HAPPENSTANCE: A Collection of Street Photographs by Martha Gabriela Driessen. It is a collection of photographs from her walks of the past two years as she flowed through the streets of cities around the world carefully arranging the simplicity and happenstance of everyday life. In Happenstance Martha’s photographs feature spontaneous and candid visual moments that she came upon as she walked down a street, while at a bus stop, or at a park. Her photographs pointedly highlight the beauty of ordinary life. Happenstance shows life unraveling, an unveiling of the human spirit.
MARCH 18 – APRIL 22
LINE OF SIGHT
PHOTO NARRATIVES BY WILBUR SCHILLING
“The event is not what happens.
The event is that which can be narrated.”
— Allen Feldman - anthropologist
APRIL 28 – MAY 27
June 3 - July 14
IT'S ABOUT TIME
As a documentary photographer I have worked for more than three decades as an agent for social change. These photographs document the lives and dignity of marginalized people including: the homeless, refugees, victims of domestic violence, adolescent prostitutes, and patients with anorexia, bulimia and Alzheimer’s. Throughout my belief is that art can serve as a warning or an awakening and lead to social action.
Lately my work has taken me in unintended directions in that it moved like a spiral, not a straight line. I experimented with new techniques as I strove to clarify the relationship between concept and image.
Would a double exposure construct a more accurately imagined reality and the collapse of time between then and now?
How do I photograph time? If time is the subject of photography how would it look? Does it move in one direction only or does it circle back on itself? What I discovered is that deep inside of wide time exists.
Time expires, its past is gone, and its future not yet come. Its never resting, constant, silent, mysterious, indefinable, precious, illusionary, relentless, constant, short, long, fast, slow, endless, deadly, and healing.
Each photograph is layered in order to depict the passage of time and is accompanied by a quote that relates directly to the images. The subjects captured include: energy, environment, war, communication, agriculture, time, history, and information.
Crosby’s photographs on eating disorders were used in NOVA's "Dying To Be Thin" documentary on PBS/Twin Cities Public Television and in “America The Beautiful” a documentary film that won the Best Documentary International Film 2008. Her 2003 exhibit at the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis documented women’s life stages from birth to 100. In addition to the Weisman, Crosby has exhibited at The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Science Museum of Minnesota, TZCVA, A.I.R. Gallery, pARTS Gallery, Minnesota Center For Photography, Phipps, The Center for Photography in New York, IFP, The Mpls Photo Center, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Print Club and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Also, the George Eastman House recently requested several of her images for auction. Her work is collected and published locally, nationally and internationally. Crosby is a past recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation and The Minneapolis State Arts Board.