Transitional Landscapes with Juror Natasha Egan

May 6 - June 10, 2016

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Index
Norvestfjord No. 2
Adriene Hughes
Juror's Award
Artist's Website
Index
Vivid. Beirut, Lebanon, 2014
Manal Abu-Shaheen
Artist's Website
Index
Winter Wonder
Kalee Appleton
Artist's Website
Index
Youth Abandoned
Bailey Dale
Artist's Website
Index
Stars 9, 2015
Ellie Davies
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled
Anastasia Davis
Artist's Website
Index
Fallen Cedar Tree, Mouth of Blue Run
Benjamin Dimmitt
Artist's Website
Index
Great North American Landscapes Vol. 3 No. 10
Carolyn Doucette
Artist's Website
Index
Toe of the Titan
Carol Erb
Artist's Website
Index
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Jeff Evans
Artist's Website
Index
Battlefield (after Fenton)
Todd Forsgren
Artist's Website
Index
Entry
Lewis Francis
Artist's Website
Index
Mountain Forest
Dana Fritz
Artist's Website
Index
Parcel-083-141-043
Richard Gilles
Artist's Website
Index
Somewhere in Another World
J. M. Golding
Artist's Website
Index
Forgotten No. 2
George Grubb
Artist's Website
Index
Brough
Verity Harr
Artist's Website
Index
Perfect Day
Sharon Lee Hart
Artist's Website
Index
Warm Breezes Near the Second Closest Lake.
Lori Hepner
Artist's Website
Index
Incident, Ground Waters Series
Liz Hickok
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
The Delta Fighter
Tanya Houghton
Artist's Website
Index
Inversion
Ellen Jantzen
Artist's Website
Index
Approaching Inferno
Daniel Joder
Artist's Website
Index
Rope View, Borneo
Sharon Johnson-Tennant
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled No. 14
Yoichi Kawamura
Index
Wondrous
Sandra Klein
Artist's Website
Index
Black Canyon of the Gunnison...
David Kressler
Artist's Website
Index
Passage V
Sam Krisch
Artist's Website
Index
West Palm Beach, FL
Eric Kunsman
Artist's Website
Index
Elevation II
Sage Lewis
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Abandoned Corral, Wyoming/Montana Border
Andrew Liccardo
Index
Yosemite No. 2
Tom Lindboe
Artist's Website
Index
Akumal
Jesse Mechling
Artist's Website
Index
Claustra VI, Zakarias Dam, Norway
Carsten Meier
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Quantum Ellipses
Lynette Miller
Artist's Website
Index
Node
Christopher Nickel
Artist's Website
Index
Steel Cage and Saguaros, 2011
Jeff Phillips
Artist's Website
Index
Charred Slopes, Noradrenergic Pass
Julie Sims
Juror's Honorable Mention, Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Flatpack Camper
Srinivas Surti
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Dust Storm, Near Tucson, AZ
Keith Taylor
Artist's Website
Index
Property Lines
Kathleen Taylor
Index
Gravel Hill 3
Kathleen Taylor
Director's Honorable Mention
Index
Mountains + Valleys (Canyonlands No. 1)
Millee Tibbs
Artist's Website
Index
Landscape Photographer
Benjamin Timpson
Artist's Website
Index
Mount Cannon Mists 01
Tom Turner
Artist's Website
Index
Houseraising, Union Beach
Ira Wagner
Artist's Website
Index
December 3, 1964 [Joachim Mehr]
Terri Warpinski
Director's Award
Artist's Website
Index
New XiHu (West Lake)
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Artist's Website
Index
Melt N45 E45-2
DM Witman
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled (Tatry)
Gabriele Woolever

Transitional Landscapes

 

Transitional Landscapes

Few themes have inspired artists more than the dialectical relationship between nature and man. In Western art since the late eighteenth century, the romantic notion of the sublime competes for space with the spirit of human endeavor. On one hand, humans are weak and in awe before the power of nature, and on the other, they are energetic and domineering builders and settlers. All of the photographs in this exhibition seem to assert the human hand into the landscape through either conceptual awareness or peripheral physical evidence. Pictures of dams, electric poles, cellular towers, and piles of man-made debris are juxtaposed with images of the ocean, dessert, mountains, and forest, though often revealing human intervention. For example, in Gabriele Woolever’s dramatic image of snowcapped mountains there are cables eerily emerging from the clouds; or in Carol Erb’s Toe of the Titan, hiking trails are featured leading to the grand rock formations in the distance; and Jeff Phillip’s photograph depicts multiple wooden braces supporting a cluster of ancient saguaros protected behind a chain fence.

The title of the exhibition, Transitional Landscapes, is directly taken from J.M. Golding’s project investigating how our eyes transition across a scene constantly shifting from one perspective to another. In her photograph we see multiple versions of a similar landscape in grey-scale overlapping each other. Perspective is also important in David Kressler’s photograph, Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Montrose, Colorado. Such as in many spectacular sights, like the Grand Canyon, viewing platforms are built for tourists to experience a particular view of nature. These constructed views are created for safety and preservation, but they also force tourists to have a common experience and photograph nature’s wonders from the same vantage point. What makes David Kressler’s image unique is that he has chosen to make the guard rail of the viewing platform the main subject of the picture instead of the impressive awe-striking canyon we are meant to be viewing. A flattening of perspective is utilized by Dana Fritz to make the narrow vertical landscape photograph Mountain Forest referencing historical Chinese painting. The Chinese term for landscape is made of two characters, mountain and water, and is linked with the philosophy of Daoism which embraces harmony with the natural world.

Other artists featured in this exhibition construct or manipulate the physical photographic object to create their landscape. Millee Tibbs and Tanya Houghton both fold their landscape photographs, one following origami-like folds and the other creating paper airplane and then displaying the work unfolded embracing the interactions of the fold lines and the image to explore cartography and mapping human journeys.

Several artists explore the ideas of the picturesque as a form of visual consumption. In Srinivas Surti’s Flatback Camper from their series Cracks on Modern Transparencies a faded once-picturesque landscape photograph is presented with a large puncture in the sky revealing the image is actually on a camper that has likely been exposed to the sun on its road trips and the puncture is a ding in the aluminum siding. Similar to Srinivas Surti’s image on the side of a camper, Kalee Appleton explores the role of the stereotypical picturesque photographic backdrops ubiquitous in photography studios across the globe, used to transport the subjects to an idealize place. She transforms the physical backdrops into sculptural forms that take the shape of a mountain and incorporates hints of photographic studio equipment and digital imaging tools and techniques into the composition to question the fiction of photography and subtlety reveal the working process of a photographer. All of the works in this exhibition avoid simple romantically sublime statements about landscape and instead observe a more complicated exchange between man and nature.

_Natasha Egan for C4FAP 2016

 

JUROR | Natasha Egan

Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP). She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics. Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, Texas and juried international exhibitions. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and periodicals and lectures international. For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.

 

 

HONORS | AWARDS

An international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. All chosen artists are invited to complimentary portfolio reviews, lunch and portfolio sharing on the reception weekend. Each participant is included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado and Online Gallery exhibition.

 

Juror’s Selection: Adriene Hughs

Director’s Selection: Terri Warpinski

Two LiveBooks Website Awards: to be announced

Honorable Mention Awards:

Juror’s Honorable Mentions: Carsten Meier, Ellie Davies, Sage Lewis, and Julie Sims

Director’s Honorable Mentions: Liz Hickok, Julie Sims, Kathleen Taylor, and Srinivas Surti

 

In addition artists’ selected for the exhibition will also receive:

Promotion on The Center’s large social media platforms.

Professional installation images for your use.

In-gallery and online exhibition with links to artists’ websites

Press releases are sent to artists’ choice of media outlets.

 

 

Questions?
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