"A Matter of Spirit" - Photography by Christina Z. Anderson

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Christina Z. Anderson is Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. Anderson's photography exhibit titled "A Matter of Spirit" will be on display October 2-31, 2014, with a free lecture and reception held on Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m.

In Christina Z. Anderson's words:


There are two kinds of images that interest me the most, the cultural landscape and the spiritual landscape. One concerns how people work out this thing called life. The other concerns how people work out this thing called life after life. The former is tangible. The latter is nebulous, though numerous examples in art and poetry point to it, often in tandem with each other. Carpe diem, gather ye rosebuds while ye may, say some. Don’t enjoy life too much because death is just around the corner say others. Beyond the memento mori, what is it about a photograph that lifts us out of the temporal to point to the eternal? Is it a certain quality of light or blur portrayed? Is it the presence of certain archetypal symbols—windows, doors, tunnels, blinding light, roads, paths, circles? Is it ethereal color, or vast spaces in counterpoint to very tiny human beings? Is a photograph’s ability to point to life after life wholly dependent upon what the viewer’s idea of the beyond actually is—whether “ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” a place called Heaven, or an endless cycle of rebirth? A Matter of Spirit is a contemporary look at the vanitas genre with a range of expression from comedy to tragedy and contemplation in-between. The intent is to move toward developing a meaningful taxonomy of the spiritual landscape, if not to definitively answer all of these questions.

All works were created 2003-2013. Processes represented: cyanotype over platinum, tricolor gum over cyanotype, tricolor gum over platinum, tricolor casein, hand-colored gelatin silver, gelatin silver mordançage, chromoskedasic gelatin silver, and platinum with colored pencil. 


Public gallery hours for the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center are Sunday through Thursday, 1-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 1-8 p.m.