Concurrently, the gallery will present exhibition of photographs by John Huggins entitled American Landscape. Known for his work in the Polaroid transfer process (the technique of transferring the emulsion from a Polaroid to another piece of paper), in this new series Huggins has enlarged original 4 x 5” transfers into 30 x 40” archival pigment prints. This expansion enhances the grain of the original photograph and the fiber of the paper, resulting in heavily textured images that suggest the quality of a tapestry. The amplified dimensions allow his work to encompass the grandeur of the American landscape, exploring iconic locales such as Niagara Falls, as well as emblematic themes like the American flag and baseball. A native of Southern California, Huggins is equally motivated by his personal history of place, as exemplified in his series of Malibu surfers.
Huggins was honored earlier this year with a retrospective at his alma mater, Hampshire College, which displayed works seen in this exhibition.