Tom Clements

Above: from his Reserve series, print on canvas, both 12 x 8″ // Simpler Times, framed print on canvas, 29.5 x 15.5″

Tom Clements has had a passion for photography since 1977, when he got his first 35mm camera. Clements was driven by a life-long dream to be in National Geographic magazine. As an adult, Clements has rekindled his love for photography, and has spent years traveling the world to capture a diversity of images. The Midwestern landscape has played an especially important role in shaping Clements’ career; the images in our collection reflect the nostalgia and authenticity Clements sees in the midwest. Currently residing with his family in Tennessee, Clements is continuing his photographic career and travels. After a trip to Africa, Tom had one of his images featured in National Geographic – a dream come true!

For prints by Tom, visit his website here.

Fun Fact: 35mm film was first produced in 1892 by Thomas Edison and William Dickson, and mainly served commercial use. 35mm film did not become mainstream until about 1925, used in the Leica I compact camera. 

Erik Saulitis

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Above: selections from the Danceprints series, framed prints, 43 x 35″

We have several of Minnesota-based artist Erik Saulitis’ works in our two fitness centers at The Current Iowa. These beautiful photos offer a new look at the human body, and serve as inspiring portraits for our gym-goers. Erik has been involved with both visual and performance art for years, and has found a way to perfectly blend the two forms. The images he captures are the result of collaborations between himself, choreographers, and dancers. Erik shoots in a studio where he has ultimate control of the lighting; there is no photoshop used in these images. This artistic control is exercised throughout his process, from initial conception to the framing of the final print.

See more of Erik Saulitis’ magical photographs on his website: danceprints.com.

Fun Fact: The human body, as well as many other living organisms, glows in the dark! Our bodies are constantly emitting biophotons that cause our bodies to illuminate. However, the human eye is too weak to see this aura; the light we emit is about 1/1000 times weaker than the human eye can process. 

Clifton Henri

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Above: Wings, print, 11.5 x 11.25″

Award-winning Chicago-based artist Clifton Henri has a story to tell. Henri’s influences include imagery from the Civil Rights Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and artists such as fellow Chicagoan Kerry James Marshall. Cultural influences, personal anecdotes, and political commentary all converge within Henri’s photos. The artist considers these works as ‘stills from a film with an ever-evolving narrative’. Wings is a small but irreplaceable piece of this story; a young girl finding strength and confidence from her own reflection. 

To see more of Henri’s story, check out his website at cliftonhenri.com, or follow his Instagram

Fun Fact: In 1839, the precursor to the modern day photograph was invented. Named for its inventor, the daguerrotype gained popularity in the 1850s, giving rise to the new profession of Photographer. One of the first documented professional daguerreotypists was Augustus Washington.

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Jennifer O’Meara

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Above: American Beauty on Black, photographic pigment & encaustic on board, 57 x 43″

American Beauty is one of multiple series that focus on specific sites, namely barns of midwestern America. Every year, O’Meara returns to her favorite barns to revisit and recapture the majesty of these structures. Within her works, O’Meara combines photography pigment and printmaking methods with painting techniques such as encaustic, or painting with a pigment-wax mixture. O’Meara has been a pioneer in photographic printmaking since 1991, and continues to search for new technologies to use in her work. 

See more of the Colorado-native’s works here.

Fun Fact: ‘Encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in (the pigment mixes with hot wax), and its usage dates back to ancient Greece as well. Before being adapted for use on panels, encaustic paints were used to decorate Greek warships and merchant vessels because of the waterproof nature of the wax. 

Jason Pavalonis

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Above: Blade Runner, print, 85 x 32″ // Fibonacci, print, 44 x 72″

Architectural and landscape photography are two of Jason Pavalonis’ passions. The Current is fortunate enough to have two of Jason’s works on display. Blade Runner is able to convey an extreme feeling of depth and movement while boasting an elegant composition. The orientation of the work adds broadness, while the tight cropping helps draw the viewer towards the focal point.  Our second Pavalonis print, Fibonacci, displays the beauty of architecture. Fibonacci’s composition cleverly alludes to the Golden Ratio, and its title clearly references fibonacci numbers. Both of these associations are reinforcing the interconnectedness of mathematical concepts, aesthetics, and architecture.

To see more of Jason’s work, check out his facebook page at Warm Desert Wind Photography!

Fun Fact: The Golden Ratio can be found in many forms; sea shells, pinecones, flowers, the human body, and many works of art throughout history.

Gia Marie Houck

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Above from left to right: Ford // Chevy, prints on metal, each 36 x 24″

Gia Marie Houck began embracing her passion for photography in 2005, and has been artistically capturing the subtle intricacies of life and the world around us ever since. Houck is also a hospice worker, and there are undoubtedly connections between her daily life and the subjects she chooses for her photos. Her images capture quiet, often overlooked moments, and breathes new life into them. These Ford & Chevy trucks have long been forgotten, but now they live on in Houck’s photography. She is able to capture very interesting details while maintaining a sliver of context for the viewer to create their own narrative. To find out more about Gia Marie, and to see some more of her work, follow the link to her website below.

www.giamariephotos.com

Fun Fact: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were lifelong friends! Ford even kept an air-tight test tube of Edison’s final exhale as a memorial to Edison’s life and their friendship. 

Jeff & Michelle Cobble

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Above: Phyllis, print on paper, 16 x 32″

Jeff & Michelle Cobble are a photography duo / couple based out of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Cobbles primarily photograph nature – both landscapes and animals – but also dabble in architectural photography. While the Cobbles are one of the few non-Midwestern artists, their portrait of this bathing eagle encapsulates the unexpected beauty of the Mississippi.  They dubbed this specific eagle Phyllis after famed female comedienne Phyllis Diller. Diller was one of the first celebrities to publicize and champion plastic surgery, and paved the way for females in stand-up comedy.  This bathing eagle took a few beauty tips from Diller – just look at that hair!

For more of the Cobble’s work, or to purchase your own prints, check out their website here

Fun Fact: The Mississippi River is home to thousands of bald eagles. Just across the river from The Current – in Rock Island – there are miles of dedicated land for winter habitats for bald eagles. Check out the RI Lock & Dam 15 eagle watching events – most eagles can be seen here from mid-December through March!