Through New Eyes

What comprises a great landscape?

Is it found in the iconic photographs of Ansel Adams? His images are “often more powerful than the actual thing.”

Thunderstorm, Yosemite Valley by Ansel Adams

Moonrise from Glacier Point by Ansel Adams

Should we look for it in the expansive scenes of painter Thomas Moran and his paintings of the West?

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran

Hopi Village by Thomas Moran

Perhaps it is found in the work of present day photographer Frans Lanting. His art promotes “knowledge and understanding about the earth (and) a sense of wonder about our living planet.”

Desert Shadows by Frans Lanting

Penguins on Iceberg by Frans Lanting

Are there new interpretations?  “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”(Marcel Proust) The Biggs Museum in Dover, DE, has issued a challenge to local artists to do just that.

The Biggs Picture: the 2011 Landscapes Competition and Exhibition is the Museum’s second juried landscape art competition. It will feature the work of professional and emerging artists who work and/or live in the Mid-Atlantic region. Artists will interpret the theme of landscapes and provide examples of their work that fit within one of three subthemes:

Landscapes of the Mind: Interpreting psychological states of being through creations of space
Constructed Landscapes: Interpretations of spaces from the past, memory, make-believe, and/or the future
Perceived Landscape: Interpretations of actual spaces at particular times

The works chosen for this exhibit will include photography as well as video, drawing, sculpture, and craft.

Whether actual, imagined or metaphoric, the Biggs Museum promises that “there is always something new to delight, surprise, enlighten, excite, and inspire.” If you seek inspiration and want to open your eyes to discovering new interpretations for your photographic artworks, consider attending this exhibit. I plan on doing just that.

By Leslie Sinclair

The Biggs Picture: the 2011 Landscapes Competition and Exhibition
Biggs Museum of American Art • 406 Federal Street • Dover, DE 19901
Open March 4 – June 19, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday:   1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Quotes and pictures of artworks obtained from the following sources:
www.anseladams.com
http://www.nga.gov/feature/moran/moranintro.shtm
http://www.lanting.com
http://www.biggsmuseum.org

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