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Photographs by Wrangle on display

Photographs by Clemson University art faculty member Anderson Wrangle will be on display Thursday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Feb. 8 at Thompson Gallery in the Roe Art Building on the Furman campus. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A reception and gallery talk by Wrangle is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Roe Art Building.

Wrangle’s exhibition, “a hand’s width,” is free and open to the public. The exhibition is supported by a Clemson University Center for Visual Arts Faculty Research Grant, and by SKYDIVE Artspace in Houston, Texas, where the first version of the project was exhibited for the FotoFest 2012 Biennial.

Forms collide in Wrangle’s collection of black and white photographs ranging from the whimsical and humorous to quiet and introspective. Different modes of photography and art come together as heavy things balance and float, defying gravity. The artist creates surprising configurations of limbs, beams, rocks, ropes, body and boards; and by interrupting expectation, allows the viewer to see something new.

Fascinated with photography since a teenager, Wrangle works primarily with large format film cameras. The images in “a hand’s width” were captured with the Deardorff 5×7 and Rollei cameras. The black and white gelatin silver prints in the exhibition range from large mural prints to highly detailed 5×7-inch contact prints. In addition to his wide-ranging photographic explorations, the artist uses sculpture, performance, woodworking and boatbuilding. The exhibition also features several utilitarian sculptures including a skin-on-frame canoe.

A native of Houston, Texas, Wrangle received his bachelor’s from the University of the South. After an assistantship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, he began his graduate studies in the NYU/ICP photography program in 1998. He received his master’s from the University of Houston in 2001, and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Clemson University.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Will Hunt in Furman’s Department of Art at 864-294-2074, or will.hunt@furman.edu.

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