Tarrah Krajnak. Sister Rock, Rock that Tries to Forget. 2020
Tarrah Krajnak. Sister Rock, Rock that Tries to Forget. 2020 
Captured Earth

24/05/2024 - 18/08/2024

Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) 
600 S Michigan Ave 
IL 60605 Chicago


Captured Earth presents works by artists who create works in photography and installation that use elements from nature to explore place, ecology, and the material and mystical qualities of the land. Depictions range from site-specific performances, including Tarrah Krajnak’s documentations of her nature-centered rituals using rocks and plant material, and Alan Cohen’s walking meditations. Other artists use natural elements to create experimental process-based works, such as Jeremy Bolen’s prints produced from film developed in a polluted river or Barbara Crane’s photographic transfers of tree bark, leaves, and fungi she gathered at her Michigan cabin retreat. Others attempt to convey things so confounding that they cannot be contained in an image, such as Penelope Umbrico’s 8,146,774 Suns From Flickr (Partial) 9/10/10, that presents an assemblage of photographs of sunsets from one day found on a photo sharing website to underscore the universal human attraction to capture the sun’s essence. Collectively, the exhibition shows ways artists grapple with creating visual language to express their connection to the earth and its magnitude.