Andrew Linn: Astrophotography

Linn

 

August 22 - November 1, 2020

I think it’s a shared human experience to look up at the night sky and wonder about the cosmos. These photographs represent efforts to satisfy my innate curiosity. Astrophotography is a dynamic and exacting art form. Taking long, high-magnification exposures of the night sky that is constantly moving is not a straightforward process.  To create a successful image, clear, dark skies with very little to no moon is the first requirement. Specialized equipment is also necessary including a telescope mount that moves optics and camera at the same speed as the rotation of the earth to pinpoint and follow a specific area in the sky and take an image. Also required is a camera that is optimized for collecting long, low light, a laptop running specialized software, and an unrelenting desire to reveal and bring deep space down to Earth.

These photographs are made, not taken. Gathering sufficient data from an object in deep space to make a good photograph frequently requires multiple imaging sessions over different nights, sometimes weeks or months apart. After capturing the raw data, there is still a fair amount of post-processing necessary to tease the faint details and nebulosity out of the inky black sky. Combining the data from separate files and then editing the resulting image to make incredibly faint objects visible requires dedicated patience.

It has been a steep but rewarding learning curve over 6 years as I have figured out how to use the equipment and software.  I’m largely self-taught through YouTube University (with a Ph D in Trial and Error). This collection represents my best efforts along the way. I hope you find these images as interesting and compelling as I do. Enjoy.

 

Solitude: Sioux City Camera Club

Robert Gillespie Sanddunes

 

November 7, 2020 - January 24, 2021

The Sioux City Camera Club was founded in 1899. The Camera Club and the Sioux City Art Center have had a close relationship since the first dedicated space for the Art Center opened in 1938. A major part of that relationship is the Camera Club working with the Art Center on frequent exhibitions of work by club members.

For this year’s exhibition, the Art Center and the Camera Club agreed upon “Solitude” as the theme for the photographers to consider. This led the photographers to reflect on the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on our lives over the past year. Mining their existing files or aiming their lenses at scenes of solitude, each photographer interrupted the theme in a unique way. Some found inspiration in solitary pursuits – reading a book, creating artwork, taking a stroll in the countryside. Others turned to the quiet of the night sky or the empty streets of the city for their inspiration. By turning inward to discover their own considered responses to solitude, the members of the Sioux City Camera Club encourage us to find our own create pursuits as we spend time alone.

The aims of the Sioux City Camera Club are the mutual education in the science and art of photography, and to promote and encourage advancement of its members in the knowledge and practice of photography. The Sioux City Camera Club is a member of the North Central Camera Club Council and the Photographic Society of America.  

 

Michael Cody Drury: Infinite Jux

Drury

 

January 25 – May 3, 2020

Michael Drury is a Sioux City native and graduate of Morningside College. After graduating from Morningside, he moved to New York, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. He has lived and worked in Queens, New York, since then. The exhibition will include paintings from a number of recent series, but will focus on his series titled Infinite Jux. The title plays on both the well-known, satirical, “post-post-modern” novel by David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, as well as on the idea of “juxtaposition.” The idea behind the series is to paint in a way that brings together two or more visual components—such as foreground and background. The focal point in each painting is not necessarily these individual components, but the edges where they meet. In this way, Michael thinks of the artworks as the equivalent of the work of a DJ, whose skill is defined by how well he/she can overlap different songs.

 

Michael Cody Drury gallery brochure

Wood: Selections from the Permanent Collection

200119

 

August 22 - November 1, 2020

Wood is a sensuous material that has an inherent natural beauty. Many artists like Oscar Littlefield create their sculpture without plan or sketches; rather they allow the structure of the wood grain to guide them into revealing what was hidden in the organic material. Littlefield, like Thiel and Rowan, all reveal an intimate connection between their choosen material and the form and content of their finished pieces. Because wood is a renewable resource, readily available and relatively easy to shape, it has been used by artists and craftspeople throughout the history of the aesthetically built environment as well as for artistic and decorative purposes. Wood was often used for votive and devotional statuary evolving through the history of art into more vernacular and abstract forms like the aviary sculpture seen in this exhibit—from the owl and fledging baby bird to the graceful flamingo and more artfully abstracted bird with spread wings. Wood is appreciated for both its organic beauty and texture; it can also be stained, painted, polished, and varnished like the high sheen seen in Patrick Rowan’s Christmas Tree or mixed with other materials as in Richard Thiel’s wood and steel combination, Fortunate are the Gifted.

 

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