The McLean County Arts Center presents Scott Rankin’s exhibition Thin Deep Ribbon – photography of the sky in the Armstrong Gallery January 6 – February 25, 2017. The free and public Reception will be on Friday, January 20, 5 - 7 pm and the Art Talk will be on Friday, February 3 at 6 pm.
For several years Scott Rankin has been photographing the sky- zooming up from the ground or floating within from an airplane window seat. As a visual artist and pilot drawn to the sky’s constantly changing depths, colors, forms, and sensations, Rankin has taken tens of thousands of still images and videos. In this small selection, he presents clouds creating abstracted space. Exploring flatness and depth, scale and light, ambiguous shape and human recognition, each unique image surprises and inspires awe. Rankin writes:
The sky is the source of air, light, moisture, and energy.
It illuminates and reflects the land.
It is an essential component of the “landscape”.
Although it is very thin, it is deep.
You can lose yourself in it.
The sky is a place with many places within it.
It is always with you and yet far.
It is a place we want to go to.
It is three-dimensional yet two-dimensional.
It is always different and the same.
In the past one hundred years or so,
we have been privileged to dwell there for precious moments,
accumulating, if we are lucky, a few hundred or thousand hours.
Scott Rankin is a Professor of Art at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and his work has been published and exhibited worldwide.
Chrissy LaMaster lives and works in Peoria, Illinois. She holds an MA in Studio Art (Photography) from Bradley University and has completed additional coursework in Studio Art, Visual Culture and Women's and Gender Studies at Illinois State University.
The examination, dissection, and manipulation of family photographs and an investigation of their value and function within the family serve as the basis of Chrissy LaMaster's current creative practice. Her newest work, exhibited here, was created while a resident at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria. It is a result of experimentation with a variety of media and her continued exploration of themes frequently found in her previous work. These themes include motherhood, domesticity, familial relationships, the phenomenon of memory,and the concept of the memorial within the familial context.She is interested in the interplay between the recognizable and the enigmatic or mysterious, as experienced both internally and externally. By removing sections of photographs and replacing them with color fields, patterns, and other digital imagery, she also investigates the interpretation of visual information and the complexity of one's emotional response to different types of deteriorationand decay.
LaMaster's works have been exhibited internationally. She has experience in teaching, programming and administrative positions at both museums and community arts centers, and was recently the co-curator of the Peoria Art Guild Project Space. She is a frequent contributor to the online projects Cultural ReProducers and Temporary Art Review.