Views of the Lake
Lago Vista Gallery – Richland College
November 2 – December 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Nov 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Richland College is proud to present Cassandra Emswiler. A recent MFA graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, Cassandra will exhibit new work based on quotidian details, mass production and personal memories.
The artist explains,
“While moving to Lake Texoma over the summer, I gave up my collection of found and store bought flooring tiles. In its place, I’ve begun designing and printing my own tiles, searching for the ideological origins of all the boring and predictable motifs that find their way onto mass produced flooring. These new photographic prints are concerned with how wilderness ends up grafted onto symbolic, orderly space, how an impression of nature is trained to fit within a grid—of a garden, or a bathroom floor—which allows for strangely controlled flourishes and emblems that are part of our collective memory.
Each tile mimics contemporary design trends while directly quoting historical French formal gardens from the 17th and 18th century. Looking at engravings of many of these garden ground plans is like looking at an assortment of flooring tiles from Home Depot.
Beneath the white graphic motifs are snapshots of landscapes, which interest me for their banal qualities and personal significance as documents of lakes I have visited in Texas and Michigan. Designing tiles has become a way for me to quietly combine traces of my own biography and family mythology with my concerns for the public built environment and photography’s relationship to faux veneer building materials.
When I am out on Lake Texoma in my kayak, I dream I am in Rock Harbor off the shores of Isle Royale. In visiting and documenting each of these lakes, they have all become the same place.”
The Joy of Storm Hunting – A Photo and Story Presentation
Behold stunning thunderheads, breath taking lightning bolts and tornadoes mixed with inspirational stories of the hunt.
Taste awe, magnificence, splendor, and wonder beyond words!
Here is your chance to interact with a professional storm hunter who has been stalking weather for more than 40 years.
Stephen Eric Levine, M.A.
ENCORE PERFORMANCE, ARTIST TALK: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12-1 PM
Sabine Hall, room 117.
Richland College’s Lago Vista Gallery presents the storytelling and photography of renowned storm chaser Stephen Levine. The Joy of Storm Hunting will feature several images from Levine’s adventures, acting as both documentation and a glimpse of the profound. In a geographic climate of increasing weather extremes, the work speaks of intense beauty while presenting a reminder of the natural world’s overwhelming power. During the opening reception on Wednesday, October 19th from 12-1 PM Levine will present an energetic narrative uniting his experiences and passions for storm chasing with celestial divinity. The exhibition will be on display from October 19th through November 18th, 2011.
Currently working at Richland College, Stephen Eric Levine, M.A., has been storm chasing since 1977. Often described as “magnificent” or “awe inspiring,” Levine’s images document the sublime intensity of our planet despite the dangers inherent in such a practice. In 1995 he created “Tornado Alley Safari Tours,” which allowed clients to experience lightning storms and tornados. “Tornado Alley Safari Tours” garnered national and international attention with National Geographic TV, Tom Brokaw Evening News, CBS Hardcopy, Japan Radio, and London’s UK newspaper. For more information on Levine please visit http://www.joyfulstormhunting.com/
The Joy of Storm Hunting and all related events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 9AM-9 PM Monday through Thursday, 9AM-4PM Friday and Saturday 12-4PM.