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Nov 01

Power: New Works by David Emitt Adams

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 3:53 PM by Sara Woodbury

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About the Art: David Emitt Adams, Navajo Refinery, Artesia, New Mexico, 2015, wet collodion tintype on 55-gallon steel drum lid, 23.5” diameter. Collection of the artist.

Exhibit Details
  • January 13-May 28, 2017
  • Spring River Gallery
  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 5:00-7:00 pm. FREE


Based in Arizona, photographer David Emitt Adams explores the sense of place through his use of tintype, an early form of photography developed in the 19th century. Rather than use conventional paper, Adams prints his images on cans, scrap metal, and other detritus found in the landscapes he photographs, blurring the distinction between image and object. For his latest project, Adams has turned his attention to the oil industry, traveling around the country to photograph different refineries. Adams then prints his images directly on to oil drum lids, during these objects into visual meditations on the oil industry that has so strongly shaped the economy, history, and culture of the United States.