‘Moment’ cap­tured at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

RIDGELY — China’s strange, misty moun­tains and a tall cas­cad­ing wa­ter­fall in Ice­land greet vis­i­tors to Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter in “Mo­ments”, an exhibit of large pho­to­graphs by John Rup­pert on view through July 29.

A re­cep­tion is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, June 25, to meet the artist and learn about his fas­ci­na­tion with the ef­fects of chang­ing light, shift­ing at­mos­pheres, mov­ing wa­ter and ge­o­log­i­cal forces.

When Rup­pert takes a pho­to­graph, he’s not just try­ing to cap­ture a beau­ti­ful scene. What in­ter­ests him more is how the landscape got to be the way it was at that very moment in time. On a visit to an is­land in Maine, he found boul­ders along the wa­ter’s edge worn smooth by cen­turies of wave ac­tion. Dur­ing an artist’s res­i­dency in Ice­land, he pho­tographed glaciers where gritty stains in the ice traced the pat­terns of melt­ing wa­ter.

A full pro­fes­sor and for­mer chair­man of the De­part­ment of Art at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, Rup­pert is best known for his cast-metal sculp­tures, in­clud­ing a huge alu­minum pump­kin on view out­side the Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org, email info@ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org or call 410–634–2847, ext. 0.

“Sea Cave/The Ice­land Pro­ject 2012–13” by John Rup­pert

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