Monday, 16 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: ART & ARS In Ancient Landscapes
CREDIT: © Adriel Heisey/AdrielHeisey.com
WHERE: Desert Southwest, USA. WHAT: ancient landscapes.
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Yesterday we looked at ARS (Archaeological Remote Sensing), which uses aerial photography for scientific research. Today we look at similar resources, but ones that are additionally used for artistic expression in the fine-art photography field. In this context the name Adriel Heisey is in the forefront: Adriel was flying planes before he was old enough to hold a car driving license, and his aerial images of the southwestern deserts of the USA are both beautiful and inspirational.
If you live in southwest Utah, you may see a travelling exhibition of Adriel's work, entitled 'Mindscapes', that is running in Cedar City, UT, from January to 05 March 2004. There will be an Artist Reception at 7:00pm on 04 March. Details are available on the SUU web site (including other concurrent exhibitions), with an overview of the exhibitions contents from CU Museum web site. Adriel is well represented on the web: we thought the most appropriate course was to point you to places where his images are displayed, and places where his work is used as part of a wider interpretation.
Adriel's own web site, at AdrielHeisey.com, details his current work — In The Fifth World: Portrait of the Navajo Nation; and Under The Sun: A Sonoran Desert Odyssey. The site Events page has details of the 'From Above: Images of a Storied Land' exhibition running in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 09 May to 31 August.
The NationalGeographic.com web site has two Heisey related resources: Sky-High Over The Sonoran'; and Flight Over Four Corners. Both resources are extensive, and worthy of an extended visit for them to be fully appreciated.
The AfterimageGallery.com web site features the five images that appear in today's thumbnail strip. The first Heisey image we ever saw was 'Two Arroyos, Navajo Nation, Arizona' that is unfortunately not available as a web resource, but which was used on an exhibition flyer postcard we are unable to show for copyright reasons. The second Heisey image we saw was on AfterimageGallery.com, a very large image entitled 'Navajo Sheep Camp, Summer, Chuska Mountains, Navajo Nation, New Mexico, 1992, which we commend to you if you have the necessary viewing resources.
The AridLands Newsletter (issue No.50 Nov/Dec 2001) has an article entitled 'Etching The Desert, written by Adriel and illustrated with four     sets of multiple photographs. If you have ever looked at a petroglyph, and in doing so felt a connection with the past, you may respond to Adriel's comments when he describes his own feelings, "The mood of mystery about them is powerful. They titillate our deepest urges to make meaning."
The CenterForDesertArchaeology.org has an article on the Chaco Culture National Historical Park', which introduces the archaeology of the location in yesterday's featured picture, and adds five      Heisey images of the Chaco Canyon ruins. Pueblo Bonito is featured in image number , and is probably the most striking evidence of the structure and organization of these ancient cultures.
The Images Of Arizona program from KAET-TV/Channel 8 (part of Arizona State University) offers nine        Heisey images (we have omitted two images, duplicated earlier in this feature).
We realize that today's feature may have been heavy going, especially if you decided to follow all the links to the resources that we have given. We considered spreading the feature out over several days, but thought that might defeat our object, which was to provide a coherent guide to the Heisey resources online. Our links are by no means exhaustive, there is even a band named 'Rachel's' that used Heisey images for an album entitled 'Selenography'. We hope readers will return to dip into this feature, visit the resources, and then be inspired by the body of work from this artist.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)