Vivian Keulards & Sharon Harper – Closes Feb 16


Vivian Keulards: Dear Noortje, from “80439”

Sharon Harper: One Month, Weather Permitting, 2009 Night Sky over Banff, Alberta September 12 – October 10, 2007 5 October 6 October’

Exhibition dates: January 8 – February 16

Gallery Talk with Vivian Keulards and Tomiko Jones: Thursday, January 24, 7 pm. $5/$3 members and students

Gallery Talk with Jeanne Liotta and ka Chun Yu: Thursday, February 7, 7 pm. $5/$3 members and students

CPAC opens 2013 with solo shows by two photographers seeking to illuminate an understanding of surroundings and the world in which we live. Vivian Keulards brings a European “outsider” sensibility to bear on her adopted hometown of Evergreen, Colorado. Her color images, shot on film and printed digitally, juxtapose finely crafted portraits with environmental landscapes in and around Evergreen. Sharon Harper, in contrast, explores perception and technology by photographing the night sky. Her images range from photographs to video stills, shot with a variety of cameras, some of which Harper creates using a telescope as a lens.


About the Work

Vivian Keulards states that: “In 2010 I moved from The Netherlands to Evergreen, Colorado, for three years. My new home environment is very different, confusing, and intriguing at the same time…In truth it feels like I’m living in a constructed reality show – the fiction and the reality confuse me…By making the images, I’m able to feel less alienated, more aware of my emotions. Affected by beauty, loneliness, affection, horror, oddness, or more likely a combination of all, this is my personal view of life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, area code 80439.”

Sharon Harper uses photography and video to explore perceptions that we cannot experience without the camera. “From Above and Below” maps invisible experience using markers from the natural world to help locate our selves in relationship with phenomena beyond us. In the work, the camera serves as a prosthetic that generates its own limits and logic. It impacts the record it keeps, which is ultimately a visual dialogue transcribed by the image-maker and the camera together. This relationship is a metaphor for the myriad ways technology and art affect and ultimately facilitate our understanding of our surroundings.


Vivian Keulards is a portrait photographer from the Netherlands. She currently lives in Evergreen, Colorado, where she works on several ongoing photo projects. In 2009, she graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. Her fascination for images and photography started at the KUN University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) where she gained a Masters Degree in Communication Science in 1995. Vivian’s work won Best of Show in the 2012 CPAC Members Show, received 2 Honorable Mentions in the 2012 International Photography Awards competition, and was recently included in the Currents 2012 exhibition at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.


Sharon Harper received an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Art in New York City. Her photographs are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, among other collections. She has received numerous artist-in-residence fellowships including at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and the MacDowell Colony. Radius Books will publish the first monograph of her work, From Above and Below, in November 2012. She is an Associate Professor, Visual and Environmental Studies Program at Harvard University.


Read interviews with Sharon Harper here (photo-eye) and here (St. Lucy)