Sam Krisch, Elements
Ruth C. Horton Gallery
The sheer power and splendor of nature in far-away places is the subject of Sam Krisch’s photographic practice. Over the last five years, Krisch has journeyed to remote locations ranging from the Mohave Desert to Antarctica to capture stunning images of ice formations, the raw force of turbulent waters, and empty expanses of desert landscapes. This exhibition presents a selection of the artist’s digital photographs created between 2013 and 2014, in which his approach to composition verges on the abstract, taking the work beyond documentation into a world of pristine, yet daunting, beauty. These are gorgeous, even idyllic landscapes, tinged nonetheless with the terrifying knowledge that these worlds are slipping away in an irreversible trajectory caused by human forces. Krisch lives and works in Roanoke. He is the adjunct curator of photography at the Taubman Museum of Art and curator of the Taubman’s upcoming exhibition, Paul and John Paul Caponigro: Generations.
Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor
This exhibition features excerpts from Betsy Bannan's multi-panel painting installation, Fly Over (2013) and a new work, The Big Country (2014). Based on aerial views of the earth from planes or satellites, these works are painted on multiple panels and configured into segments up to 30 feet long. They represent the stunning visual experience of seeing the earth from above and the artist's fascination with the changes humans have imposed on the earth, both beautiful and disturbing. Bannan lives in Roanoke. She is an instructor of painting and drawing in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech.
Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery and Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery
Young Artists is a celebration of the vision and imaginative expression of young artists and their teachers in this region. In this year’s vibrant and refreshing showcase of regional young talent, art students from Roanoke’s Community High School will be featured.
Death Valley II, 2014
Archival pigment print
20 X 60 inches