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By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

AA Ganis waterslide: An exhibit of photographer John Ganis’ work is now on display at Ferndale’s Revolution Gallery. Pictured here is “Waterslide, Mountain, Texas” (1986). Courtesy of Revolution gallery, Ferndale.

Two exhibitions open at Revolution Gallery

FERNDALE – Revolution Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Consuming the American Landscape” by noted photographer John Ganis of Pleasant Ridge through Nov. 22. This, the artist’s first solo exhibition at Revolution, includes a selection of his color photographs from 1984 to 2002 that document “a world littered with the remains of man’s enterprises.” Although environmentally at odds, the landscape of nature and intrusion of culture pose a poetic fusion through his lens.
“Consuming the American Landscape” is organized in celebration of the recent release of the book “Consuming the American Landscape” published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. The book includes photographs by John Ganis along with poetry by the late noted anthropologist and poet Stanley Diamond. It also includes texts by Robert Sobieszek, chief curator of photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and George Thompson, director of The Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, V A.
Ganis is currently professor and photography department chair at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where he has taught since 1980. The series “Consuming the American Landscape” developed the artist’s environmental concerns.
The public is cordially invited to attend a reception for and book signing by the artist on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Revolution Gallery is also pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Shaping Silence” by celebrated American ceramist Robert Turner through Nov. 22. This exhibition includes a selection of his vessels that quietly reveal the memories of places that have inspired his rich existence.
“Shaping Silence” is organized in conjunction with the recent release of “Robert Turner: Shaping Silence, a Life in Clay” published by Kodansha International. The book includes essays by Marsha Miro of Bloomfield Hills, an architectural historian at Cranbrook Academy of Art and independent arts writer, and Tony Hepburn – also of Bloomfield Hills – a renowned artist, writer and head of ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The book also includes an introduction by Janet Koplos, senior editor at Art in America.
The public is cordially invited to attend a reception for and book signing by the artist and authors Miro and Hepburn on Saturday Oct. 25, from 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Turner, who celebrated his 90th birthday on July 22nd, has, in the words of Janet Koplos, “made forms that pull the focus inward, inviting imaginative projections and leading the viewers’ attention beyond subtle and sensuous surfaces toward cosmic associations.”
This is Mr. Turner’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. For this show we have selected works from the artist, as well as from private collections within metro-Detroit.
“John Ganis: Consuming the American Landscape” and “Robert Turner: Shaping Silence” are presented as part of Revolution’s 10th anniversary season.
Revolution is located at 23257 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

The Fontana Chamber Arts season continues ‘with a bang’

KALAMAZOO – The spectacular Chamber & Jazz Music Season 2003-2004 continues “with a bang” as Fontana Chamber Arts, in cooperation with the Western Michigan University School of Music, presents the percussion group NEXUS at WMU’s Dalton Recital Hall on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8p.m.
Since 1971, the five-man percussion ensemble has built a global repertoire and a reputation to match. The ensemble’s virtuosity, innovative programming and insatiable musical curiosity have inspired compositions from some of the greatest composers of our time. The group plays everything from tablas to conch shells, from Ghanaian compositions to works by John Cage, in venues from Tanglewood to Tokyo. And no matter where it journeys, NEXUS leaves behind friends, music lovers reminded that if humankind has a universal language, it is rhythm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and can be purchased through Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center Box Office at 800-228-9858 or 269-387-2300. Contact the Fontana Chamber Arts office at 269-382-7774 or online at for more details.

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