UNH Art Gallery Exhibitions
Focus On Capturing The Moment
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Jan. 10, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – Images that capture the realism of the moment
through photography and painting are the focus of two new exhibitions
opening at the University of New Hampshire Art Gallery Thursday,
Jan. 20, 2005.
The exhibitions, Prospect of Light: Images from Pinhole and Plastic
Cameras and George Nick: An Artist's Conscience, explore
the use of natural, unmanipulated light to capture the moment, resulting
in images that showcase the color and tonal quality of their diverse
subjects. The preview reception for both exhibitions takes place
on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 5-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
With the growing popularity and ease of digital photography, the
basic process of capturing an image has been obscured. Prospect
of Light: Images from Pinhole and Plastic Cameras features photographs
made using “low-tech” equipment -- pinhole (primitive,
lens-less) cameras and plastic ($2 plastic Diana or Holga) cameras.
The works, made by photographers from throughout the United States
and France, represent a range of visionary styles. While these artists
may choose to shoot with primitive equipment, their printing choices
incorporate very sophisticated techniques. The exhibit runs through
The exhibition, organized by the University of Maine Museum of Art,
includes work by photographers Jonathan Bailey, John Boeckeler,
Daniel Bouzard, David Burnett, Anne-Claude Cotty, Walter Crump,
Christopher James, Gregg D. Kemp, Douglas Lucak, Robert Owen, Harvey
Stein, Craig J. Sterling, and Willie Anne Wright. Jonathan Bailey,
who served as guest co-curator, will present a gallery talk on the
exhibition on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at noon at The Art Gallery, as
part of the ArtBreak program series.
George Nick, 1928 Bugatti Type 35 B Works Car, 1999 oil
on linen, 41" x 32".
In George Nick: An Artist's Conscience, the acclaimed realist
painter presents works created over the past 25 years. Throughout
his career, George Nick has sought to find and capture the “truthfulness”
in the world around him. His images of urban architecture, the landscape,
and classic automobiles reflect his direct and immediate approach
to painting. Regardless of the imagery, the prime intention and
desire is to capture the moment. The exhibit runs through March
Nick, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, will
present a slide lecture and gallery talk on the exhibition Wednesday,
Feb. 2, at noon at The Art Gallery.
George Nick: An Artist's Conscience was organized by the
Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., with the support of Gallery
NAGA, Boston, and Fischbach Gallery, New York. Its UNH showing is
funded in part by the S. Melvin and Mary Jo Rines Art Exhibition
Fund. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color, 48-page catalogue
written by John Stomberg, curator of Williams College Museum, Williamstown,
Mass., and David Cohen, Gallery Director at the New York Studio
School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
ArtBreak Series: Wednesdays, noon -1 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, programs are in the Paul Creative Arts
Jan. 26: Slide Lecture: Found Photos. Andrew Warren, Department
of Art and Art History instructor of photography, presents a slide
discussion on discarded photos and their social commentary on our
personal views and contemporary lifestyles. Room A219.
Feb. 2: Slide Lecture/Gallery Talk: George Nick discusses his work
on view in George Nick: An Artist's Conscience. Room A219 and The
Feb. 9: Performance/Discussion: Cast members from the Theatre and
Dance Department perform excerpts from Shakespeare’s romantic
comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The Art Gallery.
Feb. 16: Slide Discussion: Valerie Cunningham, co-author of Black
Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African-American Heritage, discusses
the importance of archival photographs to historical research. Room
Feb. 23: Slide Lecture/Gallery Talk: Jonathan Bailey, co-curator
of the exhibition Prospect of Light: Images from Pinhole and
Plastic Cameras, discusses the history, use, and impact of “low-tech”
photographic images. Room A219 and The Art Gallery.
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions, special events, and weekly
ArtBreak programs to the general public, free of charge. Hours of
operation during the academic year are Monday-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4
p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5
p.m. The museum is closed on Fridays, university holidays, and during
exhibition changes. The exhibitions and programs are supported in
part by the Friends of The Art Gallery.
Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available
with advance reservation by contacting Catherine Wright, Education
and Publicity Coordinator, at 603-862-3713 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the exhibitions and programs, contact The
Art Gallery at 603-862-3712, email@example.com, or visit our website:
Editors: A photo of George Nick’s work is available for
download at http://www.unh.edu/news/img/artgallery/nick.jpg.
Cutline: George Nick, 1928 Bugatti Type 35 B Works Car, 1999 oil
on linen, 41" x 32".