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Professor Dr. Starratt to Take Gallery Visitors to ‘Sacred Places’

Posted: February 21, 2019

WNC Professor Hal Starratt features architecture from Tucume, a pre-Hispanic site in Peru, in his upcoming “Sacred Places” exhibit at WNC.

WNC professor Dr. Hal Starratt will take you to “Sacred Places” in his exhibit showcasing 40 years of photographing ancient locations in Latin America and Europe.

Next month,

The exhibits run from March 4 through April 8. There is a reception for the artists scheduled for March 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

“Sacred Places take many forms for people who build impressive monuments to their beliefs,” said Starratt, who teaches anthropology and photography at WNC. “The amazing and beautiful forms these monuments have taken, their lasting testament to the dedication of the faithful, and the devotion and sacrifice required to construct them is wondrous today in a world of disposable things.”

Starratt is a lifelong photographer who started out in his father’s darkroom as a boy.

The black and white photo exhibit includes Mesoamerican archeological sites and images of Catholic churches and cathedrals in Mesoamerica and Spain. Some of the images were made as 35 millimeter slides dating to the 1970s, others were made during the 1980s as 4-by-5 large format negatives and most recently many were made with a digital camera during his sabbatical leave in 2018.

Shearer’s “Temporal Cycles” prints convey the essence of life contained in physical forms and bodily cycles, visible on the surface and beyond what the eye can see.

“While I reference the human body and organic forms, the resulting prints become more abstract as I record my reaction to the mystery and wonder of the human body in connection to the larger world,” Shearer said. “The images become alive and move on a two dimensional plane. They emerge from the surface of the paper and give the viewer a sense of wonder and feelings of uncertainty. They slowly grow and expand as they cycle repeatedly through the press, building layer upon layer of imagery and history.

“The form and its environment are closely related and often share similar components. This sharing of components emphasizes the idea that we are part of a greater whole, and that the air we breathe into our lungs is the same air that is exhaled and moves between our inner world and the outer world. Thinking about what happens both outside our bodies and within the vessel we call the body.”

The Main Gallery is located in the Bristlecone Building at 2201 W. College Parkway in Carson City. The gallery is open during school hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WNC Art Galleries is currently showing Steampunk with High Desert Steam. The exhibit will be shown through Feb. 26.