REZolutions, Resonating Images by Ryan Rezin, A Fundraiser for the St. Florian Burn Foundation's Miracle Burn Survivors Camp
This exhibit, which runs July 10 - August 16, 2015, showcases the carefully considered and executed, large-scale photography of local artist Ryan Rezin. With a long connection to the St Florian Burn Foundation and its Miracle Burn Camp, Rezin and the Gallery together are donating 20% of sales to St Florian’s for use by the camp. Meet Ryan Rezin during a reception, Friday July 31, 5-7pm.
Rezin tells us: "I have always been drawn to the natural world, humbled by its transience and awe-striking displays. Moments are fleeting, as is life. My goal as a photographer is to capture both the dramatic, as well as intimate, scenes that nature has to offer. Doing so means I photograph nature during the most dramatic lighting and weather phenomenon, as well as utilize various photographic techniques such as slow shutter speeds, light painting, time-lapse stacking and my arsenal of filters. I've turned into as much of a meteorologist as a photographer, often checking dew points in the middle of the night in hopes of a foggy, ephemeral morning."
"After my senior year in high school, I was involved in a traumatic accident that left me in the burn unit for 8 months, clinging to life with an amputated hand and 3rd degree burns. The experience not only left me physically altered, but also dramatically altered the way I perceive the fleeting nature of life. I have learned to slow down and be more open and mindful of the "now" moment. Along with taking landscape photographs, I also work on the burn trauma unit at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and am involved with numerous outreach programs in the community involving assistance to burn survivors. I am on the Board of Directors for the St. Florian Burn Foundation, a regional nonprofit based out of Iowa City that raises money for programs assisting burn survivors and increasing fire safety awareness. A portion of all my photography proceeds goes to this nonprofit, helping to assist children who have been burned with attendance at miracle burn camp, where I am also a counselor. Burns are skin deep, while the capacity for love and appreciation is to the bone, through and through. My will as a photographer is to instill this sentiment into those who view my photographs. My endeavor as a citizen is to direct this effort towards those who have been through the same experiences as myself, so that they too may have a renewed outlook on our world and a refreshing zest for life."
Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. features work by American artists and specializes in Midwestern artists. 2014 is the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary!
Daily hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Open Thursdays til 7pm. For more information, including what other pieces we might have in stock, please email or contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.