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Bryan Whitney
© Bryan Whitney
Infrastructures
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Bryan Whitney

Exhibition: Wed, Oct 17, to Sat, Dec 1 2012

In these structural portraits, reminiscent of Bernd and Hilla Becher's black and white industrial topologies, Whitney explores the anatomy of telecommunication towers and their relationship to the landscape, and thus our technological culture.

Whitney’s documents of the delicate lattice-worked towers, each a totemic formal portrait printed directly from negative in extreme verticality, include the most striking of the analogue and digital TV, radio and cell phone structures that punctuate the rural horizon. Shooting with a 4x5 analog camera and printing digitally as a negative, Whitney brings out the "personalities" of the towers.

The subjects radiate a lonely presence, nostalgic and dated in their appearance - cultural dinosaurs - reminiscent of the time when digital communication was new and magical. These towers point toward the dreams of another era, not long gone, ciphers of the rapidity of technological change.

Opening Reception: Wed, Oct 17, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1127
ACP Listing #: 100

Ruth Dusseault
© Ruth Dusseault
Modern Nature
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Ruth Dusseault

Exhibition: Wed, Oct 17, to Sat, Dec 1 2012

Atlanta artist Ruth Dusseault examines the development of our country’s tourist industry in the early 20th c.. Her work reveals the ironic relationship between utopian and dystopian realities the built environment creates.

In this largely unseen body of work, the artist focuses on idiosyncratic structures and inventions designed by amateurs and entrepreneurs in the Thirties and Forties for tourist attractions. The work is exhibited in over-sized Cibachrome panoramas reminiscent of the highway billboards which advertised these sites. The architecture and design relics documented reveal an innocent disregard for our environment integral to everyday life at the outset of the 20th century: structures of coral, taxidermy of endangered animals, backdrops for animal display cages. Today, these over the top trappings of “attraction” would be disparaged as threatening to our global health.

Dusseault’s nostalgic images feature a medley of amusing and often mystical devices that popularized a particular kind of engagement with nature. Developers selected features of the local landscape and reconfigured them to depict an eternal, ethereal world frozen in time. This work reflects on our use and misuse of the landscape and world resources in search of amusement and industrial profitability.

Opening Reception: Wed, Oct 17, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1129
ACP Listing #: 101

Marvin Heiferman
© Marvin Heiferman
ACP Knowledge Series - Marvin Heiferman
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Panel Discussion: Wed, Oct 17, 7pm - 9pm

Influential curator and writer Marvin Heiferman discusses his newest book, Photography Changes Everything. In dialogue with ACAC Artistic Director Stuart Horodner, he offers an overview of the publication's focus - how photographs shape our understanding of ourselves and the world. He will discuss the texts commissioned from experts, writers, inventors, and public figures, including Hugh Hefner, John Baldessari, John Waters, Robert Adams, and many others. Photography Changes Everything provides a unique opportunity to better understand the history, practice, and power of photography at this transitional moment in visual culture.

This event is presented in partnership with ACAC.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318  [map: Google Maps]
p: (404) 688-1970
web: http://thecontemporary.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1182
ACP Listing #: 099

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