Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica Exhibition Will Be Presented at Goucher College OCTOBER 18 - DECEMBER 18, 2017 Opening Reception is Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Helen Glazer:
Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica Exhibition Will Be Presented at Goucher College OCTOBER 18 – DECEMBER 18, 2017
Opening Reception is Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica, a solo exhibition of photographs and sculpture of the Antarctic landscape will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from October 18 through December 18, 2017. This exhibition is the first comprehensive display of photographs and photo-based sculpture based on 3D scans of the Antarctic landscape produced by Helen Glazer after her 2015 residency as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.
Informed by scientific insights into the complex interactions of wind and water that shape the landscape, she spent seven weeks exploring the Antarctic wilderness with her camera. The exhibition takes as its theme a series of “walks” through the Antarctic landscape: over frozen lakes, around massive glaciers and icebergs frozen into the sea ice, into a magnificent frozen ice cave, up gravel-covered windswept mountains, and through a lively colony of Adelie penguins.
Glazer worked out of remote scientific field camps and had access to protected areas that can only be entered with special permits or in the company of a skilled mountaineer, encountering surprising incidents and an even richer variety of forms than she had expected. She returned with a rich cache of photographic material of striking ice and geological forms on a wide range of scales from towering glaciers to small, intricate designs in the lake ice. The exhibition includes photographic prints and painted sculptures generated from photographs of ice and rock formations via 3D scanning technologies and produced as sculpture on 3D printers and CNC routers, the first such sculptural works produced of the Antarctic landscape. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to access an audio tour narrated by Glazer on the Internet via their smart phones, drawn from a blog in which she recorded her experiences.
Glazer says the art resulting from this project has more than just aesthetic implications: “Antarctica is a place where vitally important research is being conducted about the role of polar ice in regulating the world’s climate. The power of striking images and eyewitness accounts to raise awareness and motivate people to preserve wilderness has long been understood by environmentalists from John Muir to Ansel Adams to Jacques Cousteau. I am applying my artistic skills and new technologies to that end.”
Two of her Antarctica photos, enlarged to seven by ten feet, are part of series of displays at BWI Marshall Airport through mid 2018. She has also had work from the Antarctica project featured online on Vice Media’s Creators Project, Atlas Obscura, and the Cloud Appreciation Society, where one of her photographs was January 2016 Cloud of the Month. Her previous work has been exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region including group exhibitions at the Delaware Museum of Art and New York Hall of Science and in a solo exhibition at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York. Two of her sculptures were displayed at the American Ambassador’s Residence in Lima, Peru, as part of the State Department’s Art-in-Embassies Program. She is a 2013 recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and was 2014-15 artist-in-residence for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. She received funding assistance for “Walking in Antarctica” from the Rubys Artist Project Grants, which were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and from the Puffin Foundation. Glazer received a B.A. cum laude in Art from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School at Maryland Institute College of Art, with additional studies at Skowhegan School of Art. She lives in Owings Mills, Maryland. This exhibition is a homecoming of sorts — Glazer served as Exhibitions Director at Goucher College from 1986 to 1998, organizing numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions in the Rosenberg Gallery.
Helen Glazer (b. 1955, Bronx, NY) lives in Owings Mills, MD. She received her BA in art from Yale University and her MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. including New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. One of her Antarctica photographs is currently part of a display organized by the Governor’s Office at BWI Marshall Airport and another is on view at the New York Hall of Science. She received funding assistance for “Walking in Antarctica” from the Rubys Artist Project Grants, which were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and from the Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ.
This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/rosenberg or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note Goucher’s campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 22-26, 2017.
October 18 (Wednesday) - December 18 (Monday)
Rosenberg Gallery @ Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson MD 21204