Welcoming Clifford Ross, photographer, to Austin

A friend emailed me a note alerting me to an upcoming show for Clifford Ross, photographer. Ross has been commissioned to “create a monumental public art project for Austin’s new U.S. Federal Courthouse on Republic Square.” The Austin Museum of Art is holding an exhibit showcasing his work February 21 – May 17 at AMOA-Downtown. I’m particularly interested in his Hurricane Series, pictured in the image below. From the press release:

For the Hurricanes series, Ross tracked storms starting in the Sahara across the Eastern seaboard on the internet. Between August 1998 and Sept. 11, 2001, the dramatic date of his last Hurricane shoot, he captured thousands of images of stormy seas. The six large photographs featured, freeze breaking waves to capture views of nature’s power that is impossible for the eye alone to perceive The expressive energy of these black-and-white photographs ranges from soothing to menacing and evoke visitor reactions that are just as varied. In contrast, the small 10 X 8-inch diptychs and triptychs of the Horizons series Ross created using a medium format camera, show quieter, contemplative views of the rolling surf.