In this new monograph, Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, Jamey Stillings synthesizes environmental interests with his longstanding fascination with the intersections of nature and human activity. Jamey Stillings Photographs are accompanied by a foreword by Robert Redford, introduction by Anne Tucker, and text by Bruce Barcott. In October 2010, Stillings began a three-and- a-half- year aerial exploration over what has become the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert of California. From the simple and stark terrain of the preconstruction landscape to the angular forms of the completed solar plant producing 392 megawatts of electricity on 14 square kilometers of public land, Stillings explores dynamic interactions between raw organic forms of nature and those defined by the projects precise geometric lines. Shot from a helicopter during first and last light, Stillings; black-and- white images intrigue with tight abstractions, oblique views of geologic and geometric forms, and broad open views of the dramatic desert basin. Please join us for a book talk co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Book Festival, which will include images from the project.
Jamey Stillings (born 1955, USA) grew up in Oregon and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Stilling’s career spans documentary, fine art and commercial assignments. He earned a BA in Art from Willamette University (1978) and an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (1982). A passionate interest in and curiosity about people, world cultures, ideas, technology and the environment are guiding forces in Jamey’s photography and life. In both assignment and personal project work, he draws on a diverse range of photographic skills and thirty years of experience, nationally and internationally, from shooting documentary work to creating highly produced conceptual imagery. His work is in the collections of the United States Library of Congress; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Nevada Museum of Art; UNLV Libraries, Special Collections; and private collections. Stillings’ first monograph, The Bridge at Hoover Dam, was published in 2011 by Nazraeli Press.
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