presented papers at numerous conferences, including CAA, the Newport Symposium, and the Dorich House Annual Conference in the U.K.

The images are 11"x17".
Digital C-prints on 16"x20" Matte paper.
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