Garth Amundson – Articulations
Nordic Heritage Museum
Exhibition Dates: September 1- October 1, 2005
Artist’s Talk: Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 PM
Reception at the Nordic Heritage Museum September 1, 2005 at 6:00
Garth Amundson’s exhibition entitled “Articulations” opens at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on the evening of September 1, 2005. Spanning an arc of the past 10 years, the work includes new pigment digital prints and several photo/mixed media installations.
“Like a turn-of-the-century photographic historian, [Amundson] continues to pursue his fascination with the sculptural relationship between image and object by creating hand-sewn plastic lenses in order to leave his own imprint on the work. Through cutting and sewing, he investigates the notion of adapting the ordinary lens into a variety of ribbed, long and bulbous shapes. The fabrication of these types of three-dimensional objects allows him to expand on the use of distortion as a tool of invention, while also questioning the idea of originality.”
-Amanda Norenberg, “Who Wears the Pants?”, Afterimage July/August 2005
“Running the gambit from state-of-the art to antiquated and obsolete, Garth Amundson constructs compelling photographic images through a process of collection, definition, and declaration. Over the past five years Amundson’s artistic production has evolved into a more personal based practice, in both process and content. While continuing to address larger social, cultural, and political concerns, the locus of the work has narrowed to a more personal realm as the artist investigates and defines his household and ancestry. Cameras are often used to capture what is ‘out there,’ but Amundson uses photography to explore what is inside and who he is.”
-Merry Scully, Independent Curator
Amundson, who is of Nordic descent and spent a residency working in a studio at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway, brings a fresh eye to the challenges of modern photography. If you’ve never ventured to Ballard to visit the Nordic Heritage Museum, September is the time to go.