George Wiedenhofer, Jamestown photographer “Captured Experience” is a selection of local and Yosemite-based landscapes in large format black and white photography, including one in color, on special handmade Japanese papers. Exhibition of Wisconsin artist John Swartwout ” North “ presents three-dimensional installations that offer a view of the north of the country through the artist’s curiously offbeat lens, revealing the chasms and follies, the joys and jubilations of this region.
Wiedenhofer said time spent photographing in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, Calif., was inspiration for his exhibit.
“I chose to do this during the winter months to avoid the crowds…the photos (in this collection) are of the natural world. No one is in my photos, even though four million people visit Yosemite every year.
Of his process, he says, “Photos are captured with a medium format digital camera using a 51.4 megapixel sensor and 16-bit raw photography. I removed the color so that each black and white photo could capture the nuance….
In a statement, Wiedenhofer said, “I’ve had a great career, spanning nearly four decades, working with architects around the world. I used my formal architectural education, backed by world-class products, helping designers and homeowners realize their dreams. Throughout my career as an architect, photography has always been a passionate hobby. I am now able to pursue my passion, full time, with a medium format camera in hand and the drawing board seen through a lens. Each photograph captured incorporates years of design experience to compose and showcase natural beauty as I envision it. My photos have very limited compensations and I never use Photoshop to manipulate or modify the image.
Wiedenhofer’s photographs are printed on handmade Koso paper by Ichibei Iwano IX and framed with museum quality glass.
“This special etching process is strictly from the natural world”, he said. “Each print is designed to last for centuries. These lasting impressions can be used well (in) the future to better understand how our planet is changing. I do this to help make the impermanence of our shared natural world as permanent as possible. (In this exhibition,) you will see that I use the natural elements of water, earth, air, space and fire to organize my photos; a method of organization rarely seen in the digital world.
Swartwout grew up outside the small town of Pine River, Wisc., where he spent endless days building forts and “MadMax” like pine structures, with his little brother and his friends. A sculptor/film artist, his work has taken him to Britain, Germany, Canada and the United States. He holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BFA-BA in Art Education from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. . Swartwout has exhibited her work across the United States, Canada and Germany, received numerous awards, and her work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Sailor in Chicago, Illinois.
Alongside the opening of the exhibition, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and participate in collaborative and experimental artistic creation – “Inclusopolis: WaterCity” – which will use the space of the Crary Court fountain and the connected wooden pieces, where visitors will participate in a “great experience and interactive exhibit building a floating city on water.” The experience is free and open to all guests, and the artist provides all the materials needed for artistic collaboration.
Swartwout is involved in the autism community in his hometown and would like to meet and talk with families and local professionals affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. He will be holding an Autism Community Mixer on Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. at the Crary Art Gallery. To attend, register at www.craryartgallery.org.
The public is invited to the opening of the new exhibitions on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Crary Art Gallery is a private, non-profit art museum, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Market Street in downtown Warren. Exhibition hours, after the opening, are Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. For more information, visit craryartgallery.com.
Based on the CDC’s latest recommendations regarding indoor activities and the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the area, the Crary Art Gallery Board of Directors strongly urges all visitors, supervisors and artists to wear a mask. when they are there. Free disposable masks are available at reception.