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Jamey Stillings: Changing Circumstances at FotoFest 2016


News Jamey Stillings: Changing Circumstances at FotoFest 2016 photo-eye Gallery is proud to report that Jamey Stillings The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar has been selected as part of the 2016 FOTOFEST Biennial exhibition CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. More than 20 works from Stillings' project examining the construction of the Ivanpah solar farm in California's Mojave Desert will be on view during the six-week festival.

photo-eye Gallery is proud to report that Jamey Stillings' The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar has been selected as part of the 2016 FOTOFEST Biennial exhibition CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. More than 20 works from Stillings' project examining the construction of the Ivanpah solar farm in California's Mojave Desert will be on view during the six-week festival. The exhibition contains five of Stillings' striking 44x64" black-and-white prints, and one custom-made 60x87" print produced at the request of the director of FOTOFEST (image above). Stillings was excited to print on a grand scale, saying " ...it's a challenge at that size, but we worked hard to make sure [the print] looked beautiful. I think the scale works well with the imagery, and the piece is just right for this exhibition — drawing the audience in." CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES is currently on view in Houston, TX through April 24th.



CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet examines the dynamics of change and the potential for creative action as seen through the lens of 34 artists from nine different countries. For Stillings, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar is an important part of this discussion due to the rapidly shifting nature of energy technology, politics, and societal views about renewable energy. Since the Ivanpah project started, new forms of solar power have developed, like the technology found at Crecent Dunes where they are able to provide energy 24 hours a day. Yet the development and proliferation of fracking alongside a glut in global oil production suppresses further development, expansion, and public support for renewable energy projects worldwide. For the past few years, Stillings' fiscal sponsor has been Blue Earth, a 501c3 charitable organization raising raise awareness about the importance of renewable energy and provide funding for future photographic projects on the topic.
"How can you live and breathe on this planet without wishing to be its guardian? Without wanting to preserve it for future generations? Without appreciating its uniqueness in the known universe? In art, as in life, perspective is an essential ingredient of understanding. And understanding is a journey, not a point of arrival; understanding evolves as we add time, experience, and knowledge. ... 
 ... I see Ivanpah as symbolic of the promise and challenge we face in building a sustainable civilization, both for ourselves and future generations."
 Jamey Stillings


Stillings will also take part in a Marfa Dialouges/Houston panel discussion titled IMAGINING FUTURES, accompanied by scientists Dr. Trevor Williams whose research focuses on Antacrtic ice sheets, Dr. William Stefanov of the International Space Station's Program Scientist for Earth Observations at NASA, and conceptual performance artist MPA. The panel will be discussing macro-scale observations on Earth Landscapes, the long-term effects of anthropocentric climate change, as well as the possibility of inter-planetary migration. Stillings sees his photographic projects as "somewhat of a middle ground between conceptual art and scientific research ... a place where aesthetics are used to invite people in and start a conversation." The Marfa Dialogue/Houston panel takes place this Friday, March 25th at 6:30 at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. 

More than three years in the making, Sillings' The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar culminated in a beautifully reproduced monograph published by Steidl in 2015. photo-eye hosted a book signing event at our Bookstore + Project Space early last December and Ivanpah was eventually named on several Best Books of 2015 lists. Last Thursday The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar received an excellent write up in Mother Jones.





For more information and to purchase prints please contact Gallery Director Anne Kelly at 505-988-5152 x 121 or anne@photoeye.com.

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