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Viktoria Ciostek, Highway Contruction; Brooks Mountain Range, Alaska, 2012, Photograph

Viktoria Ciostek, Highway Contruction; Brooks Mountain Range, Alaska, 2012, Photograph

Class / Workshop  |  Investigating the Impact of Machines on Natural Landscapes

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

International Center for Watercolor
Artist Inspiration Series

Instructor/Artist: Viktoria Ciostek
$36 members/$46 not-yet members

In this workshop, participants will engage with a photographer in discussing the impact of man and machines on natural landscapes.  Upon a brief presentation of Viktoria Ciostek's photography and its relationship to Charles Burchfield's work, participants will partake in a hands-on watercolor project involving the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s current exhibition Blistering Vision:  Charles E. Burchfield’s Sublime American Landscape.

Viktoria Ciostek is a Western New York based photographer whose work explores the collisions of the natural and the manmade. Her subjects are decidedly not the usual tourist attractions; rather, they stress the mundane and typically call attention to the environmental consequences of human presence. In Ciostek’s photographs people are rarely seen but the ghostly traces of them and their machines are.

“Incongruous manmade objects in natural environments are subjects I use as windows to view larger industrial systems at play.  It is my intention to raise awareness toward our industrial practices, the natural habitats they alter, and the need for responsible human stewardship over the resources and
land we depend upon.”


Supply List:

Watercolor pigments that you enjoy working with, watercolor paper, brushes, palette, and
paper towels
Dark toned ink pens 

To register call Kathy Gaye Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or email or download the registration form on the International Center for Watercolor website.  Families and youth 12 and older are encouraged to participate.