I'm happy to announce that I'll be showing with artist Michael Wertz at Mule Gallery in San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood. I'm a big fan of Mule, North Beach, and Michael Wertz, so I'm very excited. The show runs from Jan 20th through Feb 26th (appt. only) with a public reception on February 5th, 6-9pm. Please come and enjoy North Beach's "First Fridays" art walk.
Among lots of other things, I will be exhibiting artwork from my artist residency at Planet Labs. There will be prints and drawings of some of my portraits of innovators and pioneers of Earth imaging, including:
Gaspard-Felix "Nadar" Tournachon was the first to photograph the ground from hot-air balloon. His exploits inspired his friend, Jules Verne, to write influential works for fiction like "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Around the World in 80 Days".
R. Buckminster Fuller recognized the power of observing changes on the planet through imaging over time. He envisioned a "Geoscope" from which one could view the entire Earth by standing inside a large sphere-like polyhedron, making it easy to grasp the connectedness of the planet.
Eadweard Muybridge understood the power of sequential images, landscape photography and innovation in the medium. He experimented with stereoscopic photography and other techniques in San Francisco, not far from where Planet Labs is now.
Julius Neubronner combined his love of birds with his interest in photography to create the first pigeon paparazzi. Pigeon photography was successful but didn't last long thanks to airplanes and rockets. Doves, however, still continue to photograph from even higher altitudes.
Marie Tharp. Marie and her colleague Bruce Heezen worked together to map the ocean floor throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Marie Tharp discovered the Mid-Atlantic ridge which confirmed the theory of plate tectonics and insured her place in the history books.
More about these pieces can be found at my blog. http://ellingson.cc/blog
Thank you to Planet Labs, Mule Gallery, Michael Wertz, and everyone that has helped this show come together. I hope to see you there!