Michael Phipps Gallery (W. Dale Clark [Main] Library): July/August Exhibition Opening Reception featuring Buck Christensen & Betni Kalk
I will be showing a print series of photographs I took during and after the wildfire of April 22, 2018, that reduced most of the Council Bluffs riverfront between the Veterans Memorial Bridge (South Omaha Bridge) and the Western Historic Trails Center to smoldering stumps and vast fields of white ash, fueled by strong wind, dead vegetation, and fallen timber that had been killed years ago by flooding of the Missouri River. What began as a foolhardy exercise in curiosity became a study of smoke, light, lines, and destruction.
I’ve always been interested in and sought out fog, frost, deep snow, and other natural elements that render a scene more or less into simplified abstract forms. The fire and smoke had done just that to the area I was photographing along the riverfront, but in a much starker and inhospitable context than I’d ever experienced before.
The opening reception is on July 5, 2019, at 4-6 pm, and a discussion with the artists will begin around 5 pm.
The official event page can be found here: https://omaha.bibliocommons.com/events/5c50984dfb2c793f002b3123?_ga=2.65373866.586006759.1558541704-1523884379.1556811601