Kimberly Anderson, Bonnevill Canal, UT

Salt/Water

January 7 – April 3, 2016

Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday Noon-9pm, Saturday-Sunday Noon to 6pm

The Salt/Water exhibition originated from a desire to explore contemporary photographs of the landscape from fresh perspectives. In the process of researching and reviewing work amidst the recent backdrop of a global culture tearing itself apart through hatred and intolerance, the exhibit has evolved into a meditative environment intended to connect humanity—to these photographs, to nature, and to one another, recognizing essential and shared properties of our existence.

The majority of the planet we reside on is covered by salt water, a substance that crosses boundaries real and imagined, and is being altered every moment with the movement of the tides. Water is also the primary component of the human body. The water within us is part of what makes us like every other homo sapien, regardless of creed or culture, economic status or class. It is a shared trait and the substance most necessary for us to live.

The artists featured in Salt/Water have found ways to use site-specific qualities of water, including the naturally occurring minerals and other idiosyncrasies, to create unique images.
These image-artifacts and the artists who created them provide an opportunity, through photography, for contemplation of the durability and fragility of our landscape, and of our connections to it and to one another.

Kimberly Anderson makes salted paper prints using salt crystals from photographed locations of Utah’s Great Salt Lake; each photograph is part image and part artifact of the very location that is being portrayed. Acclaimed British artist Susan Derges captures water’s movement using a camera-less developing process and the water in situ. Seattle-based Daniel Hawkins develops his 8×10 color film at the site of his industrial landscapes. Through this practice, the subject of the photograph becomes part of the photographic process. Meghann Riepenhoff‘s large-scale cyanotypes derive from the action of waves, wind, and time, with the use of rain being a recent addition to her practice upon her move to the Seattle area.

RELATED EVENTs:
Salient: PCNW Benefit Reception

January 21, 2016 | 5:30–8:30pm | $75 ticket includes a one-of-a-kind glass created with salt from Spiral Jetty handmade by Museum of Glass; cocktails courtesy Oola; light fare courtesy Marjorie Restaurant. More info here, or purchase tickets here.

ARTIST LECTURE:

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | 6:30PM | Please join us for a conversation with Salt/Water exhibition artists Daniel Hawkins, Kimberly Anderson, and Meghann Rieppenhoff, moderated by Tim Greyhavens.

Photo Credit: Kimberly Anderson, Bonneville Canal, Utah