Mark Osterman: Confidence

South Gallery

February 6 - March 13, 2004

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Secondary Adjustment , 2003
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Paper Wasp Extraction, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Pulling Stops, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Static Eradicator, 2003
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Ballyhoo, 2003
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Night Show, 2003
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Artifacts, 2004
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Blowing Smoke, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Primary Instrument, 2003
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Retrograde, 2000
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Nostrum Maker, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Lifeline -- Engaged, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Turning The Tip, 2004
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Mark Osterman Confidence Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Catching Blanks II, 2001
10 X 8 inches
Unique ambrotype on ruby glass

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery presents an exhibition of images by Mark Osterman.  Drawing on twenty years experience in a traveling medicine show, Osterman created a series of ambrotypes that celebrate his stage performances as whimsical records on glass. Ghost-like figures step out from the edges of darkness as a personal memory, witnessed from the performer’s point of view.  The images in this body of work relate to a 1920-style medicine show Osterman created and performed for twenty years in Eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.  As the fast-talking pitchman, “Dr. Bumstead,” he sang and played the banjo, caught bullets with his teeth and sold snake oil from a folding stage he built onto the back of a 1919 Model T Ford.