Ritual and Ruin: Tableaux of a Lost War photographs by David Knox
June 14th- July 17th, 2017
Wednesday, June 14th, 5-7:30p
Artist Talk and Lecture
Wednesday, June 14th, 12:00-1:15p
"The ghosts of past centuries find undisturbed refuge in the American South from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains down to the fertile flatlands of the Gulf Coast. For New Orleans-based photographer David Knox, the past resides in the present in many forms - land, crops, architecture, and people. In his most recent body of work, he combines historical images from the American Civil War with his own photographs to create photomontages depicting an imagined, surreal world set somewhere in the mid-19th century South. These “tableaux” weave together the disparate lives of Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War, freedmen and slaves, civilians and clergy. Characters in his fabled scenes and the symbols around them offer fictional narratives that represent and explore hardship, loss, survival, gender, race, class, reli- gion, death, and resurrection. The large-scale images on display (informed by nineteenthcentury printing processes including stereograph, tintype and wet plate collodion) explore the visual possibilities of a region that remains, in part, unwontedly bound to yesterday; where the present is as peculiar and as haunted as its past.
For more than two decades photographer David Knox has lived in the Southeast and documented the region's landscapes and people. His work combines 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographic processes in single image and collage. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. He is a photography teacher and lecturer, and holds a MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute."
"Alan Rothschild, juror for Where Are We, is the founder and president of The Do Good Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South by well-known and emerging photographers working in the region."
"An ongoing work-in-progress, SAME DAY is a photographic performance for right now, a slideshow exploration at the crossroads of global politics and an American family. Looking for connections in the banality of the everyday, SAME DAY exercises at the edge of what’s believable, merging a personal, photographic archive with the ongoing unreality of state-sponsored espionage, thwarted investigations, and a hacked Presidential election."(Ed note: MDM wrote this post!)
Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m.
173 14th St. NE
"Join SCAD for an in-depth conversation with David LaChapelle, who will receive the prestigious SCAD Étoile during SCAD FASHWKND in recognition of his outstanding contributions to art, fashion, film and photography. After the presentation, LaChapelle will share insight into his prolific 30-year career as a photographer and director. His striking images have been featured in numerous magazines from Vogue to Rolling Stone, and he has photographed some of the world’s most recognizable faces.
Étoile — “star in the sky” in French — connotes brilliance, luminosity and glamour. The SCAD Étoile is a tribute to the biggest and brightest stars of the fashion, style and design realms, and recognizes trendsetting, innovative leaders for their monumental contributions. LaChapelle joins a distinguished coterie of SCAD Étoile honorees, including Carolina Herrera, Pierre Cardin, David Yurman, Catherine Deneuve, Cornelia Guest, Russell Simmons, Dakota Jackson, Graydon Carter, Sir David Tang, Robin Givhan and Margaret Russell.
The presentation and conversation are free and open to the public."