Artist Reception-Chad Heggen
Photographer, Chad Hegen, will be at Waldorf for a reception and then giving a talk about his work at 7 p.m..
His show runs from Monday, October 22 - Friday, December 7, 2018
I was born into a world of art. Growing up I attended many art shows and galleries. My art education started early being a son of an active artist and art teacher in Davenport, Iowa. Entering college at Morningside College I picked a Degree in Graphic Arts with a minor in Mass Communications and Photography. My style of art was directly effected by my professor John Bowitz works and theories and by studying the works of the masters.
While earning my minor in photography I found that my subjects started to show I was influenced by the landscape around me and my fathers farm based art. I started traveling back roads around Sioux City to capture photos for my senior exhibit. I have spent years wandering the gravel roads of Iowa capturing glimpses of the land with a camera.
My abstract works started with a method I created to use my first camera's noise to my advantage. I captured hundreds of tractor photos and their every little detail. I also collected photos of textures and weather worn items found around the farm. By applying abstraction to the tractor photos with the textures being used for noise I pushed the saturation to unrealistic levels. I love working with the textures and patterns created by the growth of nature and the erosion of man made items and the processes that made them. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, I investigate the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us.