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.
Daniel Cheek received his BFA from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. Cheek has worked as a photographic printer (color and black and white), a photographer's assistant, and most recently, as rights and reproductions manager at Fraenkel Gallery. His recent work explores man's relation to nature and more specifically the ongoing settlement and abandoning of the Western landscape. His photographs revel in the color and light that is specific to the Great Basin area. Cheek has exhibited extensively in prominent galleries and museums in San Francisco, Reno, Seattle, Kansas City and New York. Cheek is pursuing his MFA at the University of Arizona.
DANIEL CHEEK ARTIST'S STATEMENT
My photography explores the relationship between people and their relationship with the land. I believe that very few people in the modern age have experienced unadulterated nature. I know I have not. The places we go to experience nature are built-on in order for us to experience it as safely and conveniently as possible. True nature would be too frightening or difficult to access for the majority of us.
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.