July 7, 2017 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
North Floor Gallery
2211 Seminole Dr SW
Huntsville, AL 35805
Lowe Mill A&E invites patrons, collectors and art lovers to join us for Art After Hours. Art After Hours gives the public a chance to meet the visiting artists and to purchase the work featured in our six public galleries. This exhibition cycle includes work by Jared Ragland and Cary Norton titled Where You Come From is Gone and will be on display July 5, 2017 – August 26, 2017. An opening reception will be held July 7, 2017.
From the artists:
“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place.” – Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood
Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. He currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the photo editor of National Geographic Books’ “The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office,” has worked on assignment for NGOs in the Balkans, the former Soviet Bloc, East Africa and Haiti, and in 2015 was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States.” His photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured by The Oxford American and The New York Times. Jared is an alumnus of LaGrange College and a 2003 graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography. He resides in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
Cary Norton is a fine art and editorial photographer, camera builder, and beekeeper. In 2009 he received worldwide recognition for building a 4×5” field camera from LEGO blocks, and he is currently at work constructing a custom 16×20” large format camera from locally-sourced lumber and iron. Cary has worked on long-term assignments in London and Baghdad and worked with NGOs in India, Kenya, and Uganda. In addition to client work for Ford Motor Co., Regions Bank, Verizon and Whole Foods Market, his photographs are in the collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and have been published by Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, and The New York Times. Cary is an alumnus of Samford University, and he resides near his apiary in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Stephanie their two Dachshund rescues, Fin and Munch.
Ragland and Norton work together as GUSDUGGER TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS, a collaborative project specializing in the Civil War era wet plate collodion tintype process. Using vintage large format cameras, hand-crafted chemistry, and a mobile darkroom, the Birmingham-based artists began documenting the people and landscapes of Alabama in 2016.
About the name, GUSDUGGER: The Gus Dugger Saloon was a bar and tobacco shop located at 2114 1st Ave North in Birmingham during the 1880s. The upper floor of the two-story brick building was occupied by a photographer’s studio, and signage on the facade advertised landscaping, enlarging, and tintypes, as well as an art gallery.
Follow them on Instagram at @gusdugger