Photographs: Turning on Nature
Contact: Kate Somers
Artist reception: September 7, 2007, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bernstein Gallery,
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Exhibition dates: May 21 – September 14, 2007
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bernstein Gallery is pleased to present "Turning on Nature", photographs by Susan Hockaday. The exhibition runs from May 21 through September 14, 2007 with a closing artist reception on September 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The work on view is a continuation of a series she began in 2005 which explores human impact on nature.
Hockaday's work has always concerned itself with the natural world. This exhibit will track the evolution of the artist's observations as they first rejoiced in abstracted scenes of benevolent nature and its richly layered intricacies. This earlier body of work revels in both the surface skin and underlying structure of the natural world.
The newer work on view suggests a darker perspective which has evolved from years of watching human encroachment on the landscape. The narrative the artist now creates through her use of mark making and mixed media is just as ambiguous as her earlier work but it now packs a visceral punch, leaving no doubt that nature has veered off course and been corrupted by the hand of man.
Ms. Hockaday takes most of her photographs in Nova Scotia where she spends the summer months on Cape Breton Island. She uses a hand-held 35 mm camera, often making two exposures on each negative frame. She prints the final chromogenic prints at Print Space in New York City. There is no manipulation of the negative after shooting. Recently, she has begun to take photographs from the air, exploring the same phenomena from a new perspective.
After graduating from Vassar College, Ms. Hockaday studied etching at Yale University and the Pratt Graphics Center in New York City. She later studied photography at Princeton University and papermaking at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, as well as spending the 1986-87 academic year at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. During two sabbatical years with her family in Holland, she exhibited and worked at the Amsterdam Graphics Atelier. While living in England in 1982, and lecturing in China and Japan, she developed an interest in papermaking. In 1974, she was awarded the W. K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College. Ms. Hockaday won fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1982 and 1986.
Ms. Hockaday has had more than 20 solo exhibits in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia, Canada. She is currently affiliated with SOHO20 Gallery in New York City. Her work is in many public and private collections, including the Art Museum at Princeton University.