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Cody S. Brothers: Forgotten Horizon
Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Born in Farmington, New Mexico, Cody Brothers has devoted his life to documenting the western landscape. Brothers creates his black and white, infrared film studies in a manner that combines his unique compositional sense with an expertise built from decades of photographic experimentation. Forgotten Horizon will be on display beginning July 12th. Modernist Frontier will hold an opening reception for the public on Friday, July 20th from 5 to 8pm at its location at 713 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
In 2016 Brothers was a grant recipient of the prestigious “Imagine Your Parks” project, awarded through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Parks Service. The grant officially sponsors Brothers work at Chaco Canyon, Fort Union National Monument and Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico; Great Basin National Park and Lake Meade in Nevada and Death Valley National Park in California. Forgotten Horizon will feature work from this project as well as other works from Brothers extensive travels throughout the west including Yellowstone, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks to name just a few. For Brothers, documenting the parks is not solely about artistic expression but also an obligation to preserve our public lands:
“Our National Parks are not only our “best idea”, they are our greatest asset. They leave each of us with lasting impressions of joy and wonder; instilling a sense of pride and patriotism for who we are and what we can be.”
While Forgotten Horizon will focus primarily on Brothers’ parks pieces, the show will also include photographs from his ongoing Western Abandon series: a body of work that encompasses a wide range of imagery gathered from a lifetime spent exploring his native southwest. As an added feature, Brothers will also preview an upcoming series of sepia-toned prints. Brothers explains:
“For select imagery, the effects of infrared film combined with sepia toning enhance the sense of warmth and beauty and accentuate the natural light.”
Exhibition will be on display through August 7th.