October 27, 2015

Contact: Garet Zook

Cal Poly to Exhibit Photographs by Clint Baclawski Oct. 29-Dec. 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An exhibit titled “Lush,” featuring the work of photographer Clint Baclawski, will open Thursday, Oct. 29, in the University Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34) at Cal Poly.

The evening will open with a talk by Baclawski at 5:10 p.m. in Room 150 in the Dexter Building; a reception will follow at 5:45 p.m. in the University Art Gallery.

“Instead of using gallery lights to illuminate a flat image on a wall, Clint’s photos emanate light from within, giving them a substance that is normally associated with sculpture,” said gallery specialist Garet Zook. “The light spectrum that moves through the prints fills the room with its luminescence, creating a space that is in its entirety an experience.”

This exhibition represents Baclawski’s most ambitious work to date. The University Art Gallery will be filled with 64 panels of 128 LED bulbs. The 128 linear feet of images were photographed near Boston and feature blades of grass on a soccer field. The entire image captures the length of the field; corner post to corner post. Within the room, visitors will see a full range of color variants, including the lushest greens and the bluest of blue skies, ending in negative colors; purple and yellow with a full black-and-white transition in between. 

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located on the ground floor near the entrance to the Dexter Building.

About the Artist

Clint Baclawski explores photography with a scientific curiosity. He presents his imagery with a range of media, pushing the limitations of photography, including large-format digital prints, light boxes, and composited images wrapped around light tubes. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004, he completed post-baccalaureate study at Bucknell University and earned an MFA degree in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008. Since graduation, Baclawski has taught photography and served as lab manager in the Technology Department at MassArt. He has exhibited his photographs around the Northeast for the past decade and has recently received more widespread recognition. Several new works were featured in the inaugural Alternative Photography Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, this past summer. He will also have a solo-exhibition of his light bulb series at Adelson Galleries Boston in June  2016.


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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.

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