Bard College Presents Photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood on Exhibit During SummerScape 2015
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College presents Adrift: Photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood in the Weis Atrium of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts LUMA Theater from June 21 to August 17. The exhibition is open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m and is free of charge.
Rhinecliff-based photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s Hudson River photographs reframe segments of air, ice, and water into vivid color fields, geometric abstractions, and flattened motifs. By removing perspective and context, her unmodified images seize ephemeral moments within everyday occurrences and heighten them into foreign, unfamiliar pictures. Fourteen of these large-scale images are presented in the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center as part of Bard SummerScape 2015.
Recognized as one of “5 Artists to Watch” in the 2015 Photography Edition of artnetnews, Carolyn Marks Blackwood is “a modern day artist for whom the Hudson River is also an unfailing muse. Consumed by her daily photographic study of the water over which her studio is perched—as well as the sky that hovers above it—Blackwood’s images are not the romantic vistas of her predecessors, but almost their opposite: focused close-ups that capture the river’s power through the drama of detail. Instead of coalescing several scenes into one, her photographs are a celebration of the variation a single geographic location can elicit through the constantly changing conditions of wind, light, day, night, temperature and tide,” writes Carol Diehl in her essay Elements of Place.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Carolyn Marks Blackwood attended New York University and received her B.S. from Livingston College, Rutger’s University. Solo exhibitions include On the Edge at Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); The Elements of Place at the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY (2014); Strange Beauty at The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT (2013); and The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart at The Alan Klotz Gallery in New York City (2011). Marks Blackwood is represented by Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles. For more information about the artist, please visit www.cmblackwood.com/photography.
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