The Umbran Forest & Gathering Water and Light

Shows, Performances, and Exhibitions
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Venue: Hallberg Center for the Arts  |  City: Wyoming, MN

An imaginative exhibit of two artists, teaming up to create a series of drawings with intriguing afterthoughts.  Brittney Turner and James Martin are the two Twin Cities artists that collaborate on this project.

Nationally recognized photographer, Jess Lee Shimek will have her unique layered photography on display in the Cube Gallery.

The Umbran Forest & Gathering Water and Light

Gathering Water and Light...

by Jes Lee Shimek

In my artwork I layer photographs of our world and compose them into images of new places and realities. I draw a lot of my inspiration from cyberpunk novels where characters often find themselves existing in a digital reality that is based on places in our world, but contains layers of other times, locations, and information, and could only exist digitally.

Gathering Water and Light is my current series of images. Humans often surround ourselves with light. Light pollution is being talked about in many ways by experts concerned at its effects on us and our world. We fill everywhere we can with streetlights, solar powered lights, lamps, decorative lights, and the glowing screens of our personal electronic devices. This part of the series shows the light trails we leave behind us in the real world, and imagines what light trails we might create in the digital world. Water has always been critical to our existence. With questions raised about the quality of our drinking water as well as the dangers of
rising sea levels, it is a subject that seems on our minds even more. This part of the series imagines landscapes full of water to live with or to cross over.


The Umbran Forest

by Brittney Turner and James Martin

Umbra is latin for shadow, it has often been used to describe phantom images, or being the source of darkness itself.

The Umbran Forest is a journey through the shadows expressing the ties between humanity and nature, which also considers the psychological exploration of the human mind. As the artists for this series, we contemplated such topics and tied them into naturalistic creatures stemming from various myths or our own imaginations.

Myths and folklore are stories that are made up by people to express the knowns and unknowns of the natural world.  In doing so, this serves as a junction between nature and the human mind, so we may observe them both together. Nature contains many cycles, and while some may view us as people and nature as separate entities, we are truly as much a part of nature as anything else. We encourage the immersion into the fabricated and fantastical world of the Umbran Forest, hoping to bring to light the tie of humans to the natural world.


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All Dates

  • From Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Saturday, May 19, 2018
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