Ross Faircloth

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Biography:

Ross Faircloth is a Fine Art Photographer living and working in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. He graduated in 2012 from Texas Woman's University with an MFA in Photography and in 2009 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Photography.  Ross grew up in Kaufman, Tx, a small rural town about 35 miles east of Dallas, he considers this beautiful, wide open and inviting landscape as a major influence in his overall aesthetic and growth as an artist.  He works simultaneously with both traditional and experimental darkroom techniques, and new forms of digital media.  His work focuses on using conventional photographic elements and processes in new and experimental ways.  One through pure experimentation in the darkroom working with only light, photo paper, and photo-chemistry, the other through digitally capturing an image from a video game and then printing that image traditionally through the darkroom.

Résumé:

Education

2012                Masters of Fine Arts in Photography, Texas Woman’s University

2009                Bachelors of Fine Arts with concentration in Photography, The University of Texas at Arlington

2006                Associates in Art, Eastfield Community College, May 2006

Solo Exhibitions

2015                “Dark Grandeur,” Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, Dallas Public Library, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas, Tx.

2012                “An Evidence of Chance,” Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, Fine Arts Building, East Gallery, Denton, Tx.

Recent Group Exhibitions

2015

“BCSA Art Faculty,” Forum Gallery, Brookhaven Community College, Farmers Branch, Tx

“A Mystery and a Dream,” Juror: Beverly Rayner, PhotoSynthesis, Manchester, CT

“In Good Company,” Gallery 219, Eastfield Community College, Mesquite, Tx

2014

“Faculty Show,” The Arts Gallery at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, Plano, Tx.

“Alternative Processes,”  Juror:  Christopher James, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co.

“The Alternative Approach,” Juror: Christopher James, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Va.

“The Alternative Approach,” Juror: Christopher James, Online  Gallery, www.kiernangallery.com/the-alternative-approach/

2012

“Art Event at Oak St. Drafthouse,” Juror: Alicia Berdan, The Oak St. Drafthouse, Denton, Tx.

“Hot-and-Sweaty,” 500X Gallery, Dallas, Tx.

Collections

2010                “The Night I . . . “, Texas Woman’s University Library, Rare Books Collection, Denton, Texas 

Recent Publications

2015

LensCulture Featured Artist, Dark Grandeur, August ’15, Editor: Jim Casper

The Hand Magazine, Issue #9, July ’15, Editors: Adam Finkelston and James Meara

Ticka-Arts | A Texas non-profit, Online Gallery Feature Artist for January and February, Executive Director: Sonseree´ V. Gibson

2014

Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, A Matter of Light, Jurors: Blue Mitchell, Katherine Ware

Oranbeg Press, Net 11: The Poetic Narrative, November 21, 2014, Jurors: Ashley Kauschinger, Ethan Fogus

The Hand Magazine, Issue #5, July ’14, Editors: Adam Finkelston and James Meara

The Hand Magazine, Issue #3, January ‘14, Editors: Adam Finkelston and James Meara

2013

Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, Special Edition, Editors Choice, Juror: Blue Mitchell

2012

Light Leaked photography blog, “Photo Friday: Kalee Appleton and Ross Faircloth”, November 30, 2012, blog author Ashley Kauschinger

Statement:

An Evidence of Chance

Questioning is where we begin understanding.  Through this series the artist questions the very notion of what photography is, and what it has become since its invention in 1839.  In looking at those origins it is clear that what we now know as photography could also be described as an evidence of chance.  Following in that vein of ‘chance’ and utilizing just the basic elements in photography, light, time, light-sensitive materials and photo-chemistry the artist has abstracted the medium and opened it up to a new way of seeing.

This process began by turning traditional darkroom paper, the light sensitive material, into the camera itself.  It was then either covered in black cloth and taken outside to expose and create a recognizable image or left outside and unprotected for weeks to months at a time to expose not only to light but also the harsh Texas environment to incorporate the element of chance.  The paper cameras left to ‘chance’ were also manipulated through application of photo-chemistry, some before and some after their extended time exposing outside.  This allowed for another element of chance in the work through the use of abstract expressionism techniques.  The use of abstract expressionism creates an interesting conversation in relation to photography, as abstract expressionism is a visual recording, until now, in paint, of an action or event that is itself the content for the work of art.  Oddly enough, you could define photography in the same way.

Additional Information:

Website: http://www.rossfaircloth.com/

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Associated Exhibitions

2nd Anniversary Show in our New Gallery Space.
January 20 - February 17, 2018
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Evidence: Seen & Unseen
Our inaugural exhibition which explores the revelations, mysteries and connections of photography as evidence.
December 13, 2015 - April 9, 2016
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