November 23, 2011

Photo Exhibit Showcases Great Basin Spaces, Changes

Pony Express Trail Near Austin, NV by Daniel Cheek
Pony Express Trail Near Austin, NV by Daniel Cheek

Western Nevada College Fallon Gallery presents “Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey,” an exhibition of 30 photographs by three regional artists: Adam Jahiel, Daniel Cheek and Nolan Preece, which examines change in the American West.

It is on display Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Virgil Getto Hall gallery. WNC will host a public reception on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m., at the gallery.

“The college is pleased to host this exhibit over the holiday season,” said Gallery Director Gil Martin. “It provides an opportunity to see the work of three unique artists and their responses to a rapidly changing landscape."

In the exhibit, the Great Basin is roughly defined as the area between the Wasatch Mountains along the Idaho and Utah borders and the Sierra Nevada Mountains along the Nevada and California borders. The three photographers featured have independently concentrated on the documentation of subjects that are changing or rapidly disappearing from the Western landscape.

Geologically, the Great Basin is part of the Basin and Range Province that covers most of Nevada and more than half of Utah, as well as parts of California, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Jahiel’s photography of cowboys in Northern Nevada poignantly illustrates both their rugged way of life and its marginalization in contemporary society. Cheek’s work celebrates the spaciousness of the Great Basin, which is then juxtaposed with small intrusions in the landscapes that are indicative of a changing West. Preece examines the rustic patina that is diminishing with restoration and development across the Great Basin.

The work of each photographer reflects a distinct style and technique, perfected during careers as highly regarded professional artists. Jahiel uses the platinum print to archive and preserve his images for the future. Cheek works with an 8 x 10 camera to reproduce the rich color of the Great Basin on chromogenic photo paper, and Preece combines large format and digital cameras to produce black & white and color images of high quality.

“These photographers capture with poignancy and boldness, the dramatic space of the Great Basin and our place in it,” Martin said.

The exhibit was organized by the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affair; It is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative. Traveling Exhibition Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Legislature. Special thanks to the Darrell Armuth and Donna Hellwinkel Collection for loan of their Adam Jahiel platinum prints for this exhibition.

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Photos (Click to Enlarge)
Bodie Bulletholes by Nolan Preece
Bodie Bulletholes by Nolan Preece
Remuda #5, Spanish Ranch, NV by Adam Jahiel    
Remuda #5, Spanish Ranch, NV by Adam Jahiel    
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