Northlight Gallery presents Manifest Destiny: A Conversation

February 11, 2012

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents the photographic exhibition, Manifest Destiny: A Conversation in conjunction with Manifest Destiny Exhibition.

On the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood, the exhibition Manifest Destiny features artists living in the West whose work acknowledges the complexity of our past viewed through a contemporary perspective that recognizes the value of cultural and biological diversity and the intricate web through which all of it is connected. The exhibition runs from February 14 to March 31 at Northlight Gallery. Three of the artists featured in the exhibition will give an artists' talk on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Recital Hall in the Music Building. Download Full Image

Nicholas Galanin’s works titled Curtis’s Legacy respond to an idealization of the “Indian” that Edward S. Curtis depicted in his North American Indian series. Galanin’s works directly engage the viewer in the objectification of their subject.

The Western Waters series by Sant Khalsa documents the increasing number of water stores in the west and recognizes “… the absurdity of these stores, and the way they seek to represent the source of a natural experience…with names, such as ‘Pure Water.’”

In their image 100 Sunsets ASU School of Art Regents' Professor of Photography Mark Klett and photo artist Byron Wolfe composited 100 images of sunsets at the rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona gleaned from the photo-sharing website, Flickr. This photographic montage underscores the instrumental role that visual representation played in defining the Grand Canyon as a scenic wonder.

As Arizona looks to the next 100 years its residents have the benefit of a contemporary awareness that recognizes the richness of its cultural heritage and the complexity of our relationship to each other and the land. Galanin, Khalsa and Klett will present their work and engage the audience in a conversation about how their images relate to Arizona's past, present and future.

Manifest Destiny is part of PHOTOtapas held from February 14 – 19 at Northlight Gallery, Art Intersection in Gilbert and Tilt Gallery in Phoenix. PHOTOtapas, a fine art photography event, celebrates the medium's past, present, and future by offering the community a sampling of photo-related activities including exhibitions, lectures, seminars, demonstrations and portfolio sharing. Sponsored by Art Intersection, Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography, Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University, and Tilt Gallery. For more information see

Recital Hall Room E510 in the Music Building located on the ASU, Tempe Campus. Parking is available in the visitors' lot on the southeast corner of Mill and University. Please reference the campus map.

Artists' Talk: Wed. Feb. 15, 2012, 7 p.m.


Public Contact
Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

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Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director

Addicted to love: 'Crave' deals strange Valentine

February 12, 2012

You might as well face it: You're looking for something to do on Valentine's Day.

Look no further than the art galleries on ASU's Tempe campus, where two new student-curated art exhibits open Feb. 13 with receptions from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 14. Download Full Image

Powerful and mesmerizing is how ASU's Jeanné (Juno) Schaser describes Crave: The Art of Dependency – a national group exhibition that looks at the phenomenon of addiction through various media.

Curator of the exhibit, Schaser says the idea came to her last semester when she took a course about gallery exhibitions from faculty associate Peter Bugg and was required to create a proposal for a gallery show. She began work on a concept for an exhibition about a compulsion of her own.

"I've had a lot of firsthand experience with watching others struggle with various addictions, and it made me realize that we're all, in one way or another, dependent on things that may be bad for us – whether they're substances, activities, or even relationships," says Schaser, a junior in the School of Art, within ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. "That's one of the complexities of addiction, and one of the things that I'm strangely fascinated with."

Schaser decided to submit her exhibition proposal to the campus gallery committee and was selected to curate the show at the Step Gallery. About half of the work comprising Crave originates from student artists at ASU, including graduate students. A few other pieces, Schaser says, are owned by another campus gallery – the Northlight Gallery – known for its huge collection of photography.

"It's because of Northlight that I'm actually able to include pieces from artists like Larry Clark, whose documentary photography work about addiction in the 70s was really groundbreaking," says Schaser, whose well-received call for artwork is evident in the array of artists participating in the show, from university professors to college students in art programs in New York and Connecticut.

And because of the profoundly personal nature of addiction, Schaser says the work is highly moving.

"Within every piece of art that's in this show, there's something at stake," she says. "A lot of the work is very personal for these artists – and the addiction that they're making work about may not be one that's their own or even one that's readily apparent. But they all share a common denominator. It's really powerful."  

A photography and museum studies double-major, Schaser was handed a camera when she was 7 years old. "It was a cheap, plastic 35mm camera. I mostly took pictures of my cats," she recalls. "When I was 10 or 12, my dad gave me a digital camera. I love photography. I think I've always wanted to take pictures of things."

Schaser says she would like to work in a museum after graduation, and curating Crave certainly is a great step toward achieving that goal.

"It's sort of ironic that the show is opening on Valentine's Day," Schaser says. "It wasn't something I requested, but maybe the gallery committee has a sense of humor. Compulsion and addiction seem like good themes for a holiday about love and relationships. Because people can, of course, be addicted to love."

When asked what her worst Valentine's Day experience was, Schaser says nervously: "This one could potentially be it – if things go wrong." Schaser adds: "I never had valentines. Maybe this year I will get flowers."

For your viewing pleasure, Crave is on display at the Step Gallery through Feb. 17.

In another group exhibition opening Feb. 14, Night Science is a collection of photography works and will be on display at Gallery 100 through Feb. 17.

Sean Deckert, co-curator of the show, says the exhibition's name came out of a conversation he had with Christopher Colville, a visiting professor of photography at ASU, about the term "night science."

Deckert refers to Francois Jacob's "The Statue Within," which describes night science as another approach to discovery that is opposite "day science." While day science involves reasoning and certainty, "night science, on the contrary, wanders in the dark," Jacob writes.

The way in which artists approach the mechanical camera – "as a tool for discovery," Deckert says – is the focus of the show.

"I photograph what I don't easily understand: my life, myself, and my relationships – the way we relate to one another and my perceptions," says ASU's Natalie Seils, whose work is featured in the show.

Deckert and Seils join other ASU photography students Brittany Chiodo, Andrew Farquhar, Kelly McNutt, Katelin Roberts, Amanda Green and Amy Dickson in collectively representing their skills and experience in the exhibition.

Night Science is essentially an experiment in the dark – the endless search for answers that might be best understood through one's instinct rather than one's logic. If that's not romantic then I'm not sure what is.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library