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Elements

Mar 8, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019

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Featuring:
RUSSELL BROWN
BONNY LHOTKA
KEVIN HOTH
ROBERT BUELTEMAN
CONOR KING
JANE FULTON ALT

Opening: Friday, March 8, 2019 | 5-9 pm
On view through: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Denver’s highly regarded biennial Month of Photography is back; a month long, city-wide celebration recognizing photography’s strong standing in the contemporary art world. Through varying elements of photography, from traditional silver gelatin prints to a 3D augmented reality installation, this group exhibition will display the four basic elements that
command the natural world. Showcasing earth, air, fire and water, these artists attempt to capture the essence
of movement over time through patterns, capturing the splendor of motion to demonstrate the forceful
power that keeps us at the mercy of the elements.


RUSSELL BROWN, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Inc., as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor, will feature his interactive installation as a guest artist for WFA. Brown has always held a fascination for the power and beauty of the natural elements in the world. The splendor of motion, along with the impossible patterns and textures that impact us every day, continue to inspire. For this exhibition, Brown highlights his favorite elements of wind, rain and fire in his augmented reality installation, designed to invoke the impossible. Accompanying his 3D installation are photographs of dendritic drainage patterns which developed in regions underlain by homogenous material from his series Flowing Water.

BONNY LHOTKA presents her Air Above: Air Below series. Views from above and below share a common spectacle of distance. Air flows around, over, and under the landscape, felt but unseen. She captures the essence of movement, using the patterns in clouds that alternately reveal and obscure the view above and space below. Lhotka searches for the simplicity of movement or stillness in the landscape.

KEVIN HOTH questions: How can one show the expansive space all around in a single two-dimensional image? After experimenting, Hoth realized he could use a mirror to join the space behind with the space in front. This series clicked into place when he joined the horizon line behind him to the one in front. In this way, Hoth creates a temporary landscape that exists only in the captured image.

ROBERT BUELTEMAN is an artist whose fascination with transcendence is reflected in his photographs, portraying the universe as alive and life as mysterious and profound. Whether examining the grand landscape or inquiring into the design of plants, his print work is a powerful extraction of beauty and substance, revealing unrecognized dimensions in the commonplace. Robert Buelteman honors the traditions of western Black-and-White landscape by making all of his prints by hand from film exposed using analog processes and chemistry mixed from scratch. Doing so keeps his feet on the ground and empowers him to fulfill his vision of his subject.

CONOR KING, a new artist to WFA, exhibits his Eagle Island series. Rogue waves, long considered to be myth, were not scientifically proven to be real until 1995. However, in 1861, a potential rogue wave struck the east lighthouse on Eagle Island, Ireland, which stood over 200 feet above sea level. The event damaged the lighthouse, shattering 23 panes of glass, breaking parts of its Fresnel lens, and filling the tower with water. King’s work in this exhibition recounts these events through the use of digitized imagery.

JANE FULTON ALT believes fire and water are the outcome of a serendipitous moment, when what is known is reconfigured, creating a field of ambiguity, a new reality or dreamscape. This body of work has, most recently, taken on a political significance as our government strips away policies that address the pressing challenges of climate change.

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