MICA Faculty Member Sheds Light on Meditative Moments and Faraway Cultures
BALTIMORE --Photographs from the Field, an exhibition of intimate photographs by faculty member Regina DeLuise, will be on display from Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 13 in Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The exhibition will showcase more than 35 images made by DeLuise with an 8x10 large format camera while in India, Nepal, Italy and Bhutan. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m.
From the start, travel has been integral to DeLuise's creative process. Throughout her career, DeLuise has traveled to India and Nepal on a Guggenheim Fellowship, to Italy both to study and teach, and to Bhutan on a recent sabbatical. Although the destinations have varied, DeLuise has been moving in the same direction, desiring to roam toward the unknown and bowing to her subject through the lens of her camera. In the making, printing and exhibiting of her photographs, DeLuise's journey reflects what Nietzsche called "a long obedience in the same direction."
The photographic opportunities provided to her through grants, teaching and studying abroad are presented in this exhibition as a curiously continuous thread. The Italian light in its luscious saturation, the intoxicating scent of incense burning in a temple, finding herself alone on a Himalayan plateau-each of these experiences cleared her vision and opened her eyes. When finding herself in a place where she didn't speak the language but understood the people or where not knowing the terrain opened doors, DeLuise has had the unique opportunity to be truly in the moment.
"With light as my central theme, the generosity of the culture is at the heart of this work. Young artists, monks and ‘householders' welcomed me into their lives to document and explore a culture so different from my own," said DeLuise of her recent time in Bhutan.
DeLuise has been teaching at MICA since 1998, previously teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; the University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy; and Green Mountain College in Vermont. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, Galerie Utermann in Germany, Michael Shapiro Gallery in San Francisco, and Verso Gallery in Tokyo. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, among others. She's currently represented by the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York.
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Image Caption: Regina DeLuise, Prayer Flags, Thimpu, Bhutan, 2010.
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