The Gallery at Chapin will feature a photography exhibition of Charles Gross in an exhibit entitled “Sand and Water,” from Oct. 3 to Oct. 28. A reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Charles Gross, a neuroscientist, studied a great deal abroad, visiting many European countries while attending international neuroscience meetings. “Visually, these countries were rather familiar from centuries of their depiction in painting,” said Gross.
But he found when he started traveling to more exotic places like Morocco, India, China and Papua New Guinea, he said, “they yielded a whole new set of visual palettes and experiences, rarely depicted in paintings familiar to me and certainly never in local postcards.” He said he wanted to share what he was seeing and decided to take up photography.
Gross began his serious photography in China, where he was heavily influenced by Chinese landscape paintings and the great photographers of China such as Henri Carter-Bresson, Hiroji Kubota and Marc Riboud. “During my ten trips to China I usually gave a lecture or a course of lectures on visual neuroscience and then traveled around the country for weeks at a time taking pictures and sampling the infinite cuisines of China," he said. "Many of the pictures in this show are from such trips. I love photographing people, places and special people in special places.” In this show, he has selected pictures of water and of sand, sometimes with people, often without.
Gross received a B.A. in biology from Harvard University and his Ph.D in psychology from Cambridge University. He has taught at M.I.T., Harvard and Princeton University and has had visiting appointments at many visiting appointments. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Most of his academic research has concerned the role of the brain in vision. Gross recently had an exhibition of photographs of the Delaware and Raritan Canal at the Catskill Center for Photography in Woodstock, N.Y.
In addition to the artists’ reception, the exhbit can be viewed by appointment during school hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. The Chapin School is located at 4101Princeton Pike, Princeton. To make an appointment to visit the gallery, please call 609-924-7206.