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"Solfatara" by Jon Verney (SACI Post-Bac 2011) at Valade Gallery, Michigan

Solfatara, a solo exhibition by Jon Verney (SACI Post-Bac 2011) is on view from September 26 to October 25, 2017 at Valade Gallery at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.

As described by the exhibition's curator Elspeth Schulze, "Solfatara explores notions of flux, transformation, and transcendence through an engagement with landscape and materiality. The core of Verney’s current work is Thermophile, an ongoing project that explores the possibilities of chemically-altering gelatin silver prints in geothermal springs around the world." These complex works reflect the unpredictable processes and chemical transformations which occur both when immersing silver-based photographs into volcanic hot springs, and when submerging found polaroid images in hot water. The results suggest "an entropic sense of loss and erosion, offering a quiet meditation on the titanic natural forces that shape our world." 
 
Since studying at SACI and later working as a teaching assistant, Jon returned to the US and received his MFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 2016. During his studies, he received numerous grants to fund his creative research, which included fieldwork in Iceland, the Yellowstone Caldera, and California’s Salton Sea. Verney’s work has been featured on lenscratch.com and he was a recent artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. This fall, Verney will serve as a visiting artist at Hiram College in Ohio, and perform at PVDLoop at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. In November, Verney will travel to Finland to participate in an international symposium on painting at the University of Arts, Helsinki. Verney’s studio practice is currently based in Massachusetts.

To learn more about Jon's work, visit his website


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