Collin J Örthner – Photographer

March 23, 2014

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Filed under: Architecture, Canon G10, Documentary, Hand of Man, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, Travel — collin j örthner @ 9:14 pm

A real highlight of our trip to Phoenix in February was our visit to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). It is a fabulous facility with simply outstanding exhibits and a great bookstore to boot! I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA’s minimalist building (a renovation of a former movie theater) has four galleries that showcase changing exhibitions.

SMoCA’s current(until May 4th) exhibit titled Five Senses includes an installation by  Olafur  Eliasson called Beauty that constructs an experience of sensory contrasts which shifts between darkness and light, warm and cool, dry and damp and that amplify the spectacular visual experience of standing amidst water and a beautiful spectrum of fractured light.

Best known among Arizona based artist Steve Turrell’s completed artworks are his Skyspaces. One of these mysterious enclosures, Knight Rise, is located in the Museum’s outdoor Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture courtyard. Rimmed internally with a concrete bench, Knight Rise invites you to observe the sky through an elliptical opening in the ceiling. We visited this in the middle of a cloudy afternoon, but evening would be highly recommended as you would then be able to observe the changing colour of the sky as dusk settles in on the desert.






Canon G10   (#1, #2)

Sigma DP1M w/Ricoh GW-3  (#3, #4)




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