Hard Places: Photographs by Ben Alper and Joy Drury Cox
Hard Places: Joy Drury Cox and Ben Alper
On display in Ejecta Projects: October 5 though November 10, 2018
First Friday Opening: October 5, 2018, 5 to 8 pm
Meet the Artists and Public Reception: October 27, 2018, 5 to 8 pm
Ejecta Projects Hours: Thursday – Friday, 3-7 pm; Saturday, noon – 7pm
The title of this exhibition, "Hard Places," is at once a slightly tongue-in-cheek nod to the expression "between a rock and a hard place," but also a more literal description of the solidity of the surfaces photographed during travels to the Pacific Northwest. The wife-and-husband artists, Joy Drury Cox and Ben Alper, acknowledge that in a very overt way, the title acknowledges the challenges of photographing landscapes of great beauty and grandeur within the limitations of a camera’s singular lens. With a long history of majestic landscape paintings and photographs in mind, the artists also reframe seemingly sublime wildernesses within the context of tourism and present-day environmental changes. Some photographs offer glimpses onto expansive vistas of woods, wildflowers, and the sea; other spaces—densely woven tree roots, rough rock faces, and dizzying plains of gravel – appear curiously constrained and abstracted.