Mark Klett: Then + Now
Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of work by photographer Mark Klett, Then + Now. Both narrator and participant, poet and geologist, Mark Klett is renowned for reinventing landscape photography beginning in the 1970s by rephotographing locations previously visited by 19th and early 20th century photographers and pairing or incorporating the earlier images with his photographs to comment on physical and cultural changes in the western landscape. Klett has spent his career exploring the ways in which a subject – whether the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone – is defined and even misrepresented through photography.
Then+Now contrasts images from the series, Revealing Territory (c. late 1970s to late 1980s) with work from the recent series, Camino del Diablo (2011-2013). Both series record Klett’s personal observations of the landscape. Camino del Diablo is based on the memoir of Raphael Pumpelly, a young mining engineer who journeyed by stagecoach along the dangerous Camino del Diablo trail to take a job at the Santa Rita copper mine in 1860. His memoir, Across America and Asia (1870) was written roughly during the same period as the first western geological surveys that Klett covered in his early work. Revisiting the Camino del Diablo, which partly parallels the U.S.-Mexico border, took him through the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, suggesting a continuous narrative of violence in the American west, from the lawlessness of the Camino del Diablo to the complex interplay of immigration and national security politics that now dominates the area.
Then + Now opens with an artist reception, 7-10 pm on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Hours: 11am-5pm, Tues-Sat and by appointment. For more information contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at Etherton Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 624-7370.
Images ©Mark Klett