The Intimacy of Distance: Explorations of the Figure/Ground

10 September - 29 October 2022

Organized by Lawrence Gipe and Douglas Marshall

Marshall Gallery is pleased to present an expansive group exhibition for the launch of the fall art season. The gallery will host an opening reception with a curator’s tour on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 am.

Several of the exhibiting artists will be present at the opening date to discuss their work with guests. An exhibition catalog will also be available along with a bookshop of publications by the exhibiting artists. Scroll down to read more about the exhibition and to see a preview of works included.

Press release

The Intimacy of Distance | Explorations of the Figure/Ground is an exhibition addressing one of the quintessential relationships in representational art: the frisson and distance between the human subject and the field. Organizers Lawrence Gipe and Douglas Marshall have gathered a diverse group of seventeen artists that use photography and photo-derived processes to explore this trope, creating a conversation amongst artists that are quite divergent in vision, context and methodology.


The trajectory of the exhibition examines the myriad psychological effects produced by the figure/ground relationship. The work featured surveys a wide swath of conceptual terrain, touching on issues such as Colonialism, the Anthropocene and the Sublime, and surveillance. The human element in the composition can be intimately close or cropped, veiled, or too distant to identify – the latter being a reflection on the deferential position Humanity faces in the vastness of Nature.


Sama Alshaibi
Albarrán Cabrera
Johnnie Chatman
Jeffrey Conley
Eileen Cowin
John Divola
John Brinton Hogan
Richard Learoyd
Rania Matar

Ryan McIntosh
Mark McKnight

Liz Miller-Kovacs
Liza Ryan

Bryan Schutmaat
Donavon Smallwood
Judith Stenneken

Alex Turner