In concert with his upcoming exhibition From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach, you’re invited to join Gerlach for an exclusive reception and lecture on Friday, November 30, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The lecture begins at 6:00pm.
Inspired by the abstracted landscapes left in the wake of the Thomas Fire, Ventura artist Luther Gerlach has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs that both document the destruction and explore the mysterious beauty it rendered. Using an 8x10 wooden view camera, Gerlach's enlarged prints create a unique, immersive experience of the spectacular aftermath. Gerlach incorporated the origins of the fire into the very production of the prints: "I collected ashes and sulfur-laden water from hot springs at the origin point, Thomas Aquinas College. It is almost as if these chemical catalysts carry a memory of the fire, acting on the print to produce ghostly effects such as swirling, apocalyptic skies and suggestions of the trees that once stood. Applied to the developed prints, the ash and sulfur attack the silver, transforming the monochrome image into fiery color." As a body of work, From the Ashes represents a microcosm of the timeless cycles of destruction and creation.
From the Ashes will be on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum from November 10, 2018, through December 30, 2018.