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Convex/Concave: Elements of Mood and Climate by Christina Preston

The Department of Photography and Imaging is pleased to announce the opening of Convex/Concave: Elements of Mood and Climate by Christina Preston in the Tisch School of the Art’s Gulf & Western Gallery (rear of lobby) located at 721 Broadway, and remain on view through January 8th, 2006. 
 
Christina Preston is the 2004 recipient of the Daniel Rosenberg Traveling Fellowship. With the support of this grant, Preston has spent the past year and a half traveling between Fairbanks, Alaska and Northern Virginia, compiling images related to her family history, while exploring the affects of climate on mood, and her personal experience with Bipolar Disorder. 

The exhibition consists of 20 printed collages amassed from family photographs, drawings, and journal entries, and recent photographs from Alaska. These images are Preston’s idealized reflections on her family, discovered through and embedded with the physical environment of the Alaskan landscape and excerpts from her journals.

 “What brought me to Fairbanks, Alaska, in the first place was my father's heritage. The stories of his large family were always entwined in the harsh realities of living there. A stale, frozen atmosphere hung over everyone in these stories when I tried to imagine what America's "Last Frontier" was like to inhabit.”

The Daniel Rosenberg Fellowship was established in 1989 by Irwin and Civia Rosenberg  in memory of their son Dan, who completed his B.F.A. degree in the Department of Photography in 1988. Each year since its inception, the fellowship enables one
graduating senior to pursue a photographic project involving travel. A panel consisting of Yvette Biro, Jill Enfield and Brian Palmer, selected Preston as the 2004 winner.

Gallery hours are 10 am through 7 pm weekdays, and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays.  Admission is free but photo identification is required. For additional information about the artist visit www.christinapreston.com.  Please note that the building is closed December 24th, 2005 – January 3rd, 2006 for the holidays.