The McLean County Arts Center presents Vaughn Wascovich’s photography exhibition Welcome to Hard Times-East Texas Pinholes in the Brandt Gallery from April 28 through June 10, 2017. The free and public Artist Reception and Art Talk will be on Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm. Wascovich will also give a Workshop on Saturday, June 10, 12-3 pm. The artist will show the process of the old process of taking pictures with pinhole cameras.
Vaughn Wascovich’s work is the result of combining the primitive method of a pinhole camera with digital technology. His work and research are full of social content. Man’s relationship to the environment, compromised landscapes, the politics of indigenous peoples and environmental issues are some of the concepts that come to mind while enjoying the artist’s work. The Northeast Texas landscape is depicted with a poetic and unique vision. Mobile homes, collapsed churches and abandoned farms emphasize the ideas of displacement and transience. These concepts transport us to the richness of the area and also its uncertainty. Light and Time (physical and symbolically) are well addressed in Vaughn's work, each becoming co-creators in the artist’s vision and inviting viewers to consider the work beyond temporal means.
The McLean County Arts Center presents Nate Mathews photography exhibition Nuclear Tourism in the Armstrong Gallery from April 28 through June 17, 2017. The free and public Artist Reception will be on Friday, May 5, 5 - 7 pm.
Nate Mathews presents a body of work that documents a state of mind of the American society. During the 1950’s the U.S. government built facilities with the purpose of being prepared for the cold war. These massive bunkers, silos for ballistic missiles, and national communication networks are subjects containing a precise aesthetic worthy of being admired. By allowing his work to highlight both the beauty and the dark potential purposes of his subject matter, Mathews’ photographs step beyond the pure documentation proposing as many questions as answers.
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