Aug 7th 2015

Field Study

@ David Weinberg Photography

300 West Superior Street, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, August 7th, from 5:30PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, October 3rd

Join us for the opening reception of the 2015 Filter Photo Festival juried exibition Field Study.

Field Study is a selection of photographs and videos that examine the indelible relationship between humans and nature.

Co-sponsored by Openlands to advance a culture of conservation in a variety of urban and regional settings, the work curiously studies our larger ecological reality.

Selected by curators Katharine Ware of the New Mexico Museum of Art and Meg Noe of David Weinberg Photography for the 7th Annual Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition.

There will also be a closing reception on September 25 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Field Study features work by thirty-eight national and international artists: Nelson Armour, Natalia Baluta, Sarah Christianson, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Rachel Cox, Karen Darling, Barbara Diener, Jessica Ekern, Tealia Ellis Ritter, Adam Forrester, Dana Fritz, Cameron Gibson, Tytia Habing, William Harper, Lindsay Hutchens, Sandra Klein, Chrissy LaMaster, Adam Lampton, Cristen Leifheit, Janice Levy, Joyce P Lopez, Holly Lynton, Sarah Malakoff, Carsten Meier, Angela Mittiga, Mayu Nagaoka, Paccarik Orue, Julie Pasila, Simon Pyle, Rob Rocke, Ken Rosenthal, Zack Sabin, John Steck Jr., Jamey Stillings, Suzanne Szucs, Millee Tibbs, and Terri Warpinski.

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Jurors Statement:

We forgot for a while, many of us, that we are not in charge of nature but a part of it. These days it’s harder and harder to ignore that we are subject to natural laws and not the other way around. Artists have been out in the field, making notes for us, on the remarkable state of affairs at this juncture in the Anthropocene age. In the eloquent photographs in this exhibition, artists reflect back to us our missteps and some of their consequences. They reveal the deep rift in our relationship with the world but also some points of deep connection. They introduce us to the sources of our food, water, and energy. They show us that we are a little ridiculous, a lot oblivious, but not entirely hopeless. We need to listen to them.

Katherine Ware

What can images tell us about our relationship with nature in an age of rapid mutation and drastic climate change? Lenses point to every terrain, questioning the value of green space where we have taken the resources of the earth for granted. And yet we are still ignited with that humbling sensation of being human, tangled in a web of organic life. We can’t deny our collective tendency to exoticize what is unfamiliar, and therefore other; and our cameras are certainly not immune from such framing devices. We look and analyze as land becomes increasingly foreign and subject to the impact of contemporary culture’s commodification, domestication, emulation, preservation and remembering. We speculate the boundaries of wilderness seen from planes, trains and automobiles. More and more, these images remind us of our temporality. Reflecting on portfolios of work depicting desecrated territories bejeweled with garbage and starry with streetlight, we can no longer avoid or postpone beckoning change. There is still an undeniable passion for the saintly, picturesque landscape even if partially obscured by the feeble hands of man. The images selected for Field Study hold a mirror to this ancestral fluctuating relationship. They conserve a desire for atonement and awe-inspired love for non-human life.

Meg T. Noe

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