One of the longest running Louisville Photo Biennial exhibitions just got extended and I’m happy to say that you can continue to see my work at Mayor Greg Fischers Gallery at Louisville Metro Hall through March 2018. “Altered Perceptions”, is a Louisville Visual Arts exhibition and curated by the amazing Keith Waits.
“Altered Perceptions” features three artists who use a photographic image as a means to an end. I, along with C.J. Pressma and Mitch Eckert illustrate ways in which photography can be employed outside of the traditional realms of 2-d presentation.
For years, my goal has been to keep a hands-on approach in processing digital imagery. In this show, I feature not only some of my recent work incorporating digital image transfers onto wood and metal substrates but also exhibit some of my photo encaustics from the Tiny World Series, pictured below.
Go see this exhibit! My work is featured on the fourth floor by the elevators. Metro Hall is located at 527 West Jefferson St in downtown Louisville. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
ALUMINATURE is an exhibition that featured recent and current work, using the natural environment as a subject while incorporating aluminum as a substrate. In my art practice, I reference the photographic past in my present explorations with the landscape. Identity, my connection with the natural environment, nostalgia, and an obsession with symbolism are all present in this exhibition.
Earliest works from Alt-Country and ATTEMPTING UTOPIA, romanticize the unknown in both near and far away lands through dye sublimation printing onto clear aluminum. The raw surface comes to life under proper lighting and changes as one moves around it, representing the inevitable while instilling the inability to look away.
LUMINIFEROUS: ADVENTURES IN METAL follows from desire to continue working with a reflective surface while maintaining a hands-on approach in processing digital imagery through the use of digital image transfers. Using extra heavy duty aluminum foil purposefully distressed in a dishwasher, images are transferred onto large custom-made substrates that reference photographic plates used in creating tintypes, another 19th century process of direct positives on thin sheets of metal.
phyto- + -graphydiscards the lens entirely and documents procured plant specimens without a camera when aging aluminum plates with a slow development, solar cooking process. The work references both photograms of botanical specimens used as scientific illustrations and visions from the collective unconscious.
The evidence that people are drawn to shiny things is all around us: from shimmery advertisements in magazines and automobiles ads to glimmering gold iPhones. The use of aluminum purposefully attracts the viewer, inviting their engagement to the phenomena of the natural world, with the hope that appreciation of the work ultimately translates to the appreciation and protection of the natural environment.
ALUMINATURE was a featured exhibition in the 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial, a regional festival occurring in over 60 venues throughout Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana celebrating artistic excellence in this rich and diverse medium. The Photo Biennial represents a cooperative effort among local museums, galleries, universities and other public venues to give viewers the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate photography.
You can also take a trip down 1-65 south to beautiful Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and see the photo biennial show I’m not only featured in, but one I also curated in my new role as Bernheim’s Visual Art Coordinator!
FOTO FOREST: Photographic Selections by Bernheim Artists in Residence is on view at the Education Center until December 29th so you still have lots of time to see this exhibit and get a hike in before the new year!
For more than three decades, the Artist in Residence program has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration and to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature.
Photography as an artistic medium has a long-standing history in the Artist in Residence program at Bernheim. But as the photographic medium has changed over the years, so has artistic interpretation of the landscape changed with photography. FOTO FOREST is an exhibition that celebrates unique and diverse interpretations of the Bernheim landscape.
Visitors can enjoy photographs from artists Eileen Neff, Jimmy Fike, Nori Hall and Christopher Burkett, as well as highlights from Bernheim’s 2017 Artists in Residence Sharon Harper and Irene Imfeld. The exhibition is located in Bernheim’s Education Center. In December the Education Center will be open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends. This exhibit is free of charge. The $5 weekend environmental impact fee still applies at the gate for non-members.