FROM FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY:
BATAVIA — Fermilab opens its latest exhibition this May, as its art gallery shows the creative, industrial photography of Roland Kulla. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on May 18, from 5-7 p.m., in the Fermilab Art Gallery, second floor of Wilson Hall. The exhibit lasts until July 14, and is free and open to the public.
Here’s an artist’s statement:
I’ve used bridges as my primary inspiration for the last ten years. Based in Chicago, I began my exploration with the world’s largest collection of bascule bridges. In the last few years I have begun to branch out to other “bridge cities” including Boston, New York City and Pittsburgh. In 2011 I explored the bridges in Berlin, Germany.
I select certain design elements and eliminate background context in order to emphasize form. The details of massive structures reveal the many individual components. What may appear to be a random arrangement of bolts and rivets has, on close inspection, a rigidly patterned logic. Abstracted from their surroundings, the bridges take on new aspects. Some look dangerous, others elegant. The forms are presented in “natural” bridge colors in bold contrast to the voids that they span. They float in light that plays across the surface details. The variations can be simple or elaborate, ranging from limited themes of a few notes to grand, fugal extravaganzas.