Ron Jude: 12 Hz Exhibit at the Hyde
The Hyde Collection
161 Warren St, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Taken in California, Hawaii, Iceland, and Oregon, Ron Judes monumental black and white photographs capture waterfalls, lava flows, sea cliffs, glacial valleys, and river currents. Yet Judes work is anything but traditional landscape photography, which often uses the conventions of nineteenth-century paintingemphatic horizon lines, majestic skies, distant vistas framed by treesto privilege a human point of view. Instead, the photographs in this exhibition give primacy to the raw materials of the earth, suppressing human presence and, in the artists words, evoking change on a level that falls outside the limits of our perception.
The 12 Hz of the exhibition title denotes the lowest limit of human hearing, suggesting the powerful yet often imperceptible forces that shape the physical world. Ron Jude: 12 Hz is accompanied by an audio installation by Joshua Bonnetta that combines field recordings with manipulated seismic recordingsthe sound of the earth moving. Ground motion, without specialized equipment, is of a frequency too low for humans to hearjust as Judes photographs conceptualize our inability to see the forces behind earths constant state of flux.
Exploring the overlap between beauty, awe, and pathos, Ron Jude:12 Hz is a moving reminder that the earth is more powerful than usyet through our own negligence, consumption, and hubris, we risk losing it all.