Yosemite Renaissance XXVI
Yosemite Museum Gallery
February 26 – May 1, 2011
Celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns has referred to our National Parks as America’s Best Idea. He might be right. Even beyond the pure majesty of nature, the link between outdoor cathedrals like Yosemite and artistic creativity is inescapable. Ansel Adams certainly set the standard with his mesmerizing photographing of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Tuolumne Meadows, such that the aspiration of creativity set in and around Yosemite is recaptured each year in the Renaissance gallery show, now in its 26th edition.
To be in Yosemite is to recharge the batteries and grasp once again why we set out to create in the shadows of near perfection. It is a challenge, it is a gift, and it is a joy. If there is such a thing as magic, this interplay between our need to make art in harmony and contrast with the beautiful and the sublime offers a sense of mysticism and awe beyond words, pictures, images, or replication. Yet that does not mean we should not try to interpret, in fact Yosemite reminds us the elements forever compel us to envision the invisible.