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    The Once and Future Landscape

    The Once and Future Landscape

    Presented by Center for Photographic Art at Center for Photographic Art

    March 8-April 26, 2014

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    The Center for Photographic Art is pleased to present its newest exhibition of contemporary photography, The Once and Future Landscape - Photographs by Ben Nixon and Esmeralda Ruiz, curated by Ted Orland. The Landscape ranks among the most durable of photographic resources, especially for artists working in California and the West. Beginning with 19th century expeditionary photographers like Timothy O'Sullivan, the landscape genre evolved in the 20th century toward more art-conscious images by Weston, Adams and their followers.

    In recent decades landscape photography has been progressively re-shaped by changing sensibilities and emerging technologies. The Once and Future Landscape highlights the work of two young photographers, Ben Nixon and Esmeralda Ruiz, whose 21st century images add a new layer to this rich history. Esmeralda Ruiz was moved by a searing childhood experience to envision an ethereal landscape suffused with light, where detail melts away and essence trumps substance. In her high-key color images she often explores the space between things-the air itself-while the material world fades into the distance as a gentle backdrop. Ruiz' images offer us, by her own accounting, a memory of the future.

    Ben Nixon reveals a darker vision of a landscape immersed in the stark B&W detail of the material world, where density is destiny. Using 19th century "wet-plate" technology, his unflinching compositions capture strangely beautiful forms shaped by decay and destruction. In the Nixonian universe, a landscape frozen in time sits beneath collodion-streaked skies and dissolves at the edges of the frame, imparting a haunting sense of uncertainty and inevitability.

    The exhibition runs through April 26, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Center for Photographic Art is a non-profit gallery and educational organization committed to artistic development, creative inquiry and photography education. To that end, CPA presents exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other photographic special events. For more information, visit or call 831.625.5181.

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        Center for Photographic Art

        San Carlos and 9th Streets
        Carmel, CA 93921

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        March 8-April 26, 2014

        1:00pm – 5:00pm

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