Abrahamson exhibit at Craft Center draws attention to American environmental issues

An exhibit of aerial photography by Mark Abrahamson titled Global Warming: An American Perspective will be on display through Sept. 15 in Gallery Two of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

The exhibit focuses on the negative impact humans have on their environment, and Abrahamson says, “I’ve created this body of work with the hopes of raising awareness on issues like climate change, pollution and energy consumption.”

In his research process, he charters a plane to fly over areas that have been polluted from mining, water run-off and industrial waste.

From the sky, the damage to those areas is much more apparent, and Abrahamson’s aerial images reveal unnaturally brilliant colors that are simultaneously eerily beautiful.

His photo titled “Cleavage,” for example, depicts an open-pit coal mine in eastern Montana. The image shows ground water heavily contaminated with red iron oxide.

Gail Looper, gallery manager at the Craft Center, says, “For more in-depth information and an opportunity to hear Abrahamson speak about his experiences, his artwork and his environmental concerns for our future, please attend the reception and artist lecture scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Craft Center.”

The Craft Center, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56, and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or go online at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.

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