APG is pleased to announce The Past Is Present, an exhibition curated by Executive Director Beth Lilly. One of the earliest and most enduring uses of photography is the documentation of the past to aid memory in the future. Each of these five contemporary photographers are pushing the boundaries of that tradition in new ways. The artists’ works explore some version of previous events. Each has a different objective and utilizes various forms and subject matter to communicate their message; some examine a personal history and others choose to look into an ancestral or historical past. Each artist projects their own interpretation of memory and time into their work and relies on the past to inform their concerns in the here and now.
Beate Sass: A Good Life
Concurrently, in the Ted & Gloria Maloof Gallery, APG presents Beate Sass: A Good Life. Five years ago, Beate Sass began photographing her father at his home in New Mexico. After her mother passed away, Sass became fearful that her memories of her father would fade to mere shadows after he was gone. She collaborated with him to capture moments in his daily routine during her visits to New Mexico, her childhood home. The colors of the desert and the mountains, and the light of the southwest, are all intertwined with her feelings for her father.