Aug. 31 - Sept. 27, 2017
The Fine Arts Gallery at Seminole State College of Florida is pleased to announce A Bright Mirror Standing, Brooks Dierdorff's first solo exhibition in Florida. The exhibition includes new photographs, sculpture and video that investigates our contemporary relationship to nature through the lens of public parks, land and wildlife management, stock photography and material culture associated with the outdoors.
For the occasion of the exhibition, Amy Galpin, curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, has written an essay putting Dierdorff's work in context with other artists working with ideas surrounding representation and the environment. In her essay, Galpin writes:
"Dierdorff's approach resonates as we must urgently consider how we are affecting nature and our ability to ignore this calamitous intervention while simultaneously surrounding ourselves with ubiquitous representations of the 'great outdoors.'"
Brooks Dierdorff is an artist working in photography, video, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at galleries that include Amos Eno in Brooklyn, New York; Punch Gallery in Seattle; Disjecta in Portland, Oregon; High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California; Johalla Projects in Chicago; the Ulrike Hamm Gallery in Bissendorf, Germany; and The New Gallery in Calgary, Canada. His work has been written about in publications including Daily Serving, Visual Arts Source, Oregon Arts Watch, Justice League PDX and Public Parking. For three years, Dierdorff was co-director of Ditch Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Springfield, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Oregon in 2012. Currently, he is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Central Florida.
The Fine Arts Gallery will host the opening reception for A Bright Mirror Standing on Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine & Performing Arts (Building G) on Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. For more information, please visit the gallery exhibits webpage.