BK Adams • I Am Art
Given how productive he is, BK Adams • I Am Art is an apt name for this sculptor/painter/wizard from Washington, D.C. He recently had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia of hybrid pieces that incorporate random items, such as bike parts, chairs and mannequins. He came to Telluride as a visiting artist through the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities in early May and worked at Stronghouse Studios to create his Mountainfilm show.
In Person: BK Adams • I Am Art
James Balog’s original photographs of animals and trees led him to his latest natural obsession: glaciers. He created the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to capture images of the vanishing glaciers around the world. It’s the crowning achievement of his career, and in 2009, Mountainfilm presented his EIS traveling show. This year’s exhibit reveals limited-edition images from his upcoming book with publisher Rizzoli New York. Balog is also the subject of the award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice.
In Person: James Balog
In 2003, Phil Borges exhibited his indelible portraits of the Tibetan people at Mountainfilm. This year, he returns to Mountainfilm with photographs of Tibet today from his new book, Tibet: Culture on the Edge. His photo of a monk walking along a path littered with prayer flags is featured on this year’s festival poster. Borges will speak about his work Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at the Masons.
In Person: Phil Borges
Keith “Scramble” Campbell
One can almost hear the groove of a jam band emanating from the paintings of Keith “Scramble” Campbell because he paints these pieces during concerts, sometimes from the stage, other times from the same perspective as the audience. He is the subject of the new documentary, Scramblevision, which is premiering at Mountainfilm.
In Person: Keith “Scramble” Campbell
Maria Coffey and Dag Goering
The Elephant Earth Initiative is an effort to save elephants by writer Maria Coffey and veterinarian and photographer Dag Goering. Sales from their images of this magnificent animal support elephant welfare and conservation. They will be speaking about their work on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sheridan Opera House.
In Person: Maria CoffeyDag Goering
Dan Eldon was a photographer who was killed at the age of 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia, by an angry mob in 1993. He left behind a rich body of work — photos, journals, sketches and paintings — that speak to a life fully lived, especially by such a young man. This exhibition has been curated by his family to inspire future generations to engage and savor the world around them.
In Person: Dan Eldon (deceased)
Drew Ludwig was the recipient of a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant last year, which enabled him to travel to Japan to photograph survivors of the 2011 tsunami. He was determined to capture the scale of what happened juxtaposed with the people to whom it had happened. His photographic series of gloves, which he found as he walked through Louisiana and the wreckage of Katrina, was exhibited at Mountainfilm 2011.
NOTE: High Camp will not be open during the regular gallery hours on Friday, but you can view Ludwig's work at High Camp during screenings and throughout the festival at the discretion of the theater staff.
In Person: Drew Ludwig
National Geographic Young Explorers
National Geographic has a prestigious highly sought-after program of Young Explorers. This group show features the photographs of explorer kite-ski and kayaker Sarah McNair Landry, who grew up on Baffin Island; Rebecca Skinner, who went to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, seven years after the tsunami to chronicle how the devastated island is rebuilding life; Sharron Switzer, photographer and activist who was inspired to preserve the San Diego, California, watershed after fellow surfers got sick from the water; and Anand Varma, who has spent months in Patagonia documenting the region’s wetlands. The four Young Explorers will speak about their work on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House.
In Person: Sarah McNair-LandryRebecca SkinnerShannon SwitzerAnand Varma
James Prosek’s paintings of fish provide depth that few naturalist painters manage to capture. Perhaps that’s because he first catches the fish and photographs it, which lends the work unusual accuracy. His creative process is the focus of the film Picture the Leviathan, which will premiere at Mountainfilm.
In Person: James Prosek
The Aral Sea — comparable in size to the Great Lakes in the U.S. — is now almost completely dry because of thirsty cotton growers in South Asia. Photographs by Radek Skrivanek, who was born in the Czech Republic but now resides in the Bay Area, depict the sad story of what happened to the world’s fourth-largest lake and the people who live near it.
In Person: Radek Skrivanek
Photographer Cory Richards, featured in the 2011 Charlie Fowler Award-winning film Cold, is the recipient of the 2012 Galen Rowell Award from the American Alpine Club.
In Person: Cory Richards