November 21, 2017

Joni Sternbach at the Harn Museum of Art

Vast: Sea Salt Sand Sky
Joni Sternback
Harn Museum of Art
November 21 – April 22, 2018



Joni Sternbach: Harn Museum of Art


From the Harn Museum press release:


VAST: Sea Salt Sand Sky features over seventy photographs by acclaimed New York artist Joni Sternbach. They picture the sublime vastness of ocean, sky and desert captured on film, and produced as cyanotype, platinum/palladium, gelatin silver or pigment prints and video. VAST also includes Sternbach’s most celebrated series, Surfland, a mesmerizing array of surfer portraits (some of noted surfers) made on beaches around the world in the 19th century wet plate collodion process. Applying almost every photographic form there is, the artist uses a variety of matrices (glass, film, video), camera sizes (the largest, a 16×20” view camera) and lenses (including a 1840s Petzval Portrait lens) to create exquisitely detailed imagery. “I have pursued historic mediums,” says Sternbach, “as a way to have a conversation with history, and play with photography.”

The word “vast” references the subject and scale of Sternbach’s prints, and the reverie she finds there. Her expansive vistas include history (marking the passage of time and change) and the contemporary sublime (terrifying and awesome in the earth’s beauty and power). Her surfer portraits shift this inward meditation outward to where surfer’s bodies and boards master the ocean’s edge, finding euphoria there.
The exhibition is curated by Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography.




Joni Sternbach: install views at the Harn Museum of Art


LTI-Lightside has been working with Joni Sternbach for over a decade — Joni has generously included us in a number of projects over the years offering an up-close perspective on how she navigates between vintage analogue photography and state of the art digital technology to tell her stories.


You can see more of Vast at the Harn Museum of Art by clicking here.



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