Thomas Fallon Mackey: Photographs of Death Valley
The Death Valley Natural History Association and the National Park Service are pleased to present an exhibit of the photography of visual artist Thomas Fallon Mackey, on view January 28 - April 30, 2017, in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
JOIN US and meet the artist during the Opening Reception on Saturday January 28th from 1 - 4pm.
The exhibit will include 10 images from a range of locales within the park. Signed, unframed photographic prints in an archival sleeve will be available for $120. The presentation will also include two small mixed media works which incorporate photography.
From the Artist’s Statement
I first saw Death Valley in April 2002, and have returned every late February or March and October. One visit in December. In that time I've captured over 2,000 images. Some of these shots, of canyon walls and surfaces of dried mud, have served as precedents to mixed-media works combining painting with mud on canvas.
I've enjoyed taking snapshots since my teens, when I photographed Joshua Tree National Park and Kauai using an X-15 instamatic.
My photographic journey would merge with my work as an artist. I first combined transparent photographic images with painting and other media in 1993, in a work depicting the surface of a beach. The following year, to honor my father, I created a series of works using my grandmother's photos.
After traveling to Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii, I used my photography in works which captured my feelings and responses to these places (1995-97).
The images present themselves to me, I capture, and later consider what's been offered. It's my hope that you'll share my discoveries, and take another look, when out in this wonderful place. After 30 visits, I still explore areas I haven't seen. First visits, it's easy to feel you have a checklist of sights to experience in a single day. The real magic happens in just being here, and allowing nature to reveal.