December 10, 2013-February 1, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, January 3, 5-8PM
“Unreal & Real Images”: John Douglas
John Douglas began looking through the viewfinder some fifty years ago, making films in Mississippi, and during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and then in North Vietnam in 1969 with Newsreel… and the list goes on. He has continued work in film, video, computer modeling and animation, and mix in his “Homeland Security Collection”. And now most recently, digital photography and some CGI are on display at the Gallery at Main Street Landing. He has struggled to bring the world about us into a clearer focus… trying to expose the social and economic contradictions that plague our lives… perhaps making the choices for change clearer and more pressing.
Friday, April 26, 6-8PM
John Douglas: “Stones &”
John Douglas studied a little art and architecture briefly at Harvard, served in the U.S. Army, and moved to Vermont in the early 1960s. He worked as a documentary filmmaker both independently and with the Newsreel media collective. After 10 years in New York City, he came back to Vermont in the mid-1980s and began to work exclusively in computer graphic imaging (CGI): 3D modeling, animation and digital prints.
His critically regarded and academically respected film work of the 1960s pursued the political conflicts of the era, reaching from Civil Rights in Mississippi to the War in North Vietnam. His early 1970s prize-winning epic narrative Milestones, a collaboration with the late Robert Kramer, examined what had become of the hopes, dreams and passion of the American counterculture.
Today, after his “Homeland Security Collection”, Douglas still seeks political and social change, though his art is primarily of virtual landscapes. The beauty of our planet shows him the eternal possibilities of hope and evolution coexisting with the potential destruction of human life. Rocks, stones and boulders communicate inertial energies and suggest an alternative planetary intelligence. Douglas contemplates that their wisdom might well be staggering to fully comprehend. What do stones think? What do trees see? What does water truly reflect?
Vermont’s first inhabitants walked through its forests and along its riverbeds. Man passes through time in his self-important reveries, while the rocks, trees and waters endure in their own timeless rhythms and rhymes. At best, Douglas states, we can grasp glimpses of their world as we pass.