For those attending FotoFest, one must-see exhibition is Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica, now through October 15 at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum in Houston, Texas, the first stop on a five-year tour of the US. The interdisciplinary exhibition includes 33 photographs, four sculptures made from 3D scans of ice and rock formations, and an audio tour. The museum is hosting a series of public programs and is also open by appointment. On Saturday, October 15, there will be an Open House, 10 a.m. to Noon
(Visitor information: Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment: call 713-251-1987 or email email@example.com. The museum is located at 901 Yorkchester, west of downtown Houston and near I-10. Admission $5.)
Helen Glazer‘s project, Walking in Antarctica, allows us to get up close and personal to worlds that are remote and unseen as a way to not only call attention to unique landscapes but to consider the future of our planet. In addition to her photographs, Glazer turns images into 3D scans via photogrammetry, a process whereby a series of still photos of a scene can be reconstructed by software into a detailed three-dimensional file.
Helen Glazer is a Baltimore-based artist working in photography and photo-based sculpture. A 2015 participant in the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, her solo show of that project, Walking in Antarctica, premiered at Goucher College, Baltimore, in 2017 and is touring nationally from 2022 to 2027 by Exhibits USA, the traveling exhibition rental service of the Mid-America Arts Alliance (eusa.org). Her work has also been displayed at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art; Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport; Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York; Delaware Art Museum; and other venues. She has received two Rubys Awards from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, one for Walking in Antarctica one for a work in progress, a photo book about a former US military base in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Photographs from that project will also become part of a permanent exhibition at the Kangerlussuaq Museum, funded by a US Embassy cultural exchange grant.
Inspired by scientific insights into complex physical forces that shape landscapes, I explore the outdoors with my camera. I am attracted to uncommonly visited places, from the remote Antarctic and Arctic wilderness to the overgrown banks of an urban stream, looking for the visual traces that reveal how natural and manmade forces have shaped the space. Some photographs are produced as archival prints. Others I turn into 3D scans via photogrammetry, a process whereby a series of still photos of a scene can be reconstructed by software into a detailed three-dimensional file. I strive to convey the wonder and complexity of the natural world to others, hoping to motivate viewers to explore their environment and protect wild places. My study of earth science over the past several years heightened my awareness of the multiple factors shaping the land over time. In recognizing that complex patterns in nature express the particular physical forces at work, I became more attuned to the interplay between geology, climate, life forms, and human activity in a given location. That awareness informs how I select and compose my photographs. I search out surprising incidents that convey nature’s inexhaustible variety, which I may underscore with vantage points that foster spatial ambiguities and focus attention on incidents that typically escape notice.