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Little Altars
Photographs by Catherine Cardarelli and Frank Sadorus

  • September 26 - October 26, 2001
  • Reception: Thursday, October 4, from 5 - 8 p.m. Gallery Lounge
  • Gallery Talk by Photography Faculty, Craig McMonigal: Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

“Little Altars, “ a new exhibition on view September 26 - October 26 at the Parkland Art Gallery, features a selection of photographs by Georgia artist, Catherine Cardarelli and early 20th century central Illinois photographer Frank Sadorus.

Although from opposite ends of the century, both photographers have chosen to address their concerns with the changes of the world around them. In photographing the family farm, Frank Sadorus documented the last years of a way of life in the rural Midwest. Catherine Cardarelli struggles with the impact of the ever-expanding city and the loss of rural locations. Her works on exhibit are influenced by the changes she sees going on around her as the rural areas in Georgia are being taken over by growing cities and urban developments. “It is exciting and distressing at the same time. I felt the need to speak to this in the form of photographs which evolved into the Little Altars.” Her still lifes are quite reflections that combine man made and industrial objects with organic elements.

Catherine Cardarelli currently lives in Nicholson, Georgia, and is Professor of Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. She completed her undergraduate studies in photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

The photographs of work by Frank Sadorus are from a selection of images made from the 350 negatives he made between 1908 and 1912. For four years Frank Sadorus used his view camera to create highly original work, infusing everyday objects with his artistic sensitivity and sense of humor. Although little is known of his artistic intent, clearly he was aware of the photographic thought of his time and viewed himself as an artist.
In 1981, Ray Bial took on the project of printing photographs from 350 glass plate negatives that had been found by Frank Sadorus’ nephew, and the challenge of recreating the look of Sadorus' work without having access to the printing and developing materials that Sadorus used. The current selection of photographs on exhibit is part of an exhibit that toured extensively throughout the state of Illinois from 1986 to 1989.

Craig McMonigal, Parkland photography faculty will provide a gallery talk at 7 p.m. On the evening of the reception Thursday, October 4.

Programs at the Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a State agency.



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