TELLURIDE – The Telluride Mountainfilm 2014 Gallery Walk takes place Friday, May 23, 3:30-6:30 p.m., with artists speaking at their respective exhibition locations at 5:15 p.m.
Debra Bloomfield’s large color photographs – subdued, minimal views of wooded wilderness lands – are displayed at High Camp, in Mountain Village. Also at High Camp: Klaus Pichler’s photo series, “Skeletons in the Closet,” chronicles what he saw upon peering into a basement window in Vienna museum. What he saw there – an office with a desk, computer, shelves and a stuffed antelope – made him wonder what museums were like behind the scenes, inspiring this funny and thoughtful photo.
At Spruce St. Park, in front of the Mason’s Theater, look for Carter Brooks’ installations incorporating steel rigging and large blocks of ice, in a constant state of transformation, well worth revisiting as the weekend progresses.
At La Cocina de Luz, the wildlife photography of Florian Schulz, which has appeared in the Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History, is on display. Schulz has inspired people across the globe to protect endangered
ecosystems and wilderness areas through his strong conservation vision. “He is a bit of a rock star,” Mountainfilm Festival Director David Holbrooke says of the award-winning photographer whose Yellowstone to Yukon – Freedom to Roam, published in 2005, was dubbed one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Books of the Year” by the Independent Book Publishers IPPY Awards, under the category “Most Likely to Save the Planet.” Schultz is the youngest founding member of the HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_League_of_Conservation_Photographers” \o “International League of Conservation Photographers” International League of Conservation Photographers, which encourages photographers to use their talents to help create an understanding for the natural world. Also on display at La Cocina de Luz are urban explorer Steve Duncan’s photographs of sewers and underground waterways that shimmer unexpectedly.
Telluride photographer/filmmaker Ben Knight, whose new film, DamNation (with Travis Rummel), comes to Mountainfilm on the heels of its premiere at South by Southwest, teamed up with producer Matt Stoecker to photograph beautiful river environments they encountered while filming DamNation; at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. Also exhibiting here: Maggie Taylor, whose artwork is featured on the 2014 Mountainfilm festival poster. Taylor creates whimsical photomontages that have been described as a contemporary exploration of surrealism. Her works has been featured at international exhibitions, collected privately and featured in books published by Adobe Press and Modernbook Editions. The photographs of Jerry Uelsmann, whose work is in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and whose darkroom experiments with multiple images in the darkroom are considered to have shattered the boundaries of photography decades ago, are displayed at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, as well.
At the Strong House, former Mountainfilm staffer Eugénie Frerichs’ integrates a deep study of wilderness into her work, some of which (“Men in Trees”) was shot in Telluride. Look for Frerichs over the weekend in a roving performance piece titled “The Gospel According to John Muir.” Hunter Metcalfe specializes in old-style tintype photographs; over the course of the Memorial Day Weekend, he will photograph alpinists, to expand his exhibit at the Strong House.
Aaron Huey returns to Mountainfilm with a collection of photographs displayed this year at Arroyo. National Geographic and Harper’s photographer Huey has collected photos of Sherpa climbers’ summits from the climbers and their families, often from their homes, exhibited to honor these strong, skilled and courageous men. Also at Arroyo, the angular paintings of Thom Ross harken back to a time when alpinists summited in hobnail boots and wool pants, capturing a remarkable age of discovery and telling the story of men driven to explore. A woman driven to explore, Katie Lee, folksinger/author/photographer/videographer/wilderness activist, adventurer and one of the Southwest’s greatest environmental advocates, spent countless days tromping around Glen Canyon with friends before it was dammed in 1966 and thereafter covered by Lake Powell. Nude photographs of Lee, taken by Martin D. Koehler (now deceased) in October 1957, show her in the sensual environment of the canyon, at Arroyo. Jenni Lowe-Anker’s paintings from the Himalaya, produced over the course of repeated trips to the region with her husband, Conrad Anker illustrating the interaction between the forbidding mountains and the indigenous wildlife that thrives in them, are displayed at Arroyo, as well.
Gary Lang, artist-in-residence at Gallery 81435, considers words so powerful that he began incorporating them into his work. Words “make you cry,” he says; “They give you hope. I didn’t realize they were the doors to worlds.” While in Telluride, Lang has create new pieces inspired by the alpine world that is so different from his home in Ojai, Calif.
The work of a group of National Geographic Young Explorers – Annie Agnone, Devlin Gandy, Jeffrey Kerby and Amber Valenti – is displayed at Ah Haa West, while at Ah Haa East, Reza’s photographs from international conflicts and human rights hotspots around the world (appearing primarily in National Geographic) are displayed, a profound testament to his belief in the deep and abiding power of photojournalism that led him to start photography classes in troubled areas in need of activist storytelling.
Former Telluride resident and filmmaker Chris Hanson (Scrapple; North Slope, Alaska) displays images at the Steaming Bean of the Northern Lights shot on location for the television show, Ice Road Truckers. And Nevada Wier, known for her ethnographic photography of Nevada Wier that has appeared in National Geographic and Outside magazines, displays, at Mélange, a stark and different new series of color infrared images, giving her subjects an otherworldly feel and encouraging viewers to see the world differently.