Clatsop Community College presents an exhibit of photography and graphics that examines the influence of environment on perception and creation of work. “Connection to Place” opens at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, on Thursday, November 14 at 6pm, and continues through January 16, 2014.
Four artists – Terri Warpinski, Nate Manny, Melissa Mankins, and Michael Granger - explore the varied manifestations of natural and fabricated environments (things perceived by eye or camera or microphone), their effects on the creative process, and connections between humans (physical or spiritual) and landscapes (real or imagined). The work captures what could be perceived as ordinary and makes it extraordinary by illuminating this rich tapestry of connections. The Exhibit is curated by Jacob Covey, David Homer and Lucien Swerdloff.
The exhibit's participating artists will also present their work and processes for creating photographic and graphic design projects, Thursday, November 14, at 3pm in the CCC Art Center, Room 115. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Terri Warpinski creates imagery that reflects her reverence for the natural environment and her interest in the traces of human connection embedded in the landscape. An inveterate traveler, Warpinski has most often photographed in the desert environments of the United States and Mexico, as well as central and eastern Australia. In recent work she has been drawing on imagery from travel through the Middle East, Western Europe and China, while also continuing to address her home landscape from the coastal rainforest to the sage plain of the high desert. Helen A. Harrison of The New York Times has written of Warpinski: “She is especially attuned to the often subtle evidence of human impact on nature. . . . (Her work) invite(s) speculation about the secrets that may be revealed by close scrutiny and creative speculation.” Warpinski lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is a Professor of Art and head of the photography program at the University of Oregon. Her work included in this exhibition represents four projects: Fragments, Field Studies, Vanishing Points, and Surface Tension.
Nate Manny is a Creative Director, Designer, and Artist living on a small island near Seattle in the Puget Sound. He currently operates his boutique design studio, 51 Eggs, where he focuses on branding and packaging solutions for independent-minded, small businesses, bars, restaurants, and the music industry. In his work he is always looking to foster a visceral and dynamic connection between the viewer and the work. “The Modular Project” included in this exhibition explores the sonic frequencies produced within nature and our environment. The work is the photographic evidence of a fictitious experiment inspired by a series of related questions, "What might it sound like if you were to connect with the world as a musical instrument?" and "What would a machine used to do this look like?" The exhibition includes the “Modular Unit” and a collection of different listening devices, as well as photographs of these objects as they were connected to their surroundings in natural environments across the Northwest.
Melissa Mankins’ work “A Woman’s Place” explores connections and symbolism of the female form celebrating all of her womanliness, au naturel, captivating, with the essence of her femininity revealed when she is closest to nature, unclad. Mankins finds endless inspiration in the Pacific Northwest. “Everywhere you look there is beauty. I find beauty in the trees, moss and streams. It seems fitting to envelop the female form mis-en-scene in nature, revealing the ultra-feminine.” Mankins creates images “that capture the beauty of everyday, commonplace objects that may easily be ignored. I create images of people that reveal something magical within themselves that they are not able to see, something hidden, yet once revealed is fabled, fantastical. My work has a stark and centering quality. It has the capacity to evoke a spiritual response because I capture the miraculous in what is naturalistic, what we see all around us, yet reaches beyond what is ordinary. “
Michael Granger’s series “The Forest” encouragers the viewer to contemplate the precious oasis in our backyard. “In a world of confusion and disarray, destruction and imbalance, this peaceful place speaks to me. A natural wonder that needs to be experienced and respected. I wish to have you sense the forest.” Michael Granger is the Director of LightBox Photographic Gallery whose mission is to promote creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon. LightBox Photographic strives to further educate the public about fine art photography, the varied alternative processes, and the unique vision of each photographic artist. Granger’s interests concentrate on conceptual imagery that speaks to the viewer and the quality of the final photographic print in all mediums.
Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the CCC Foundation Sather Fund and Jamie Boyd for support of this exhibit.
Please direct inquiries to: Lucien Swerdloff, 503-338-2301.
Attached images (4):
(1) "Modular Everest" - Nate Manny
(2) "Yellow Smoke" - Melissa Mankins
(3) "Forest 2" - Michael Granger
(4) "Surface Tension" - Terri Warpinski