Humboldt County Library, Winnemucca, NV
Jan. 30 – March 26, 2012
Lake Tahoe Community College, The Haldan Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe, CA
April 12 – June 15, 2012
St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT
June 20 – Sept. 8, 2012
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
The Great Basin, the vast, arid region between California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and Utah's Wasatch Range, encompasses the state of Nevada and parts of Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey examines loss, change, and abandonment in the American West through the lenses of three photographers: Daniel Cheek, Adam Jahiel, and Nolan Preece. Each photographer focuses on subjects that are changing in or disappearing from the Great Basin.
This exhibit, organized by the Nevada Arts Council, is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada State Legislature and Western States Arts Federation. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
This site is your online interpretation center and companion to the traveling exhibition of Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey. We invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts, reflections, and feelings on the evocative images presented here.
Adam Jahiel was educated at the Brooks Institute of Photography (BS) with a major in commercial photography and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia (BJ) majoring in photojournalism. Jahiel began his freelance career doing editorial, motion picture and corporate photography working on projects as varied as the movie "Out of Africa" to HBO comedy specials. Jahiel is also drawn to adventure projects; most notably he was the photographer for the landmark French-American 1987 Titanic expedition.
His work has appeared in most major U.S. publications, including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Geographic Society and others. Jahiel's work also has appeared in dozens of books, including the acclaimed "The Day in a Life of " series. For years, Jahiel has been photographing the cowboys of the Great Basin, perhaps one of the most inhospitable regions of the already rugged West. These people represent one of the last authentic American subcultures, one that is disappearing at a rapid rate. Jahiel lives in Story, Wyoming.
Special thanks to the Darrell Armuth and Donna Hellwinkel Collection for the loan of their Adam Jahiel platinum prints for this exhibition.
ADAM JAHIEL ARTIST'S STATEMENT
It was 1974. I must have been 16 years old, and on my first major road trip—driving west to meet my Uncle in Utah and go fishing at Lake Powell. I had a '69 Chrysler Newport 2-door and a buddy of mine who was on his way to Arizona. After I dropped him off in Green River, I headed south all by myself. I remember listening to a tape of Handel's "Water Music" that my mom had given me, and I was driving, and everything was just incredibly big—massive red rocks, vast sky, and you didn't see a soul for hours. That space and solitude just felt right. That's what put the hook in me, and ever since I've had a need for that kind of western space. The West is a world where points on the map are far apart, where the country is vast, the skies huge, and where, in the scale of things, men become insignificant. Out away from town, there are no pay phones, cell phones, computers or backups; nobody to flag down if you run out of gas or water. If you get lost, you're lost. If you're bucked off and your horse runs, you better start walking.
When I was in California I spent a lot of weekends in the Los Padres Mountains above Santa Barbara. My friends had horses and we would ride and rope and go to rodeos—and, of course I took pictures. There was something interesting to me about cowboys and the whole "western" thing—these were people who weren't afraid of getting their hands dirty, who had to deal with animals and weather and nature, and not the artificial environment of a business office or computer laboratory. There is something that I find very compelling and almost Zen-like about ranch hands. They are not caught up in materialism or status seeking. And because their world is limited in distractions, what they do, they do well, completely and thoroughly.
Designed to provide high-quality visual arts exhibits to communities throughout Nevada for an affordable fee, TEP features an array of subjects and art forms, ranging from traditional Washoe basketry to landscape painting and contemporary sculpture. TEP sponsors receive installation and pick-up, insurance, publicity materials and Gallery Notes for each exhibit. Download the Gallery Notes for Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey.
A catalogue for Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey is available for $15; please call the Nevada Arts Council at 775.687.6680. This 60-page full-color deluxe publication presents the work of photographers Adam Jahiel, Daniel Cheek and Nolan Preece. The catalogue also includes an insightful essay by noted art critic, Kirk Robertson.