Saturday, October 25, 2014
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 1-4 pm John Folsom in attendance
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by John Folsom, entitled "Diminishing Returns".
John Folsom's new series of process oriented photographs presents the area of Banff, Alberta as a historically picturesque destination while illuminating some of the problems associated with climate change. Conceived during a 2 week residency at the Banff Centre, this series was created using a combination of techniques. Photographs are enhanced and obscured by the use of oil paint and other media presenting the hiking trails of the park system as a grand introspective escape. This romantic vision invites the viewer to bring their own reference, moving the work beyond its specific geography to a place inhabiting personal memory.
Folsom is interested in the space of land as a cultural construct and its relationship to the aesthetic issues of the history of painting and the tourist experience. His practice demonstrates the collective potential of landscape images through the intersection of painting and photography.
A sound installation component will complement "Diminishing Returns". Comprised of turntables, lathe cut vinyl records and 2 cast Alpine horns, the sounds of low rumbling avalanches and birds will play continuously throughout the exhibition. The installation highlights the problems associated with climate change at higher altitudes, in particular how it affects bird’s migratory zones. Over time, the vinyls will erode, diminishing the sound quality, and the repeated plays will eliminate the bird songs.
John Folsom graduated from the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL with a BA in Cinema and Photography. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout North America and can be found in collections around the world, including Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel Switzerland, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN and the Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta GA, as well as many private collections.