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Artist's Reception: Jack Ridley at PDNB

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Large format views of Big Bend National Park

Exhibition Dates: June 23 - September 1, 2012

Cocktails with the Artist
Friday, July 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm

For more than 25 years Jack Ridley has been visiting and documenting Big Bend National Park with his 8 x 10 view camera. The Texas treasure comes alive in expansive frames that keep with the tradition of 19th century photographers who worked to visually record and preserve the beauty and the legacy of the American West. The work resonates with the same power as Ridley's predecessors including Carlton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Eadweard Muybridge. Riley's work is more than a touching dedication to tradition; the act of bringing this time-honored approach to the present not only yields lovely results but reminds our generation to take pause and appreciate the treasures of the natural world. We are literally implicated. Standing before the works we feel the great expanse of plane, the height of peak, the grit of gravel and dust, the cool flowing of winding streams. Ridley's choice to work in black and white again keeps with tradition, but its smart avoidance of the distraction of color allows us deeper looking. The sense of awe at nature becomes even greater. Particular power and elegance is found in Punta de la Sierra & Rio Grande, Loop Camp where heavy but sweeping clouds balance against the winding river and give way to lush fields with a dramatic mountain peek in the distance. Time itself is engaged in a simpler frame, a detail, a fragment of history itself Lava Rocks on Ash, and we are reminded of the endurance of nature. These works transport us; with time and attention we travel the trails of Big Bend.

Cocktails and lite fare will be served
Please R.S.V.P. by July 18th to
Desiree or 214.969.1852

For more information on this exhibition please visit PDNB Gallery

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