Jo Whaley - Asterope
Jo Whaley
Asterope
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, edition of 15.
Jo Whaley - Automeris Randa
Jo Whaley
Automeris Randa
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 4/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Chelorrhina Polyphermus Confluens
Jo Whaley
Chelorrhina Polyphermus Confluens
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2005
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Chrysochroa Bugueti Rugicollio
Jo Whaley
Chrysochroa Bugueti Rugicollio
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
16 x 13 inches
Signed, titled, edition of 15.
Jo Whaley - Cithaerias Menander in Veins
Jo Whaley
Cithaerias Menander in Veins
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, edition of 15.
Jo Whaley - Colias Eurydice
Jo Whaley
Colias Eurydice
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
16 x 13 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Cross-Pollination
Jo Whaley
Cross-Pollination
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1992
30 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 1/10 on recto
Jo Whaley - Diastocera Wallichi
Jo Whaley
Diastocera Wallichi
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1999, Printed 2008
16 x 13 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Doxocopa Cherubina
Jo Whaley
Doxocopa Cherubina
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
16 x 13 inches
Jo Whaley - Dwelling of Dislocation
Jo Whaley
Dwelling of Dislocation
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1994
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 5/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Eacles Imperialis
Jo Whaley
Eacles Imperialis
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 4/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Heliconiidae: Heliconius
Jo Whaley
Heliconiidae: Heliconius
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 1/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - How Hydrangeas Turn Green
Jo Whaley
How Hydrangeas Turn Green
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1992
24 X 30 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/10 on mount verso
Jo Whaley - Iris Tropea Luna
Jo Whaley
Iris Tropea Luna
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1999
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 7/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Lucifer's Apprentice
Jo Whaley
Lucifer's Apprentice
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2002
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 3/15 on verso
Jo Whaley - Luna Light
Jo Whaley
Luna Light
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1999
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 9/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Lyropteryx Apollonia
Jo Whaley
Lyropteryx Apollonia
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
16 x 13 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Morpho Nercules Disdema: The Fragility of Hercules
Jo Whaley
Morpho Nercules Disdema: The Fragility of Hercules
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 X 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 4/15 on verso
Jo Whaley - Musical Mimicry, Idea Leuconoe
Jo Whaley
Musical Mimicry, Idea Leuconoe
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2003
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Narceus Americanus
Jo Whaley
Narceus Americanus
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2008
16 x 13 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Nymphalid
Jo Whaley
Nymphalid
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 4/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Ornithoptera Priamus, Sea Debris
Jo Whaley
Ornithoptera Priamus, Sea Debris
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2003
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 2/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Over Ripe Population
Jo Whaley
Over Ripe Population
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1994
20 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 10/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Rothschildia
Jo Whaley
Rothschildia
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2001
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 3/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Rubberloupe
Jo Whaley
Rubberloupe
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1992
24 X 30 inches
Signed, titled, and edition #4/10 on mount verso.
Jo Whaley - Saturniid
Jo Whaley
Saturniid
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2000
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 10/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Selected Writings
Jo Whaley
Selected Writings
Chromogenic Color Photograph
2003
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 1/15 on verso
Jo Whaley - Spheres of Influence
Jo Whaley
Spheres of Influence
Chromogenic Color Photograph
20 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 8/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - Suspension of Disbelief
Jo Whaley
Suspension of Disbelief
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1995
20 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 5/15 on recto
Jo Whaley - The Nuptials
Jo Whaley
The Nuptials
Chromogenic Color Photograph
1993
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, and edition # 7/15 on recto
Brian Riley - Stillness Series (23rd street flea market)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (23rd street flea market)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
37 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (A visit from Holden and Jodi)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (A visit from Holden and Jodi)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Adirondack still 1)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Adirondack still 1)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Adirondack still 2)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Adirondack still 2)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Charlene)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Charlene)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Cabinet of Curiosities

The photographic explorations of Jo Whaley and Brian Riley have many similarities in their careful, aesthetic celebration of phenomena from the natural world. Both photographers emphasize formal composition and use controlled studio lighting to create a near 3 dimensional luminosity in their work. It is little surprise that Whaley and Riley began their careers as painters. Significantly, they share a fascination with components from the natural world. Their individual selection and organization of imagery is reminiscent of 18th century cabinets of curiosities filled with specimens and visual strangeness. There is a marriage in both of their works between the keen penetrating vision of a scientist and the free ranging beauty and imagination of an artist. However, the specific elements from the world's they present, as well as their philosophic goals are very different. Jo Whaley writes, “My approach to photography is to take elements from nature and urban culture and to re-contextualize them on the proscenium stage of the still life.” She explains her interest in her subject, “My inspiration comes directly from my study of the insect world with its strategies of mimicry, camouflage, and metamorphosis. In an image if you can show that one object echoes another visually, then subconsciously the viewer equates the two in their mind, leading to new interpretations.” Whaley transforms the scientific world of the insects into artistic creations through a staging of her subjects, complete with a theatrical-like backdrop in which she sets her selections of insects (and other natural elements) against. She began her career by painting backdrops and sets for Ballets and Operas. She writes that, “Artifice and illusion are part of the theatrical tradition that fuses the imaginary with the real and I have incorporated this practice into photography.” Earlier works of Jo Whaley dealt with the themes of vanitas and nature (and human) mortality and impermanence. All life is fleeting, transformed and changed through the passing of time. Jo Whaley has exhibited in U.S., Europe and Japan for over 25 years. Many museums hold her work. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award. She is scheduled to open a one-person exhibit, “The Theater of Insects” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. She has just had a monograph of her work published by Chronicle Books.