Connection to Place

Photography and Graphics Exhibition

A photography and graphics exhibition at the Art Center Gallery will present works of four artists that examine the influence of environment on perception and creation of work. Four artists – Terri Warpinski, Nate Manny, Melissa Mankins, 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.

Exhibition Dates: 14 November - 16 January 2013
Artist Presentations: 3:00pm, 14 November 2013 , Art Building room 115
Opening Reception: 6:00pm, 14 November 2013, Art Center Gallery

The Artists: Michael Granger, Melissa Mankins, Nate Manny, Terri Warpinski

Michael Granger
Michael Granger and his wife, Chelsea Vincent Granger, opened LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria in June 2009 with the mission  to promote creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon. LightBox Photographic exhibits work of photographic artists in juried, group and solo exhibits. With over 50 exhibits behind them, LightBox Photographic strives to educate the public further about fine art photography, the varied alternative processes, and the unique vision of each photographic artist. Having  had an extensive career in fine custom photographic printing, Michael’s interests concentrate on conceptual imagery that speaks to the viewer and the quality of the final photographic print in all mediums. 

Michael Granger, Forest
The Forest: In our backyard there is an oasis, a reality that is precious and full of life. 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.   

Melissa Mankins
I am a mother and artist. Trying to find balance between the two. I create art everyday. For me it is like breathing. It is part of who I am and how I communicate. I create 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. To deny myself artistic expression, would be to ignore the beauty of everyday objects and my fascination with the mundane.

Melissa Mankins, Yello Smoke

My current work 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.  Living in the Pacific Northwest is endlessly inspiring for me. 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 ultrafeminine.  The work for the show is entitled “A Woman’s Place.”

Nate Manny
Nate Manny is a designer and artist living in Seattle. He currently operates his boutique design studio, 51 Eggs, where he focuses on branding and packaging solutions for bars, restaurants, the music industry, and independent-minded, small businesses. He is also a guitarist in the Seattle-based, Sub-Pop garage-punk band Murder City Devils, whose records have gone on to national acclaim and while the band is semi-retired, occasionally tour nationwide. 

Nate Manny, Modulor The Modular Project:There has long been research into the sonic frequencies produced within nature and our environment; that plants make sounds, that the world vibrates, that radio frequencies are emitted by faraway galaxies.
Modular: Sonic Explorations 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?"

Terri Warpinski
Terri Warpinski has been a professor of photography at the University of Oregon since 1984. Her B.A. degree is from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, and she holds an M.A. and M.F.A from the University of Iowa. Her photographically based creative practice, reflecting an expertise that bridges the span from handcrafted historical practices to digital media, explores the relationship between personal, cultural and natural histories. 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.” 

Terri Warpinski, Vanishing point

Vanishing Points: A series of limited-edition, miniature scale sepia-toned silver gelatin prints. Select pieces in the series have a graphite layer of text and drawing. The image size is 2 5/8" X 4," presented in 8" X10," 8-ply, neutral mats in black-finished ash frames. Editions limited to 3.

The Curators: Jacob Covey, David Homer, Lucien Swerdloff

Special Thanks

  • Donna Quinn, Kathleen Sullivan and Cannery Pier Hotel
  • Sather fund
  • Jamie Boyd

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October 29, 2013, 1:33 pm
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