Paul Wegner at Inver Hills Art Gallery

Paul Wegner Avon Hills

Documentary photography project by IHCC Photography Instructor

New in the Gallery: Avon Hills | Paul Wegner

A documentary photography project by IHCC Photography Instructor

Paul Wegner returns to Inver Hills Community College after a sabbatical revisiting Avon Hills, Minnesota, to document his former community. A photography instructor at the college, Wegner is a 2014 recipient of a Next Step Grant administered by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in support of the Avon Hills photography project.

“My work examines this rural area that is home to artists, tradespeople, farmers, academics, and others who are active and engaged community members,” Wegner said. “The landscape of Avon Hills reveals the geological markings of a glacial age, and exists now as varied ecosystems from marshland, to woodland, and prairie.”

WHAT: Avon Hills | Paul Wegner
WHEN:

Sept. 29 to Oct. 22, 2014
Reception: 6–8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

WHERE: Inver Hills Art Gallery

Artist statement

Avon Hills

Paul Wegner Avon Hills

I am a photographer who makes portraits of people and places. My work displays quiet humanity and directness. It focuses on the subtle rather than the sensational. I attempt to present portraits that are descriptive and personal.

I draw on the work of modernist masters such as August Sander who often presented subjects frontally posed while identifying their role in German society, and Walker Evans who used the term “Lyric Documentary” to acknowledge both the objective and intuitive sides of photographing for his work in the American South. As contemporary portrait photography displays many of its subjects with blank expressionless stares I strive to emphasize the presence of humanity in a subtle, but visible manner. My subjects acknowledge the presence of the camera, but they are not solely defined by it.

In my current body of work I have returned to the Avon Hills area of central Minnesota after moving away 20 years ago. My work examines this rural area that is home to artists, tradespeople, farmers, academics, and others who are active and engaged community members. The landscape of Avon Hills reveals the geological markings of a glacial age, and exists now as varied ecosystems from marshland, to woodland, and prairie. Those who live here have a close relationship to the land as farmers, beekeepers, arborists, and harvesters of maple syrup. Residents of this area enrich the place where they live by their pursuits. My portraits seek to introduce members of the Avon Hills community to the viewer and describe the land where they live and work.

Paul Wegner Studio

Inver Hills Art Gallery

Fine Arts Building
Inver Hills Community College
2500 East 80th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
General: 651-450-3000
Gallery: 651-450-3101

New expanded Inver Hills Art Gallery hours

  • Monday:  9 a.m. − 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  2 p.m. − 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. − 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. − 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. − 4 p.m.

Images in post ©Paul Wegner

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Erin Goedtel
Gallery Coordinator
651-450-3101

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