Senses of Place
Susan Wides’ talk at WAAM will probe the concepts and aesthetics of her 14 year photographic study of the perception of place in the Catskills / Hudson River Valley.
Using a 4×5 camera with a movable lens, Wides manipulates the focal plane as a way of simulating contemporary perception. The camera lens calls the viewer to experience the perception of place – to soak up its light, its spaces, its history, its potential – and to see it anew.
Many of the photographs have been made at the actual sites of romanticized Hudson River School paintings. Rather than idealize the region, Wides tackles the marks of environmental degradation head on, as well as beholding our area’s persistent sense of place in need of preserving.
$10 ($5 for WAAM members, seniors & students with ID)
WAAM Dialogues are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation.
Wides at Kim Foster earlier this year:“All the Worlds” features nine large and mesmerizing panoramic photos that are the latest in Susan Wides’s ongoing “Mannahatta” series. In these works, she documents New York City and environs using a distinctive manipulated lens technique that she was one of the first to popularize. Consistently disorienting and exhilarating, the images
convey the crowded realities and unrealities of city life, from an Occupy Wall Street demonstration to tourists posing with a likeness of drag superstar RuPaul at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
Images courtesy Kim Foster Gallery
Wides’s solo exhibitions include The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz and Urbi et Orbi Galerie, Paris. Group exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The High Museum, Atlanta; and The Municipal Art Society, New York. Work by the artist is held in many public collections, including The International Center of Photography, New York; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Art Museum of Princeton University; La Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College; The Norton Museum of Art, FL and the Museum of The City of New York. Recent publications include “Horizontal New York,”(Rizzoli) by Marla Hamburg Kennedy and “New York in Color”(Abrams) by Robert Shamis. Wides regularly contributes to magazines, such as “Harpers” and “New York”. Her work recently appeared on the cover of “Performance New York,” the 100th issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.