Opening of New Exhibition
I’m happy to announce the start of an exhibition of my work at the Westborough (Massachusetts) Public Library, “Constructing Quabbin.”
Tbe exhibition reflects my latest thinking about the experience of working at the Quabbin and the difficulty of reconciling all of the feelings that one experiences there. The Quabbin is not just a beautiful location. It raises quite issues that are relevant to all of us. I’ve been thinking more about what it takes to make a society work, and in particular the sacrifices that you find whenever you scratch the surface. The Quabbin area we know now represents a marvel of engineering and design, an incredible natural comeback going far beyond what anyone human could accomplish, a wonderful and amazingly cheap source of water, a carbon sink sucking up CO2 and spewing forth oxygen, a home for wildlife, a place for spiritual contemplation and even healing and at the same time a symbol of enormous imposed loss and sacrifice. The individual and collective collided. Some good came of it, and some bad. Too much to deal with it seems but I feel drawn to try. Simply put, the exhibition is about now and then with a focus on observable artifacts and experiences. The observer will have to draw their own conclusions.
Westborough Public Library is located on Route 30, just south of the Westborough rotary. Unfortunately during much of the day the exhibition space is not supervised and as such the librarians may lock the door. If you visit, just go to the main library desk. The folks who work there are extremely nice and they’ll let you in. The Library is closed on Sundays.
On August 28, beginning at 6:30, I’ll be giving a slide show and talk about the images, their history and my experience of photographing at the Quabbin. Refreshments of the non-alcoholic kind will be available, so if you’re interested and in the area, please stop by.
I want to thank the Westborough Public LIbrary and the Art and Frame Emporium, located in Westborough, for their support.