Hicks to display
photography talent in Vevay
Friday activities include
free carriage rides, live music
VEVAY, Ind. (August 2011) Matt Hicks
photography is as much about process as it is about the finished product.
The Madison, Ind., resident and Indiana Artisan photographer will display
his talent in August as the featured artist at Of Switzerland
County Gallery, located at 128 W. Main Street.
Matt Hicks creates
artwork that reflects
between people and
the natural environment.
An opening reception is set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug.
5, which is Vevays First Friday event. The public
and all are invited to meet the artist during the reception.
I incorporate the history and feel of Southern Indiana into my
work. I want people to be drawn to this area like I am. Ive lived
in several different states, but this feels like home, said Hicks.
Photography for me is about relaxing into nature and just observing.
Working in large format means you have to wait for the moment and let
the photo come to you, Hicks said. The light changes are
so numerous, even in an hour. It is impressive to watch and capture.
Hicks fell in love with photography while a student at Indiana University
Bloomington. After one trip to the darkroom, he changed his major
and graduated with a BSA in photography and sculpture. While he started
with a 35mm camera, Hicks soon switched to the large-format camera because
he enjoyed the control and patience required.
He finds serenity in the darkroom as well where he develops and prints
his own black-and-white photos. It is here that he manipulates the images,
determining where to place the dark tones and the highlights.
It may be a relic to work without Photoshop, but I think developing
film is a lost art, he says.
Hicks work includes what he calls the old type farmer feel,
although he is currently working on a series that focuses on spirituality
and place. I want my work to reflect the beauty of nature. A lot
of us are missing the magic right outside the window. Im trying
to provide something that is an alternative to high tech. My work is
about our connection to the Earth. I create work that directly
reflects our physical, mental, and spiritual connection to our environment.
Through the use of large format photography and the zone system, Hicks
is able to manipulate reality and produce an image that has been visualized
in his minds eye first.
I try to incorporate handmade wooden frames into all of my work
in order to further personalize my work and reaffirm our reliance on
our environment. The act of being in nature and creating is the true
drive behind my work.
No reservations are needed for the opening and the public is invited
to attend. Enjoy dulcimer music by Bill Wiseman. Other activities
in town that evening include free carriage rides, dining, open studios,
and live music on the street.
For more information, contact the Of
Switzerland County Store at (812) 427-3237 or email email@example.com.
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