(un)natural worlds

"The unnatural, that too is natural." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Join seven contemporary artists using photographic processes to create worlds of intrigue, curiosity, and personal vision. Curated by John Aasp

Read the review in the Caller-Times by Elizabeth Reese here.

See installation views of the show on Rockport Center for the Arts' Flickr Photostream here.

Dornith Doherty
 is currently Professor of Photography in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received her MFA from Yale University and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationwide. She is represented by both Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas and McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, and was recently elected to the National Board of the Society for Photographic Education.

Susan Dunkerley was born in Galveston, Texas and grew up in Columbia, Missouri. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and has been a member of the Baylor Art Department faculty since 1997. Dunkerley's photographs have been recognized with a number of awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Charles Lindsay is an artist based in New York who recently opened a solo show entitled Carbon: the Cosmic Worlds of Charles Lindsay at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, MI. Highly regarded art writer Lyle Rexer included Lindsay in an exhibition he curated for the Aperture Foundation entitled The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography. The Aperture Foundation notes that Lindsay works "at the limits of digital printing technology."

Stefan Petranek is a Fulbright Scholar who is currently visiting assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Influenced by his formal training in biology and chemistry, Petranek is interested in examining the linkage between the self and the underlying physical world. Petranek recently spoke at the National Society for Photographic Education Conference on the relationships between science and contemporary art.

Ansen Seale's surreal photographs are a result of his "slitscan" technique, challenging the notion of what a photograph can reveal. Without manipulating his images, the subjects appear distorted, blurred and elongated. Seale has been refining his techniques over the past 10 years based out of San Antonio, Texas, where he also operates Seale Studios, Inc., a multimedia design firm.  

Trish Simonite is currently associate professor of photography at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She serves as Vice President of the Texas Photographic Society and has exhibited internationally. Her work is in the collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and her recent exhibition A History of Flint was reviewed in the Spring issue of ArtLies.

Sterz is a self-taught artist who works with new media/video installation. He exhibits his site-specific installations in galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. He has participated in numerous international art fairs including Art Basel, ArtBasel/Miami Beach, Art Cologne and Art Chicago. Sterz has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, N.Y.S. Foundation of the Arts, N.Y.S. Council for the Arts, and has attended residencies at Joshua Tree National Park, CA, Atlantic Center for The Arts, FL and Sculpture Space, NY.