Madre de Dios / April 11 - 24, 2014
This is a sound-based work. Turn your volume up.
The photographic sound project titled Madre de Dios transports visitors on a sensory journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon. Each work features a highly detailed photographic exposure of five to ten minutes in length. Each image is paired with a stereo audio recording made at the same location and time as the photograph. The resulting works feature large-scale photographic light boxes, which illuminate and dim in sync with the environmental sounds recorded during that specific exposure. As each image begins to illuminate, one hears the sound of scarlet macaws landing on branches high above, the nocturnal mating calls of toads along an oxbow lake as a thunderstorm approaches, or the revving hum of a chainsaw at an illegal gold mining camp.
BIO: Seattle-based photographer and mixed-media artist Eirik Johnson has exhibited his work at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Aperture Foundation in New York. He has received numerous awards including the 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Open Medium, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000. His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His second monograph Sawdust Mountain was published by Aperture in 2009. His first book Borderlands was published by Twin Palms Press in 2005. Johnson’s editorial work has appeared in publications including the New York Times Magazine, Metropolis, Dwell, Audubon, GQ, and the Wall Street Journal. Johnson is currently a visiting faculty at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, and is the Programs Chair at the Photographic Center Northwest.