Photographer makes a splash at the Dennos
By Kelsey Lauer 6/15/09
Step inside a different world - or make those two different worlds - at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, where two exhibits from noted photographer Charles Lindsay will take center stage this summer.
UPSTREAM: Fly Fishing in the American West, from June 21 - Sept. 20, features 25 large format black and white photographs (40 x 40) shot for a book of the same title with author Tom McGuane.
Lindsay captures the essence of solo fly-fishing, at times even delving beneath the water to enter the world of the trout.
We are very pleased to be able to host this exhibition in the year that Traverse City will host the 50th Anniversary conference of Trout Unlimited in August, said Gene Jenneman, director of the Dennos Museum Center.
The description for the book UPSTREAM: Fly Fishing in the American West reads: At times photographing beneath the surface of the water, Lindsay literally enters the world of the trout. In this close observance of the cosmos within the river, he explores the fundamental relationship of all life to water. The photographs in Upstream illuminate a primitive world of elemental beauty and fractured light -- abstract and utterly in motion.
Lindsays images taken from beneath the water will lead museum goers to his next exhibit, CARBON: The Cosmic Worlds of Charles Lindsay.
CARBON, set to run June 24-Sept. 20, is an installation of large-scale photographs, most of which will cover the entire gallery walls.
The photographs are made from negatives that utilize a carbon emulsion on a transparent base the result of many experiments and manipulation. Numerous generations in the fluids history create minute evaporation trails, rendering an archeology of time and creating a landscape that seems to belong to a foreign world, more suitable to the moon than to planet Earth.
Jenneman said that a local company in Traverse City will print the images that will be displayed in the CARBON exhibit.
When Charles asked me if there was anyone I know who could print his images of the scale he wanted for our galleries, I told him the only company in Traverse City I knew that could do what he wanted was Britten Banners, Jenneman said. Paul Britten and I met with Charles in New York City last December and the project was underway.
According to Jenneman, the exhibit will also be Dennos Museums first to allow visitors to take home an actual piece of the exhibit - although only once the exhibit has closed.
When the exhibition closes the banner photos will be recycled by Brittens Prior Life company into usable items that will be sold in the museum store, he said. This will be our first recycled exhibition and a unique opportunity for visitors to buy a transformed work of art.
The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday til 8 p.m. beginning July 2) and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $4 for children (as of July 1) and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and exhibition, go to www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055.