PCPA Open Salon, September 13, 2017
Featuring photographer Russell Hart, “Leaving our Mark: An American Landscape”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
PCPA Gallery, 118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02903
Open to the public
For more information contact Steve Szydlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
At a time of deepening environmental crisis, photographs by Russell Hart explore the human imprint on America’s natural world
The PCPA Open Salon September 13, 2017 will feature a one hour presentation by Russell Hart on his project: “The Human Imprint on America’s Natural World”. A question and answer period will follow.
In our current exhibit Leaving Our Mark: An American Landscape, the Providence Center for Photographic Arts brings together two series of images by photographer Russell Hart, Water Rights and Brink of Light. Created primarily in the American South and Southwest, in both black and white and color, these photographs explore the human imprint on the American landscape and, more generally, the ongoing clash between people and nature. The exhibit is currently on display until September 8, 2017.
Unlike some contemporary environmental photography, though, Hart’s images don’t embrace disfigurement of the landscape as a form of commentary. They are an attempt to find meaning and beauty even in a landscape that has been compromised by human activity and endeavor. In these two groups of photographs, in fact, some of the images are about the persistence of pure nature, though its elements-water, wildlife, and plant life-are represented in nonrealistic ways.
Hart’s work has always studied the ways humans occupy and alter the landscape, and the resulting intersection of the built and natural worlds. Structures often serve as stand-ins, only implying the presence of people-though these are often abandoned and forlorn, having lost their original utility. When human figures appear, as they do more often in Hart’s recent photographs, they remain small and relatively isolated in the scene. In some images, the balance tilts toward the human; in others, toward nature or pure landscape. This dynamic is an overriding part of modern life, as human enterprise continues to intrude into the natural world.
PCPA presents Open Salons on the 2nd Wednesday evening every month
The salon format is very informal with a guest presentation and a topic for discussion. Member salons are excellent networking sessions. Members can present their current projects, pitch workshops, and bring current work to review and discuss over BYOB refreshments. PCPA Open Salons are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Steve Szydlowski.