Reception: Thursday, October 26 from 6pm to 8pm
The Open Gallery presents Todd R. Forsgren: Ornithologicial Photographs from September 25-November 3, 2017. A reception will be held Thursday, October 26th 6–8 p.m. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. For more information, visit https://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/. Free and open to the public.
Beginning this year’s themed exhibition series, Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment, Todd Forsgren’s Ornithological Photographs depict the liminal moment before a captured bird is carefully measured, cataloged, cared for, and released by research scientists. Though ultimately for their benefit, this brief moment of confusion and discomfort invites the viewer to reflect upon the individual plight of each bird and the larger environmental pressures driving the need for such research.
Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, he employs a range of photographic approaches and documentary strategies. In these nets the birds dangle between our framework of the ‘bird in the hand and the bird in the bush,’ the wild animal seems neither known nor unknown. The captured creatures look embarrassed, fearful, angry, and vulnerable.
Forsgren’s photographs are also a reflection on our desire to name, classify, and quantify diversity. When depicted by these complicated numbers and classification processes, the individual birds become abstracted and we can consider ideas about populations and species. This intimate knowledge is a powerful tool that is used to make decisions about conservation and answer other ecological questions.
About the Artist
Todd Forsgren has been featured in National Geographic, Slate, Wired, The Guardian, Nature, New Scientist, and TIME’s Lightbox, to name a few. His work has been shown at numerous venues, including the Academy Art Museum, Carroll and Sons, Heiner Contemporary, and Jen Bekman Gallery.
Forsgren currently teaches photography Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied biology and visual arts at Bowdoin College, and photography at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in Photography from J.E. Purkyně University in the Czech Republic. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Artist’s Enclave at I-Park, and Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, and a 2008 Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia.
About the Open Gallery:
The Open Gallery’s exhibitions compliment the academic programs of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts while bringing art to the community. As part of the Silver Spring arts community, exhibitions focus on current pieces by working artists. The gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, located immediately behind the center.
The Open Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit https://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/.