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The Atmosphere Exposed . . . Travels to the American Center for Physics

April 10, 2012
Press Release #12-049


Opening May 8 at 5:30 p.m. Flow & Fluctuation brings together two distinct bodies of work, which at first glance share little in common—“The Atmosphere Exposed: Photographs of Halos, Mirages, Iridescent Clouds... and more!” and bronze sculptures by Carol Brown Goldberg. Both “The Atmosphere Exposed” photographers and Goldberg explore and record patterns of change over time as a way to understand underlying phenomena in our world. The resulting exhibition, Flow & Fluctuation, looks at points of convergence between atmospheric events in the photographs and recycled alchemy in the sculptures. Dr. Chuck Adler of St. Mary’s College of Maryland will give a presentation on “Light and the Landscape: Understanding What You See” at 6:30 p.m.

“The Atmosphere Exposed” represents a selection of 44 photographs from the original juried exhibition held in conjunction with the 10th International Light and Color at the Open Air Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2010. From crepuscular rays to a cartwheel rainbow, the images document a staggering array of interactions between light and the earth’s atmosphere and landscape. All of the events are available to the naked eye, requiring no special equipment, just a passionate pursuit of atmospheric optics in the great outdoors. Some of these visual spectacles can be seen every day, while others occur once in a lifetime. Equally diverse is the range of photographers, encompassing scientists, meteorologists, and amateurs from around the world.

Like the photographers, Carol Brown Goldberg brings attention to the overlooked, coaxing beauty, humor, and complexity from everyday objects. And like the photographs, Goldberg’s sculptures reflect an experimental approach involving a kind of chase or hunt. Each of her cast bronze sculptures represents a unique time capsule that freezes a fleeting encounter of disparate elements. Some of her subjects are already obsolete while others await the fate of our consumer culture. As such they can be seen as relics of another time or by extension, offer glimpses into the future.

The American Center for Physics’ biannual exhibition series explores the interplay between science and art and their shared quest to illuminate the universe and our place in it. Begun in 1997, the program features artists whose work is inspired by current trends in science as well as technology, medicine, and mathematics.

To visit the exhibition at the American Center for Physics located at One Physics Ellipse, College Park, Maryland 20740, see or call 301-209-3100.  The exhibition is is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays) and runs through mid-October 2012.