Exhibition Dates: 07/19/12 - 08/31/12
Opening Reception: 07/19/12, 6-8pm
And then there were 10. I was staring at Alison Carey’s ambrotypes depicting ancient marine environments from each of the seven periods in the Paleozoic era. Extinct vertebrates and invertebrates are brought back to life, coexisting in these underwater dioramas that she made by hand with clay and then photographed in a process from the 1840s, making them look surreal. Her series, “Organic Remains of a Former World,” conjured up visions of uncharted territories and undiscovered worlds. Then I began thinking about other artists’ work that I’ve been seeing that doesn’t quite fit into any genre of photography: Chris McCaw’s “Sunburns” that are unique images on silver gelatin paper that have been literally lit on fire in his camera by the sun. Then there are the invented pictures of Germán Herrera: the collage form emerged as a response to his need of addressing an internal reality, previously inaccessible and more complex in nature. And Curtis Wehrfritz with his small daguerreotypes of constructed scenes where what is real and what isn’t is not so obvious. I discovered the colorless desert night pictures of Christopher Colville from his series “Instar” where the blinding whiteness that we associate with the Southwest has been swallowed by the rich blacks and browns of an unfamiliar land. And Jeremy Dyer’s “Haemál” series with a black sun dominating a benign landscape and 4 individual forest fires uniting their plumes over a rolling hillside. A few examples of his own world imagined. Rounding out the 10 artists are Robin Robinson, who dove deep into the ocean to find a wholly different universe where her existence didn’t matter; Tomiko Jones and her project, “These Grand Places” captured with a 4x5 camera and revealing a transitional landscape that is impossible to identify; Lisa Ajtay whose images from “The Originality of the Moment” look like peephole images of dream-like objects that could be flesh or bone or silk or stone; and Tami Bone whose photography is inspired by her childhood in deep South Texas, one that held more than the usual share of mystery. Come see the original and beautiful work by these 10 diverse artists and explore their unique worlds with them. You definitely won’t feel like you’re in Kansas anymore.