SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY
Elegy for an Angel
May 4th – 27th 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th 6-9pm
Lecture by Jessica Auer: Saturday, May 5th 1pm
Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal Canada. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. Taking on the role of observer-participant, her photographs present narratives that incite the viewer to engage with place using their imagination, as well as look at the practice of sightseeing from a critical perspective.
“Since 2004, my fascination with tourism has led me to photograph popular destinations. Images from Re-creational Spaces show how landscape has been preserved, altered or commodified for sightseeing. This on-going series invites the viewer to consider the historical and cultural significance of these places as well question the tourist’s responsibility in observing these sites. Bearing in mind that the tourist industry moderates our understanding of place, I seek to provoke reflection on personal experience, cultural authenticity and the collective memory of specific sites.”
Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and is the recipient of several grants and awards such as the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Fellowship and the Roloff Beny Prize. Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University.
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY:
John Wimberley will be showing his new color work, Elegy for an Angel, a tribute to his beloved wife Teri. John Wimberley has been hailed as “one of America’s preeminent landscape photographers.” His critically acclaimed work has been honored with more than 60 major exhibitions and has been published around the world.
John’s work is represented in hundreds of public and private collections. He is also a retired Yoga teacher and brings a body-centered perspective to teaching photography.