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Artist's Opening Reception: Emmet Gowin at Pace/MacGill Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Landscapes Andalucía

Exhibition Dates: November 7 - January 4, 2014

Opening with the Artist:

Thursday, November 7

5:30 - 7:30 pm


Landscapes Andalucía is composed of over 20 pigment prints of aerial views of the Spanish province of Granada, commissioned by FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE in 2012 and presented at Gowin's retrospective there this past summer. The exhibition marks the US debut of these works.

Gowin has been photographing the natural world for over 20 years from above. His interest in this overhead perspective emerged in 1980, when he documented the volcanic devastation following the eruption of Washington's Mount St. Helens from a small plane. Struck by the untouched quality of the terrain and the vast visibility an elevated viewpoint afforded, Gowin proceeded to create a series of aerial photographs over the next two decades.

After what mounted to a decade hiatus Gowin produced a body of work over his hometown of Granada. The work captures the vibrant color of the spanish countryside. Made with a digital camera and gyroscope the flowing fields, tree-lined hills, rugged breaks and badlands become a patchwork before our eyes. The soil variations add great affect to the visual delight and in the buttery afternoon light unexpected forms emerge.

Emmet Gowin received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967. Gowin is is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977, 1979), and has exhibited internationally at such notable institutions as MOMA, the Corcoran Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery, and the Espace Photographie Marie de Paris, among others.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Pace/MacGill Gallery

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