North View Gallery

Sylvania CT 214 Building | Gallery Director: Mark Smith

Nicholas Arbatsky

Nicholas Arbatsky

Timberline

  • Dates: April 5 to May 18
  • Artist talk followed by reception: Thursday April 5, 4-7 PM
  • Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 8am–4pm and Saturday 11am–4pm

In 1998, New York based artist Nicholas Arbatsky made his first trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon, specifically to the see the snow sculpting on Palmer Glacier used for extreme sports activities. In the following twenty years he has made more than 30 visits to the area, immersing himself in the snowboard culture that gravitates to Mt Hood's unique landscape--the only terrain in the USA open for summer snow sports. The images from the Timberline Series were photographed on the peak's western slopes between the altitudes of 2,000 and 11,000 feet. The film was scanned to digital files and printed directly onto Sintra using archival UV pigmented ink. This unique technical process allows for the imagery to appear to float in 3-dimension above the printed surface plane. The viewpoint of Arbatsky's camera is determined by rotation and velocity using increments of 180, 270 and 360 degrees, while exposure length and motion record a layered panorama in a single negative. By capturing the shape of wind and the color of time, the subject he records appears just out of range of the viewer’s focus, hovering in a state of suspended clarity.

Arbatsky's Mt. Hood photographs have been exhibited around the country in combination with his terrain park inspired constructions, which function as participatory social sculptures. The exhibition at the North View Gallery will bring the project back to its origins and allow for an exploration of the geographic aspects of the installation, featuring large scale topographic renderings of the Mt. Hood environs. The artist will deliver a talk at the opening to discuss technical advances in photographic processes explored over the last 20 years as well as the shaping of the mountain from a sculptural standpoint, with comparisons to the Land Art Movement begun in the 1960s.