Announcing… Upcoming Solo Exhibitions by Jared Ragland & Alyssa Salomon
May 5 – June 24, 2017
Jared Ragland, “Untitled,” 2015. Edition of 5. 28″ x 35″ Archival Pigment Print
Jared Ragland: Everything is Going to Be All Right
“All these years I have been assuming that between us words mean roughly the same thing, that among certain people, gentlefolk I don’t mind calling them, there exists a set of meanings held in common.” – Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
In “Everything is Going to Be All Right” Jared Ragland reflects on his personal history living in the American South and visually narrates the existential journey of Walker Percy’s character, Binx Bolling from the 1961 novel, The Moviegoer. Set in New Orleans, The Moviegoer follows Binx’s pilgrimage for a clearer understanding of himself. In a similar way, Ragland’s work challenges viewers to experience beyond the lens of visual observation, encouraging them to reflect within, and strive for a more personal understanding. Steeped in the New Orlean’s landscape, the images within the series are a combination of black and white photographs and appropriated, digitally sourced images that often blur our perception of reality and evoke a deeper meaning.
Jared Ragland is an Alumnus of LaGrange College and received his Master of Fine Art in Photography from Tulane University in 2003. He currently resides in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
Alyssa Salomon, “06130013-2 2016-06-13 PFVA,” 2016. 22″ x 17″ Van Dyke Photo on Pigmented Cotton Rag Paper
Alyssa Salomon: ANIMAL LAND
Alyssa Salomon’s newest series, “Animal Land” explores the nocturnal landscape and the feral beauty hidden within heavily developed places along the East Coast corridor. Over the course of the last year Salomon has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, collaborating with biologist Anne Wright, Rice’s Director of Environmental Outreach, to highlight the mysticism of the ecosystems within the Central Virginia section of the James River Watershed. Salomon transforms night-vision stills from digital infrared cameras into handmade van dyke prints, resulting in romantic visions of unseen environments. In this ongoing photographic project, Salomon invites viewers to reconsider familiar landscapes as being cohabited by humans and other species, presenting moments experienced by non-human animals that are often overlooked and would otherwise not occur in the presence of humans.
Special thanks are due Anne Wright for allowing use of imagery collected from biodiversity research in James River Park System. To Dr. Leonard Smock, Dr. Greg Garman, Anne Wright, Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, Science in the Park, Nathan Burrell and James River Park System, appreciation and admiration for innovative thinking, imaginative research, generosity, and spectacularly rich habitats.