Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers
The American-Scandinavian Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of its Fellowship program with an exhibition featuring the work of three recent grant recipients -- Stephen Hilyard, Simen Johan, and Lydia Anne McCarthy – who have emerged as innovators in the field of contemporary landscape photography. The exhibition offers a unique look at hybrid photographs where disparate and sometimes dissonant images are woven together to create new, hypothetical landscapes.
The exhibition explores the ways in which the photographers access, engage, and even exploit unique elements of Nordic terrain and climate for expressive effect. Through various techniques of photographic manipulation, the artists construct landscapes at once familiar and alien, natural and artificial, ultimately calling into question perceptions of reality and artifice.
The photographs, taken from discrete series of work originating out of the respective artists’ ASF Fellowship experiences, underscore the importance of international study to the arts. The ASF Fellowship Program is the Foundation’s longest-standing commitment to cultural and educational exchange and, over the last 100 years, has awarded over 5,500 fellowships and grants to Americans and Scandinavians.
Unnatural Formations for Kids!
Take a trip from the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center to the 3rd Floor Galleries and see what you can discover in Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers! Download an activity and worksheet packet from the Kids & Families page on scandinaviahouse.org and start exploring!
Enjoy extended gallery hours this summer!
Through July 26, Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers will be open late on select nights to celebrate!
During Scandinavian Summer Sessions, our Thursday concert series, stay late with friends and enjoy some art after dark, a cross section of Nordic music, and light refreshments.
After a visit to the galleries, make sure to stop by the front desk to pick up a discounted ticket to the Scandinavian Summer Sessions concert of your choice. Admission to the exhibition remains free.
Exhibitions of Contemporary Art at Scandinavia House are made possible by the generous support of The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts and The Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art.
Extended gallery hours during Scandinavian Summer Sessions (until 7 pm) Visit scandinaviahouse.org for more information.