Published: Oct 20, 2010
Exhibition features more tone than black-and-white photography prints
Craig Stevens, SCAD Savannah professor of photography, Stone Nave, Iceland, 24” x 30”, pigment print on archival paper, 2005-2010.
HONG KONG - SCAD Hong Kong presents "Seekers of Light
," an exhibition of outstanding black-and-white photography that transcends the pure chemistry of this timeless medium to capture the aura and essence of various natural environments, now through Jan. 14, 2011, at Moot Gallery. Located in the former North Kowloon Magistracy building, 292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po, SCAD Hong Kong's Moot Gallery is named as a lighthearted reference to the former function of the gallery space as a courtroom. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
From the beaches of Iceland and eastern U.S. coastlines to the temples of Thailand, the work captured in this exhibition features a breadth of iconic landscapes, vast crevasses, wizened figures and wistfully haunting imagery. The photographers captured their respective subject matter through a variety of techniques - the lens offering the viewer vantage points unique to each artist.
Among the seven venerable artists are SCAD chief academic officer and SCAD Savannah photography professor, Tom Fischer, whose work on display mirrors those of 19th-century landscape photographers. Fischer excels at relating the human experience to the environment through use of a view camera in a series of photography and essays in his most recent book, "Paradise/Paradox," many pieces are on display here. Fischer employs the black border of the frame negative to effectively convey the way he sees the landscape - capturing the monumental quality of the urban landscape and details of place.
Artist and SCAD alumnus (M.F.A., photography, 1998) Perry Dilbeck earned the honor of Georgia Author of the Year in 2007 for his monograph of photographs, "The Last Harvest - Truck Farmers in the Deep South," which embraces the pinhole camera, a deceptively simple device. Dilbeck celebrates the elementary equipment for the extraordinary surprises gained in his series that reveals simplicity, light and appreciation for a genuine medium.
Craig Stevens, SCAD Savannah professor of photography, evokes an inherent curious sense of place one gets when standing before the Icelandic landscape. He suggests that we are remarkably close to the essential power of the earth, and yet it remains enigmatic in spite of our physical proximity. Stevens work best reflects the often-ethereal qualities of the region through a conversely tangible and instant medium.
Jon Hill, SCAD Savannah alumnus (B.F.A., photography, 1991); Zig Jackson, SCAD Savannah professor of photography; Adam Kuehl, SCAD Savannah alumnus (B.F.A., photography, 2005) and SCAD Savannah M.F.A. photography student; and notable Savannah photographer, the late Jack Leigh (1948-2004) join the collection and exemplify the strength of SCAD's photography department.
SCAD operates a global exhibitions program with 13 galleries in the United States, France and Hong Kong. The university's annual exhibitions calendar features a range of work by talented SCAD students, professors, alumni and renowned visiting artists. Over the past decade, SCAD galleries have hosted exhibitions featuring work by such internationally renowned artists as Andy Warhol; Christo and Jeanne-Claude; Kader Attia; Cao Fei + Map Office; Karim Rashid; and Chakaia Booker.
Moot Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit scad.edu/hongkong
Media inquiries may be directed to Flora To
at 852 2523 7666.