Artist Talk: Saturday, August 25 at 1pm
Climbing out on fallen trees or crouching on moss-covered rocks, photographer Julius Kassovic quietly waits for just the right composition of light and subject to be revealed by a small urban creek near his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. For the past 12 years, he has been going down into Sligo Creek at various times of day, in all seasons, to capture the changing atmospheric conditions reflected on and revealed below the surface of the water. In his solo exhibition Natural Abstractions, Kassovic presents a series of single-exposure photographs documenting the surprising patterns, colors, and shapes which naturally appear in the creek at various times of day. Nature has done the layering and distorting in these intimate waterscapes, as the images have not been manipulated by filters in Photoshop. Kassovic first learned photography in high school and went on to use his photographic skills while completing both his undergraduate and graduate studies in anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley and throughout his career, making documentary photographic essays for ethnographic research and documenting people and projects while working around the world with Peace Corps.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Growing up on a farm in Illinois, Julius Kassovic spent an inordinate amount of time in the little creek that ran through his family’s 11-acre property. He began his study of photography in high school, where he learned to use a Graflex press camera loaded with 4×5 black and white sheet film which he developed and printed in the darkroom, and also took photos for the student newspaper and yearbook. Kassovic continued to hone his photographic skills while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology at University of California at Berkeley. He used documentary photography throughout his career working as an anthropologist doing ethnographic research, teaching at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and working on projects around the world with Peace Corps. Since retiring in 2011, he has concentrated full time on his fine art photography. Kassovic’s photographs have been presented in regional, national and international exhibitions, including solo shows at VisArts in Rockville, MD, Adkins Arboretum in Centreville, MD, Penn Camera in Washington, DC, Sam Abbott Gallery in Takoma Park, MD, and Buryzone Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia. His award-winning work has been selected for numerous juried group exhibitions which include Nature’s Way at LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR; Portals at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Focal Point at Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD; Field Work: Nature and Landscape at Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR; The Seasons at Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Focus at the Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD; Reflections at the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego, CA; Five Elements at Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction VT; Images at Robeson Gallery, Penn State University, State College, PA; and the Best of Nature 2013 at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, San Diego, CA. His photographs are in numerous private and public collections, to include Capital One Headquarters in McLean, VA, and have been published in the book Seeing in Sixes, by LensWork Publishing. To learn more about the artist, please visit: www.photojulius.com
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