Silverwood Park is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition. Firmament by Lex Thompson is on view from September 6-30, 2018. The opening reception is Thursday, September 6 from 6 -8 pm. Additionally on Saturday, September 15 from 1 – 4 pm, Lex will lead a hand’s on art activity Silverwood Ledgers related to his gallery show.
The word firmament is commonly understood to mean sky. But, it derives from a Latin translation of a Hebrew word, raki’a, which means a great expanse, a possible description of both the dome of the sky and the floor of the earth. In the exhibition, cyanometers, a nineteenth-century device for measuring the degree of blue in the sky, will highlight this primordial connection between what is above and below as they are used to identify the colors of the sky and a selection of blue rocks. Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to handle the cyanometers and record their observations in the Sky Ledger.
Lex Thompson’s work examines aspects of American intellectual and cultural history in relationship to contemporary thought. Obtaining a BA in History at New College of Florida and a MA in Religion and Visual Arts at Yale University, he received his MFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is Professor of Art (Photography) at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, a 2008, 2011, 2016 & 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and was selected as a 2009 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer and shortlisted for the 2014 Source-Cord Prize. His project Frame Drag was included in the Midwest Photographer’s Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His artwork is included in collections at the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, and Yale University, among others.
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