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
Peralta Elementary School | Modular Origami
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.
Eric William Carroll: Standard Stars
In his series, Standard Stars, Eric William Carroll examines and engages with an archive of decaying astronomical glass plate negatives held by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, North Carolina. The institute’s Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA) contains one of the largest collections of astronomical glass plates and represents nearly 150 years of efforts to study, catalog, and define the cosmos.
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.
Millee Tibbs: Air / Plains
In her series, Air/Plains, artist Millee Tibbs revisits the ever-familiar image of the setting sun. During the course of two weeks working in the Great Plains region of central Nebraska, Tibbs photographed the sun each evening as it disappeared over the horizon. Back in the studio, she produced the images as pigment prints, folded them into common paper airplane designs, and re-photographed the objects.
Twenty-Five Years of First Exposures
Richard Barnes: Murmur
Every winter, hundreds of thousands of starlings migrate from northern Europe to the countryside near Rome in search of a warmer climate. As dusk falls, the birds take flight in dense cloud-like formations known as murmurations. Surging through the evening sky, these swarms of starlings have perplexed and inspired generations of artists and scientists alike with their ability to fly in staggering numbers while maintaining fluid and cooperative movement as a flock.