AC2: Rochester Artists Collaborative
An Exhibition Series for Local Artists
Details & Patterns: New Work by Michelle Fagan and William Schmidt
November 8 – December 23, 2012

The second season of RAC2 continues with the work of Rochester artists Michelle Fagan and William Schmidt. Both artists are presenting photography. Fagan and Schmidt will share their thoughts about their work in an artist talk during the opening reception at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 16. The exhibition will be on view Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Opening Reception
Friday, November 16| 7 pm
Artist talks at 8 pm

MICHELLE FAGAN | abstract photography

Rochester native Michelle Fagan is a professional photographer who started abstract macro photography as a personal project just five years ago. With her meticulous attention to color, patterns, and light, Michelle transforms her traditional subject matter - flowers, into something entirely nontraditional. Her shallow focus allows the miniscule lines of her subject to be at once sharp and than fall away. These effects are made all the more dramatic and unfamiliar as they are printed on a relatively massive scale.

Fagan is not happy when she’s not creating. Although she makes her living as a professional photographer, this group of work is a personal project. “I began a few years ago when everything I had been creating was for someone else, and have found a deep satisfaction in the process of playing with light, color and lines to present a deeper beauty than the average person typically sees” states Fagan. “Iam intrigued with flowers, not just the overall view we all see but in the intricacies that make up the whole. Flowers, as we see them on a day-to-day basis are beautiful, but my photography brings to light a fresh perspective that the naked eye doesn’t often see. By taking this macro, extreme close-up view, I use the detailed lines of a flower in combination with light and surrounding color to create a piece of work that most viewers assume is a painting. The shallow focus allows lines to fall out of focus and colors to blend in a painterly way.”

This series is best described as abstract photography. Fagan uses macro photography presented in a large format as a giclee on canvas.

Michelle is a 1996 John Marshall graduate and subsequently studied photojournalism at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She and her husband Shawn own Fagan Studios, a contemporary portrait studio in Rochester, MN.

WILLIAM SCHMIDT | photography

The photographs in this exhibition are from several related studies: images in the round, images of reflections, and interpretations of two or more dimensions on a single plane. Schmidt’s images were selected to complement the work of Michelle Fagan in this gallery show.

The Four Seasons of Love images materialized from Schmidt’s study of images in the round and is his representation of the German proverb explaining love’s progression: Engaged, In Love, Married. Upon first hearing this Bill added without hesitation, “and then the crazies!” (In German: Verliebt, Verlobt, Verheirated, Verrucht!)

Schmidt began his photography apprenticeship in Germany completing his studies in Chicago. His experience includes large format studio and location work, working as a generalist on film sets, magazine and book publications, teaching techniques of photography and Photoshop and varied awards. His work has been displayed in galleries, public institutions and privately throughout southeast Minnesota, northern Iowa and Chicago.