2013-02-13 / Arts and Entertainment

Beacon Photo Exhibit Focuses on Watersheds

Photo courtesy Beacon InstitutePhoto courtesy Beacon Institute

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, is proud to showcase the photographs of Robin Dana in her exhibit Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World. The exhibit runs from March 9 to October 7 at the Beacon Institute Gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon. The Institute will celebrate the new exhibit with a free public reception for the artist on Saturday, March 9, from 5-7 pm.

Dana’s exhibit is a vivid collection of images from the Hudson, Potomac and other watersheds around the world. Replete with fantastical colors in isolated landforms, her work reflects the scarification of our contemporary landscape with a resultant odd beauty, portrayed through large-format photography. Heavily influenced by her travels to Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Russia and Italy, Dana’s photographs reflect a serenity found in nature’s persistence in extreme conditions.

“Travel has confirmed my premise that water universally reflects nature’s ability to transform and beautify civilization’s misplaced stewardship,” Dana said. “My photographic efforts are a small part in the tradition of industrial landscape art, memorializing the moment man blends with his most essential element.”

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, actual landscape—the environments in which we live—is constantly being transformed. Through her photography, Dana explores the relationship between humans and their surroundings -- a land where wild grandeur meets the reality of the sometimes ugly effects of our pursuit of resources. For more information visit www.bire.org.

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