Keliy Anderson-Staley: [hyphen] Americans
Since 2005, Houston-based artist Keliy Anderson-Staley has been photographing individuals across the United States using the tintype process, a nineteenth-century wet-plate photo-graphic process that was commonly used in portraiture and ethnographic studies through the 1930s. Unlike film, this process requires the artist to coat each photographic plate in light-sensitive chemicals, expose the photograph, and develop it—all while the image surface is still wet.
Our Land: Photographs by Students of the Urban School of San Francisco
Philip Cheung: The Central Pacific
In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act promoted the construction of a transcontinental railroad and tasked the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) and the Union Pacific Railroad companies to build a locomotive corridor between the eastern and western United States. Over the course of seven years, the two companies would race towards each other from opposite sides of the country, meeting in Promontory, Utah, in May of 1869.
Early morning and looking out of the airplane window, watching as the mist rises from the peaks and valleys below. Sunlight filters through the moisture, creating discrete layers of mountains—monochromatic and shifting with the movement of the sun, the atmosphere, and of me, flying above.
—Vanessa Marsh, 2019
San Mateo High School: A World of Possibilities
David Shannon-Lier: Of Heaven and Earth
In his ongoing series, Of Heaven and Earth, artist David Shannon-Lier produces large-scale photographs that consider the landscape on both a human and cosmic scale. Building site-specific installations in the landscape, Shannon-Lier intervenes with the terrain in front of his camera to create visual interactions—revealed through long-exposure photographs—between the earth and the celestial bodies above it.
Drew Nikonowicz: This World and Others Like It
From the earliest geographical survey images of the American West made by William Henry Jackson (1843–1942), to the iconic square-format photographs of the lunar surface produced by the Apollo 11 mission, the medium of photography has long been associated with the discovery and documentation of uncharted territory. In his series, This World and Others Like It, artist Drew Nikonowicz draws upon the language of nineteenth-century survey images to investigate the role of the explorer in present times.
The Modern Consumer — 1950s Products and Style
A new wave of consumerism swept across much of the population of the United States during the 1950s. Driven by a thriving postwar economy, designers utilized bold styling to transform everyday objects into visually expressive items, and manufacturers unleashed an array of products to keep pace with demand. Stores carried everything from portable televisions and pocket-sized radios to space-age toys and plastic dinnerware sets.
Michael Light: Sidereal Rift
In his project, Sidereal Rift, artist Michael Light draws focus on the seemingly endless grid of Los Angeles at night. Made over the course of a single evening from a helicopter, Light photographed the glowing arteries of Southern California as they emerged from the darkened landscape below.