Living Water

 Photography by Jeffrey Skinner


Show Dates / July 7th - August 20th, 2016
Opening Reception / Friday, July 15th, 2016, 6-9 PM
First Friday Trolley Hop / August 5th, 2016, 6-9 PM


Thales said, “Everything is water,” and the statement, though it appeared millennia ago, retains its mystery. The series 'Living Waters' investigates some of the myriad forms water may take, as well as some of the infinite variations within each of those forms. I also am interested in the series in the relationship of water “in the wild” to “domesticated” forms, such as swimming pools and man made fountains, and by implication, the wider relationship of humans to this life giving and fascinating substance.


The mystery of time is also folded into the work.  As in all photography, the series incorporates movement within a fraction of a second's exposure, thereby exploring the paradox that time is not only duration, but also location. Some contemporary scientists, in fact, assert that time is location only, and that there is no such phenomenon as duration.  And the Zen master Dogen (1200-1253) maintained that time doesn’t pass, or even move: “it stays right where it is.”  Living Water attempts to embody some of the deep mystery held in the suspension of time and water.


--Jeffrey Skinner



Read more in the Courier Journal here:


July, 2016



When I said I fell into the sea, sea said

One falls against one’s shore.  Everybody’s water,

Everything’s flesh a little wind can lift.

—Kathleen Pierce



Ulysses Grant (his last word)


The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.

Isak Dinesen


Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

Lao Tzu


Well, Art is Art, isn't it?  Still, on the other hand, water is water.  And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.  Now you tell me what you know.

Groucho Marx


______________________IN THE NEWS____________________

"Can't Take My Eyes Off It" an oil painting by Pyro member Shawn Marshall, was selected for the 27th International Juried Exhibition at Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea, New York, New York. The show was curated by 

Tumelo Mosaka, Independent Curator, formerly Curator at Krannert Art Museum and Associate Curator at the Brooklyn Museum . The show will run June 28-July 16 with an opening reception June 30 from 6-8pm. Her website is