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Situated in the Hudson Valley New York, photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood reframes segments of nature’s various elements, air, ice, and water, from her surroundings along the Hudson River, into perspective bending abstract photographs with painterly expression. Just like her predecessors of The Hudson River School, the romantic landscape of the Hudson offers Blackwood a plethora of color and activity from the splendor of seasonal changes. Blackwood documents such ephemeral moments by creating ambiguous fragments of vivid color fields, geometric abstractions, and flattened motifs, capturing great detail within the elements that would otherwise remain unnoticed. 

“Carolyn Marks Blackwood is a modern day artist for whom the Hudson River is also an unfailing muse. Consumed by her daily photographic study of the water over which her studio is perched—as well as the sky that hovers above it—Blackwood’s images are not the romantic vistas of her predecessors, but almost their opposite: focused close-ups that capture the river’s power through the drama of detail. Instead of coalescing several scenes into one, her photographs are a celebration of the variation a single geographic location can elicit through the constantly changing conditions of wind, light, day, night, temperature and tide.”

—Excerpt from the essay Elements of Place by Carol Diehl


Carolyn Marks Blackwood Biography

Born in Anchorage, Alaska

Lives and works in New York, NY

Carolyn Marks Blackwood Education

BS, Livingston College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Solo Exhibitions

2022 "Water Water Everywhere", Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2021 "The Story Series",  Cuenca, Spain

2020 "The Story Series",  Casa Zavala, Alecante, Spain

2019 "The Story Series", Blanca Berlin Galeria, Madrid, Spain

2019 "The Story Series", Colección Roberto Polo, Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo Spain

2018 The Story Series, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2017 Carolyn Marks Blackwood I The Story Series, Roberto Polo Gallery , Brussels Belgium

2015 On the Edge, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Adrift, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2014 The Elements of Place, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

2013 Solid, Liquid, Gas, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY       

2013 Strange Beauty, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

2011 The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Let it Be in Sight of Thee, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY

2007 On the River, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Group Exhibitions

2019 The Color of Light, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC, NY

2019 Does Not Reproduce, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Hudson Athens Light, Curated by Richard Roth, Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY

2017 The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Water, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Non-Objectif Sud, Inc., curated by Julie Ryan,Tulette, France          

2016 That Old School Dystopia, Curated Wendy Cooper, Theodore Art, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Primary Forces, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Elemental Perspectives: Land, Sea and Sky, Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.

2016 Here and Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
2013 The AIPAD photography show, Alan Klotz Gallery
2013 “On Time and Place” Traveling show celebrating 50 years of Scenic Hudson
2013 The Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY
2013 The Fred J. Johnston Museum, Kingston NY
2013 The River Center, Beacon, NY July
2013 The Nyack Library, Nyack, NY July
2013 The Hudson River Museum Yonkers, NY Sept
2013 Grand Central Station New York, NY
2013 Olana, Hudson, NY
2013 Urbanism The Carrie Haddad Gallery. April
2012 The AIPAD photography show, Alan Klotz Gallery
2011 Hudson River Contemporary, Boscobel, Cold Spring, NY
2011 APAID Photography Show at the Park Ave Armory, Alan Klotz Gallery.
2010 MADRIDFOTO, Alan Klotz Gallery, May
2010 AIPAD Photography Show, New York, Alan Klotz Gallery
2009 Winter Sale, Alan Klotz Gallery 
2009 Art for Animals exhibition and Auction,Spencertown Academy Arts Center
2009 Seeing the Hudson, Alan Klotz Gallery 
2009 Cosa Nostra, Alan Klotz Gallery
2009 AIPAD Photography Show, New York, Alan Klotz Gallery 
2008 A Winter’s Bounty, The Alan Klotz Gallery
2008 Reflected Light, Art Auction for the Benefit of The RiverKeeper at IAC
2008 Photographic Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Cohan and Leslie
2007 The Magic Hour, Paul Rodgers 9W Gallery
2007 The Art Show, The Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff, N.Y.

Carolyn Marks Blackwood Selected Public Collections

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY


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