GALVESTON — Galveston Arts Center is pairing with the Houston Center for Photography to present collections from two distinguished Houston-area photographers.
Robin Myers, a Houston-born artist, uses photography to make connections between our scientific understanding of the world and our human experience of it as expressed in everyday phenomena.
Myers reveals the stars on a marble surface, the Fibonacci sequence in hands and hair, the miracle of photosynthesis in algae emerging from the deep.
The crux of “Unknown Constellations” rests on photography’s ability to mimic a reality that shifts seamlessly between concrete and abstract, between microscopic and cosmic.
How we see and look at the world shapes the way we experience it, just as our experiences and emotions shape the way we see it.
Myers holds a bachelors of fine arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of the 2014 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship, resulting in a solo exhibition opening in May.
Her work has recently been exhibited at the Humble Arts Foundation’s Small Prints exhibition at Flash Forward Festival in Boston, Aviary Gallery in Boston, Danforth Art and Houston Center for Photography.
Her 2014 exhibitions include “Wild and Woolly” and “The Flash of an Instant,” both at the New Art Center in Newton, Mass. Myers lives and works in Boston.
Keliy Anderson-Staley presents a series of tintypes taken of subjects from around Houston. The images were created using chemistry mixed according to 19th century recipes, period brass lenses and wooden view cameras.
Anderson-Staley’s work shows a broadly diverse collection of faces. The photographic technique requires long exposures, during which the sitter becomes deeply aware of the image they are projecting of themselves
The result prompts viewers to examine the role that photographic technologies have played in defining identity throughout history.
Anderson-Staley lives and teaches photography in Houston. She earned a bachelors of art from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Hunter College in New York.
Anderson-Staley has an image in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine) and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston.
This exhibit is made possible by guest curator Alex Irvine and the Houston Center for Photography, standing in during this exhibition for longtime curator, Clint Willour, who is taking a temporary leave of absence.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Aug. 23 through Oct. 5 at 2501 Market St.
The exhibit also will be on the ArtWalk Gallery Tour at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23.