Friday, September 28, 2007

Etheria Exhibition at Elmhurst Art Museum

Etheria Installation @ Elmhurst Art Museum

One of the reasons I wanted to start blogging is to help promote and give props to others. One such person is a dear friend of mine, Doug Fogelson. This Chicago based Photographer has been making lots of news with his recent publications and international exhibitions including a solo show curated by Melissa Dahlquist at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois.

I had the good fortune of attending the opening reception in August and was extremely impressed by the body of work included in "Etheria". It was difficult to choose which photograph was my favorite, but the two that especially grabbed my heart were:

Image: © Doug Fogelson

Image: © Doug Fogelson

Perhaps not surprising to those of you who know the background for my work, I am continuously inspired by natural elements which include cloud formations and the endless changes we witness in the sky on a daily basis. Doug has found a unique way of capturing his experience of these moments in time.

Etheria: Artist Statement
by Doug Fogelson
Elmhurst Art Museum - August 18 to October 7, 2007

Making a visual comment on our relationship with Earth, this exhibition delves into ideas of space, time, and perspective from the lofty view experienced during air travel. Supplemented by a sound installation, the images in Etheria collapse space and time over themselves in varying segments while expanding the physical time and space usually contained within individual photographic images. The installation also alludes to the divine: the concept of the heavens and the relatively short span of human life.

Although a major contributor to the pollution and destruction of the Earth’s environment, air travel is one of the best means for maintaining our relationship with the globe. The view from above provides a sense of the scale of our planet, the speed of modern travel, and the impermanence of our lives on the ground. In transit, one reflects on one’s own life and the fate of other living beings below.

I hope you will have the opportunity to view this artist's work in person. Please visit his website for more information.

I should also mention that Doug was interviewed by Nate Berkus for his XM radio show. The show airs today, Friday, September 28th @ 9a.m. CST and will repeat throughout the day. Congratulations, Douglas!

It's exciting to know that so many wonderful artists are being recognized and finding well deserved acclaim. Please continue to help get the word out about your favorite artists. Your support of our work means the world!!