Suk Choo Kim: Big Picture II
August 12 to September 17
"I see large prints as a different medium than smaller prints just as black and white photographs differ from the color photographs.
When I create smaller prints, I am seeking an emotional impact through the subject matter as well as lighting, composition, and tonal range. But I am also consciously eliminating all unnecessary elements that are not part of storytelling. When I show smaller prints in the gallery, I only expect my audiences to look at the photographs for a short period of time regardless of how much they might enjoy the photos.
Larger prints are quite different.
When I create big pictures, I am recreating environments so that one can feel the place as if they were there. Instead of eliminating elements, I try to include as many details as I can. I want my audiences to be immersed in the environment, and to take a long time to look around and discover many of the details I captured in the photo. As I travel around the world, I am always searching for surroundings with as many different elements as possible. To be able to capture all of the details, I sometimes take more than one hundred shots, overlapping one exposure to the next, so I can stitch them together in my studio.
I've seen viewers of these big pictures spend a long time looking around and discussing with others what they discovered in the print. When I see this, I feel I am accomplishing my intentions for my work: creation and communication."
Suk Choo Kim
Ann Holsberry: New Navigation
July 8 to August 27
“We need instruments for a new navigation.” -Morris Graves
Ann Holsberry is a painter who works in a variety of media. Her experience growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and journeys since then have been central to her work. She finds inspiration in the mystery of the natural world, and is fascinated by the movement of humans and animals across the globe. Cosmology also fascinates her as the movements of planets and stars complement these earthbound migrations. The transit of bodies across distances large and small, in conjunction with her love of found maps and scientific papers from bygone eras, is the inspiration for this New Navigation Installation.
Holsberry currently works with cyanotype, an archaic photographic process that starts with a spontaneous application of chemicals onto paper or canvas in the darkroom. She then develops the work in outdoor sunlight, often using elements from nearby surroundings in the exposure. Due to the iron-based chemistry involved, a deep Prussian Blue predominates. These works are then brought into the realm of painting by the application of pigments, as well as wax, ink, and embroidery. Throughout the process, she often reverts to the simple goal of letting this be an exploration of blue.
As she work outdoors with materials that are responsive to the elements, She feels a deep personal engagement with nature. This engagement is furthered by working with large canvases at the edge of oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water in an attempt to capture their ebb, flow, and sedimentation at that particular time and place. Through observation of these natural phenomena, Holsberry has gained an acute awareness of the changes in our ecosystem that require both humans and animals to adapt to new ways of navigating the world.
From the HAC Permanent Collection: Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Bruno Groth, Melvin Schuler & Romano Gabriel
“Selections from the Permanent Collection” features highlights from the HAC's superb holdings of North Coast fine art from the twentieth century. It incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative and folk arts. Though the exhibition is ongoing, the installation is updated regularly.