2018 NOVEMBER EXHIBIT
After spending the early part of her career in commercial photography and film, Chris Dahlquist began to engage her medium in a conceptual studio practice, and since 1998 has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Dahlquist’s photography is held in hundreds of private, corporate, and municipal collections, and has won more than 50 awards at nationally juried art fairs, including the Houston Museum of Fine Art Curatorial Award. Dahlquist has long been intrigued by the sensibility and aesthetic of the 19th century photographers. With newer equipment but that enduring inspiration, she combines the materiality and optical quality of historic photographic processes with contemporary materials and technology, creating quiet images of “in-between” spaces - visual representations of a stillness that allows the inner dialogue to be heard.
2016 AUTUMN EXHIBIT
Chris Dahlquist returns as a featured artist this autumn with the debut of a new series of photographs, prepared with a fascinating layering of media and expertly developed process. Those familiar with earlier prints on painted steel will notice the absence of the visual solidity of the gold-toned metal, replaced in this new work by atmospheric translucence and a sense of the fleeting nature of the scene, as smoke or fog plumes and disperses. The landscape, so affected by its literal atmosphere, is ephemeral, yet the artist fixes these temporary scenes in time, rebuilding their depth and mystery through her exquisite preparation of the ultimate, mixed-media piece.