Antarctica: Journey & Destination: A Gallery Talk by Larry Ferguson Saturday January 21, 12 :00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Posted on 12/18/2005
Blowing ice storms, temperatures of 80 degrees below zero and twenty-four hours of daylight during summer months. These are just some of the hazards photographer Larry Ferguson encountered during his journey to Antarctica, the so-called “White Continent.” The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present a special Gallery Talk by the photographer on his expedition to the coldest place on earth, which is currently featured in the exhibition Antarctica: Journey & Destination, on view through February 14, 2006. The Gallery Talk takes place Saturday, January 21, at 12:00 noon and is FREE and open to the public.
Surrounded entirely by ice, Antarctica is even more arid than the Sahara, and the frigid temperatures mean that it rarely, if ever, snows. Antarctica also the most peaceful place on the planet: no wars have ever been fought on or over this continent, and no country rules it. For this reason, no passport or visa is required to enter Antarctica, and anyone with the means or stamina can visit. Reflecting on his journey, Ferguson observes: “It was an experience beyond belief. The landscape is so heroic in scale.” The photographer was particularly struck by the immensity of the ice, which the harsh climate chisels into sheets, flows and bergs that all vary in size, shape and color. Similarly, seals, penguins, walruses and whales, the Antarctic’s lone denizens, provided opportunities for unparalleled nature photography. Since the bitter temperatures froze batteries, Ferguson had to rely on three manual camera systems to capture some 2,000 photographs, both in black-and-white and color, over 100 of which will be on display in Journey & Destination.
For those of us who can’t make the trip to the Antarctic, Larry Ferguson’s Gallery Talk and exhibition offer the opportunity to learn about and experience this harsh continent. Join us at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and share in the singular beauty that is Antarctica.
About Artist Larry Ferguson:
Based in Omaha, photographer Larry Ferguson is an internationally-known artist whose work has been exhibited in more than 400 galleries and museums in the United States
and Mexico. His photographs also appear in the public collections of numerous museums, such as the Joslyn Art Museum, the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO, the Library of Congress and the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, A.C. Manuel Alvarez Bravo Collection, Mexico. Additionally, his work has been featured in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and the Art Institute of Chicago. Ferguson serves as Chairman of the Omaha Public Arts Commission and is a passionate advocate for arts in the community. For more information about the artist and his work, visit www.fergusonstudio.com.