VENT is a photographic response to another long, hot summer. A reaction to the heat and pressure felt on a personal, political, and planetary level. The stereoscopic images in VENT reflect both the beauty and ominous future of the planet in an age when our knowledge of climate change poses serious questions about our future. VENT explores how artists incorporate issues of concern into their work, and illustrates the artist’s personal transition from the power of advocacy to change the way we think, to the potential of art to change the way we feel.
Bahouth advocated for environmental issues for 30 years as Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, the Ted Turner Family Foundation, and the US Climate Action Network, before becoming a full-time photographer. His primary medium is stereoscopic/3D photography, a process developed in the 1830s. Bahouth designs his own viewers - often incorporating sculpture, sound, or signage - as an invitation to look. Peering into the viewer removes all other external visual information. This focus through the display onto an image where depth and space are intensified creates a more personal experience with the viewer. There is a sense of being projected into the image, and into another place and time.
Jonah Grice uses labor-intensive hand processes to create sculptural mixed-media dreamscapes. His sometimes bizarre landscapes evoke change and growth through his process of manipulating paper, sewing patterns, wood, fabric, and found objects that become different facets of one installation. Each piece is growing from, attached to, and interacting with every other piece to create a playful and visually exciting environment.
Jonah Grice was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his BFA with a minor in filmmaking from UAB in 2016.
The body is a vessel containing remnants of an individual existence. Moments that shape you leave behind evidence. Details slip away, but their impact remains. Mia Badham's work contemplates the markings our lives leave behind. She thinks of wrinkles and scars as a body's evidence of old memories or forgotten pain. Skin becomes a site to be excavated, unearthing the stories beneath. In this series of recent paper and mixed-media sculptures she investigates the complex layering of memory and how different elements collage together over time. Examining how seemingly random interactions overlap to reveal something unexpected.
Mia Badham recently graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Bachelor of Fine Arts and minors in Art History and Marketing. She utilizes a variety of different media, with particular focus on mixed media sculpture and ceramics. In addition to creating her own artwork, she works as a studio assistant for a local ceramic artist.
Troy Crisswell is an oil and watercolor painter from Birmingham, Alabama. He has exhibited his signature moody paintings since 1987 and has shown his work in galleries and exhibitions throughout the Southeast. His combination of realism and surreal elements has earned him numerous awards throughout his career.
In addition to being an established member of the Birmingham art community, Troy plays guitar player and writes original songs. In 2010 he published his first book, "Thoughts On Painting"