October 15, 4pm
Virtual Artist Talk and exhibition walk through with sculptor-photographer Stephen Althouse.
A new exhibition, Stephen Althouse—Objects of Intention, is now open at the Gregg Museum. Originally trained as a sculptor, Althouse begins with man-made and natural objects, cloth, tools, and simple farm machinery to create evanescent sculptural assemblages. He then records images of them using large format film cameras and highly specialized printing and development processes to make huge prints that are up to nine feet wide, with exquisite detail and rich tones that allow them to command a sculptural presence. These mystic, almost sacred depictions of the human experience are further enriched by the artist through the addition of evocative messages digitally embedded in the images themselves. The installation at the Gregg Museum features work that symbolically portrays the lives of members of the Amish community whose farms surround Althouse’s Pennsylvania home, further enhanced with an audio ambience built from recordings of Amish religious services. To visit the exhibition in person, please make a reservation. Admission is free.
Opening October 20
Animate Earth – Adventures in Mimetolithia by Andy Nasisse
PHOTOGRAPHS AND CERAMIC OBJECTS
Master photographer and ceramicist Andy Nasisse was a Professor of Art (now emeritus) at the University of Georgia, Athens, from 1976 to 2005, and has since pursued a career as an independent professional studio artist in Utah and Colorado. For the past several years he has explored the figure in the landscape, engaging with what is probably the most basic impulse of the human imagination: the tendency to “see things in things.” When we see shapes in clouds, look up at the Man in the Moon (or Rabbit in the Moon, if one is Asian), collect heart-shaped pebbles, or name cave formations for their resemblance to famous people, we experience a heightened sense of pareidolia. But it is something we all do all the time in order to try to make sense of the world.
Nasisse plays with this deeply planted instinct by focusing his lens on naturally eroded rock formations in the Southwest and South, while making clay pieces that challenge the viewer to discern the intentionality that went into creating them. The tension between images of rocks that “accidentally” look intentional and ceramic sculptures that intentionally look accidental yields a rare opportunity to see how seeing works. To visit the exhibition in person, please make a reservation. Admission is free.
October 22, 12pm
A Conversation with Artist Susan Harbage Page and Gregg Director Roger Manley –
Join photographer Susan Harbage Page and Gregg Museum Director Roger Manley for a live virtual program and discussion about Harbage Page’s photographs in a past exhibition, Borderlands – Evidence from the Rio Grande (Gregg Museum, February 7-July 28, 2019). Images of the photographer’s recent work will also be included in the presentation. Registered participants will be able to engage in a Q&A session at the end.
A YouTube recording of this program will be available.
The 2020 Click! Photography Festival begins October 1 and runs through Oct. 31