VICKERY WIESEL I had so much left to say August 10 - September 12, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 10, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: 'The Role of Traditional Photography in the Modern World' Saturday, August 26, 2 pm
Vickery Wiesel’s photography explores the space in between the industrial revolution and natural decay. Quiet, haunting and powerful, each photograph paradoxically captures a lastingness in one ephemeral moment, creating a tension that leaves the viewer uneasy, yet fixated. Wiesel’s work is centered on the belief that there are secret and beautiful spaces all around us, often hidden in plain sight. These spaces reflect a history, not only of what happened within, but of the larger cultural context in which they existed.
The forgotten subjects of his photographs are appropriately interpreted using photography equipment and processes of past centuries. Wiesel likes to experiment with various antique large format cameras, including a 1920s Burke James 8x10, and with alternative photographic techniques like cyanotype, wet plate collodion, and split grade printing — the later two utilized for several works in the upcoming exhibition.
Vickery Wiesel was born in 1977 in Philadelphia, PA. He begin working with traditional photographic methods as a teenager and went on to major in Media Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, where he focused on experimental Super 8 and 16mm flm. After earning his bachelor of arts in 1999, he moved to New York City and worked briefy in television. Wiesel relocated to Western North Carolina in 2001 and returned to the still image and traditional photographic methods, which he has been exploring in his work over the past 15 years. Vickery lives and maintains a darkroom and studio in Hendersonville, NC.