Amelia Carley, Zoe Childerley, and Sonja Hinrichsen: New Topographies

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

October 16 – November 15, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 7-8:30pm; Artist Talk with Amelia Carley and Conor King from 6:30-7:15pm
Image from “Rexford Mine Fire: Story of Ida and May” by Amelia Carley

“Rexford Mine Fire: Story of Ida and May” by Amelia Carley creates fictitious historical signage based on carved wooden national park signs using the text to invent false narratives about land and the people inhabiting it. The signs are installed in the landscape, documented by the artist and then left for a period of time, a day or sometimes weeks, for those passing by to encounter. While the sign text is rooted in some actual history, the people and events are fabricated allowing the stories to feel somewhat believable. Putting into perspective how learning a tale related to a particular location can alter the way we think and feel about a landscape while posing valuable questions about accuracy and authority within historical texts.

Amelia Carley was born and raised in Colorado. Carley graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with honors receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts as well as Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Italian. Since then she has spent time assisting in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado and has been an Artist-in-Resident at Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside in Troy, New York and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Carley currently lives and works in Denver, CO. She exhibits locally and nationally, and is an artist at TANK Studios.

Zoe Childerley. In “The Land of Milk and Honey,” Childerley’s images, drawings and interviews build a portrait of the Huerfano County community who live in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From the gold rush pioneers to the 60's hippy communes attracted by the unspoiled beauty and isolation of the San Luis valley, people have been coming to Southern Colorado to start a new life. They are steadfast in their love for the land, still determined to reject the system and cling to the once promised freedom of the Wild West.

Zoe Childerley is a British artist with a MA in Photography. She has exhibited nationally, internationally, and undertaken numerous commissions, and residencies. Her work explores new environments, is developed by interaction with different communities, and is inspired by the discovery of the lost histories; reflecting a vision of the world concerned with identity, belonging and our relationship to the land and its stories.

“Snow Drawings” is an ongoing project where Sonja Hinrichsen ‘draws’ large design systems in the environment by walking lines into fresh snow surfaces with snowshoes. The finished pieces are ephemeral. While they take hours to create, their duration is entirely unpredictable.

“Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake” was created during the 3 days between Friday, February 1st and Sunday, February 3rd 2013 in a joint effort with over 60 volunteers from Steamboat Springs and vicinity, who helped walk giant spiral patterns with snowshoes. Despite deep, heavy snow that made walking difficult and strenuous, they managed to create a stunning art piece on the frozen snow-covered lake.

Sonja Hinrichsen examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. Her work manifests in immersive video installations and interventions in nature. Sonja graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received her Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Snow Drawings is an ongoing community arts project that has been featured on numerous art, design and culture websites, and written about in various magazines.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
1513 Boulder Street
Denver, CO 80211
Wed-Sat: 12-6:00pm