THE MOVING GALLERY, OLD OMAHA ASSOCIATION
Opening Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 7 to 9pm
Exhibition continues through February 4, 2018
1042 Howard Street
In the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery
The Moving Gallery is pleased to exhibit new photographs by James Hendrickson. Opening on December 7 at the Garden of the Zodiac, 1042 Howard Street in the Old Market Passageway, the show features a series of black-and-white images inspired by Butoh, an austere form of modern Japanese dance.
Known as the “dance of utter darkness,” Butoh typically features nude, androgynous performers in full body paint, either white or gold. Its surreal grotesqueness of facial expressions, body movements and hand contortions is intended to draw out the rawness of the human condition.
In his early career, Hendrickson was a commercial photographer for several dance companies, including Butoh Hana in San Francisco. In years hence, he discovered in Butoh a kindred means of reflecting his own inner demons as well as the masks worn to publicly shroud them. The results are stark, close-up photographs in which painted faces or torsos emerge from inky shadows, their poses or expressions frozen in sharp relief. Reflecting the gamut of human emotion, the mood of Hendrickson’s photographs range from calm and pensive to unsettled and tormented.
The Butoh photographs represent but one of Hendrickson’s many fields of exploration. Past projects have included finding poetry in bleak urban alleyways and gritty rail yards, in New Orleans cemeteries and the colonial streetscapes of Havana, Cuba. Fueled by nostalgia for the idylls of his youth, Hendrickson has scoured the nation’s blue highways for faded relics of classic cars, neon signs and gas stations. Nudes and portrait photography round out his oeuvre. A practitioner of digital and analog photography with a preference for the noir effects of black-and-white, Hendrickson has also played with the chancy chemistry of Polaroid transfers and the notoriously light-leaking Holga plastic camera.
A California native born in 1947, James Hendrickson studied photography in San Francisco, earning his MFA from its Art Institute. He first came to Omaha as a resident of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 1996 and has made the city his home since that time. In recent years, Hendrickson has had solo exhibitions at the Moving Gallery and Gallery 72. Earlier in 2017, his images of Carhenge were featured in the Moving Gallery’s presentation of Drive Drove Driven: Cars in Contemporary Photography; he was one of only two regional artists included in this international show.
James Hendrickson opens on the evening of December 7, 2017, and runs through February 4, 2018, in the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, 1042 Howard Street. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8:00pm and on Sundays from noon to 6:00pm. For further information, please contact 402.341.1877 or [email protected]