Journey To The Ends Of The Earth

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

In conjunction with To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape.
On view November 8, 2008 Through March 1, 2009.

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Batiks inspired by aerial views

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Three Batiks from Mary Edna Fraser on Vimeo.

Fraser on Aerial photography and inspiration for her batiks:
“I was flying from the time I was two weeks old. About once a month, my daddy would fly from our home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, taking my sisters or brother to our grandmama’s in Candor, North Carolina. He would drop the wing and circle the house and she would come out waving. The family plane is an aluminum 1946 415c Ercoupe designed by Fred E. Weick. Produced after World War II and sold through such esteemed aviation outlets as the Men’s Department at Macy’s, this airplane remains my primary source of aerial transportation. My cameras are workhorse FM2 Nikons with Nikon 35-105mm and 80-200 zoom lenses. I most often shoot Ektachrome slides for aerial landscapes, ASA 100, 200 and 400 at a speed of 250, f stop 8 or 11.” -Mary Edna Fraser (Artist featured in Polar Attractions)


What color are your glasses?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Future Looks Rosier

The Future Looks Rosier… , by W. David Ward. Acrylic on canvas. 

The Future Looks Rosier… A title to be interpreted, or completed, as the viewer sees fit. My take on the proverbial ‘rose tinted glasses’, but glasses of another kind. This composition is based on a view from the hotel patio in the town of Uummannaq. Recognized widely as the most beautiful community in Greenland, if not the whole of the north, it is the perfect place to leave behind all those worries of the world! The painting is a commentary on human nature, our ability to filter reality through the ‘lens’ of our choosing. How we see the world, and issues that confront us, depends very much on what we want to see. Speculations aside, what drew me to this conceptual image was not just the stunning beauty of a northern landscape, but the contrast of a sublime arctic panorama encapsulated within this most mundane of vessels. Crisp, and yet strangely distorted, the view through the glass becomes more real than the actual landscape - The resulting image is beautiful and yet strangely disturbing.” -W. David Ward


Wednesday, June 18th, 2008


Aerial view of Nuuk (which sounds like “nuke”) is the capital of Greenland, by Will Richard. Photograph. Artist featured in Polar Attractions.

“The city is sometimes difficult to reach because of fog which can dominate the mountains and fjords that constitute the geography of Nuuk. ‘Nuuk’ means ‘promontory’ which the above photo demonstrates. Located at North 64 degrees 10.581 minutes; West 051 degrees 43.857 minutes, Nuuk has a mild climate. Because of its relative ice-free condition and patches of flat terrain, the Nuuk region constituted the ‘Western Settlements’ of the Vikings for about the first four centuries of the last millennium.” -Will Richard


Exposed Coffin

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

EXPOSED COFFIN | Oil and The Caribou | 2006 | 59x74 inches. Photograph

Exposed Coffin, Oil and The Caribou series, 2006 by Subhankar Banerjee. Photograph. Artist featured in Polar Attractions.

“Robert Thompson, my Inupiat friend from Kaktovik stated that the permafrost (permanently frozen ground) around the coffin melted away (a climate change phenomenon), thereby exposing the coffin. He speculated that perhaps a grizzly bear broke it open scattering the bones, and perhaps the coffin is nearly one hundred and fifty years old and not of an Inupiat but possibly of a commercial whaler. Climate change increases thawing of permafrost, which releases methane (twenty three times as potent at trapping heat as carbon dioxide) and carbon dioxide, creating an amplifying feedback loop whereby more warming causes additional releases, which would cause more warming, and so on. Additionally vast amounts of methane, in a solid icy form called methane hydrates or clathrates, are trapped in permafrost and at shallow depths in cold ocean sediments. Scientists predict that if the temperature of the permafrost or the seabed rises a few degrees, it could initiate decomposition of these hydrates, releasing methane in the atmosphere. If such releases did occur, scientists worry the climate impacts could be very large. As permafrost thaws, ponds connect with the groundwater system, which could lead to drying of steams, lakes and wetlands that have significant impact both on ecology and native cultures. Permafrost thawing also accelerates rates of contaminant transfer. This will increase episodes of high contaminant levels in rivers and lakes that may have toxic effects on aquatic plants and animals and also increase transfer of pollutants to marine areas. Increasing contaminant levels in Arctic lakes will accumulate in fish and other animals, becoming magnified as they are transferred up the food chain.” -Subhankar Banerjee