The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is hosting an exhibit by Santa Fe Artist Craig Varjabedian titled “Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby”, on display through Jan. 8, 2012. At the heart of the Northern New Mexico’s legendary Ghost Ranch, known as the longtime home of the 20th-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe, Varjabedian has captured the beauty and mystique of the thousands of acres in his black-and - white photography exhibit. Museum goers experience a sense of the majestic, peaceful inspirational place through the lens of Varjabedian’s camera.
“You look across the valleys and you understand why O’Keeffe needed to be there. It’s so powerful,” said Varjabedian. “I had been visiting Ghost Ranch for at least 10 years before I was able to start making photographs that were more than pretty pictures. When I took the photograph of Cerro Pedernal No. 2, I knew something had changed. The switch was on and the work came fast and furious for seven years. Then it shut off. All of the sudden the pictures just weren’t there anymore, and I knew I was done.”
This traveling exhibition of images taken at Ghost Ranch over a period of several years reaches beyond the familiar ideas associated with the place – into the artist’s unique vision of his subject’s relationship to the surrounding earth and its inhabitants. Viewers of all ages can appreciate, and perhaps be inspired by Varjabedian’s choice of black-and-white photography along with his unique perspective and creation of a timeless body of artistic work.
Varjabedian is widely acclaimed for his images capturing the people and places of the American West, taken over a photographic career of more than 35 years. While his work reveals a deep grasp of the technical aspects of the photographic process, his gift is his intuitive ability to make authentic and compelling images that illuminate the inseparable ties between identity, place and the act of perceiving -- the “landscape behind the landscape.” An in-depth look into his artist perspective can be found in his companion book to the exhibition, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby available for purchase at The Museum Store.
Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. For more information about the Museum or for a calendar of events, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250.
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