The Shirley-Jones Gallery will present a selection of photographs by the painter Ralston Crawford and a number of photographs and photogravures by his son, Neelon Crawford.
Ralston Crawford (1906-78) was most known for his work as a precisionist painter of the American scene, most often the urban and industrial landscape. His oeuvre, however, was diverse and included prolific activity in drawing, printmaking and photography. This exhibition will present a group of photographs from an automobile junk yard which show the overlap between his direct photographic recording and his modes of pictorial abstraction in the other media he explored.
was born in 1946, attended Antioch College and first made a reputation as an experimental film maker. In the 1970s he also worked in the film industry as a sound recording technician. For the last 30 years, his emphasis has been with still photography though he continues to pursue activities in various media. In the mid 1980s Neelon began producing some of his black and white photographs as editions of photogravures. (A photogravure is essentially a photographic etching.) To date, he has produced three separate portfolios of gravures: "Vintage Machines" which records steam locomotives and older aircraft, "Icons of Spirit" which portrays an eclectic assortment of images of the human presence on this planet, and "Antarctica" with images from his first of five trips to Antarctica. The exhibition will contain images from each of the gravure portfolios as well as large scale color images from Antarctica, and recent color photographic tiling explorations.
The exhibition runs from January 20 through March 4, 2006. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.