14 Nov Gallery Tour and Panel Talk Saturday, Nov 19, 3 pm
Danae Falliers, Richard van Pelt, and Willy Sutton will join curator Rupert Jenkins in the gallery this coming Saturday, November 19, at 3 pm. The four will talk about the “Situating Robert Adams” exhibition in general and specifically their own works included in the show.
The event is free. Patti Hallock will present “Along Some Rivers,” the third and last of the “Reading Robert Adams” series, on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 pm. $5/3, free to UCD students.
Adams has been an influence on my work since I discovered him, and other New Topographics photographers, when I began to study photography as an undergraduate in California. I have been a student of his work since then, and teach “Beauty in Photography” to my students. I have always been really compelled by his tightrope walk between looking into the darkest sides of human development of the environment, and his delicate sense of pathos for our shared situation on this earth. His dedication to technique has also been a constant inspiration.
Richard van Pelt
The landscape is unavoidable. Everything about it is alive to me. The life and structure of cities are as alive as the hornets and their hives.
The pictures displayed in this exhibit were made as a participant in a project originated by Richard “Sandy” Hume. His idea was to photograph mining, and other evidence of extraction from the land. Hume named the project “From this Land”, and included photographers Robert Adams, Linda Conner, Roger Mertin, Ronald Wholauer, and Barbra Houghton.
I have long understood my photographs to be a kind of social contract. “Polis is eyes,” said the community poet, Charles Olson. And in that more fundamentally rooted sense of the political, yes, my photographs are political.
The pictures in the CPAC exhibition are not traditional landscape pictures and do not contain man made elements. These pictures tend towards abstraction and an animated expression of the life force of the earth as expressed through the vegetation. Human life is dependent on larger cycles and movements of the planet, the hydrologic cycle, weather patterns, and the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Biologically, we cannot exist without the air that we breathe, or the water that flows through us, or the soils that sustain us, or the thousands of nurturing and consuming organisms that live around us and within us.
For “Situating Robert Adams,” curator Rupert Jenkins chose eight regional photographers whose works are diverse yet complimentary in approach, and which span a period of almost four decades, 1977-2011. The visual relationships between traditional and non-traditional landscape photography, and the progression of strategies used by each photographer during their careers, are informed by a series of questions and answers that lend insight into the exact nature of Adams’ influence on each artist and their work.