Los Angeles

Emerald Merrill

The Emerson Gallery

Issuing photographs in limited numbers, matless on substantial mounts for wall hanging, Merrill is utilizing techniques which successfully present his work. His major set, a back-lit, out of focus study of a lithe and languorous nude, is his most original and outstanding sequence. Entirely controlled in the camera work, particularly evocative are the seated and turning poses in which the soft focus light reorganizes the recognizable into a series of fresh forms. Though more conventional, three studies of Edmund Teske strike a balance between character analysis, textural qualities and a dramatic lighting situation. Dance motions and lacerated poster examinations, while covering familiar material, are completely realized and further do credit to Merrill’s professionalism.

Fidel A. Danieli