Gary Hallman is an educator and an artist whose creative work is based in photography. He received his M.F.A. in 1971 from the University of Minnesota. His work has been exhibited in national and international solo and group exhibitions since the late 60s and is represented in major national collections. He is a professor in the Department of Art, University of Minnesota. www.garyhallman.com
While working on a curatorial project with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 2001, I was offered the opportunity to visit Iran’s National Carpet Museum. The experience of standing before those large tapestries and carpets was powerfully moving. Their generosity of spirit, density and color, and the elegance of their formal complexity offered nuanced new meanings to the word “beauty,” a term and idea often marginalized in discussions of contemporary American art. It immediately engaged my interest in both how the idea/ideal of the landscape is typically described in photography and painting…It is my hope that this work offers the viewer the same pleasures I find in the challenge of making them, and that the inherent elements of photography, those that define Roland Barthes “message without a code,” all conspire together to engage the mind as well as the heart.