Todd Watts Blanchard Weather Report at Pho Pa Gallery
Blanchard Weather Report
July 19 – August 19, 2017
Opening Reception | Thursday, July 20, 5-7pm
About the Exhibition
Todd Watts’ solo exhibition, Blanchard Weather Report features 40 photographs that explore our relationship with art and the world we live in.
Todd Watts writes: “The Blanchard Weather Report began in 2014 as a conversation about art and the earth, carried out in pictures over the Internet with friends and colleges around the world. The exhibition are the pictures from that conversation. The images themselves are a combination of lessons from art history with reflections on climate change.”
Todd Watts graduated from the sculpture department at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1971. From 1972 to 1979 he taught photography at his alma mater and at Hunter College. In 1973, he founded an architectural photography company. His clients included Phillip Johnson, I.M. Pei, Richard Polshek, and he was commissioned by Minoru Yamasaki to photograph the construction of the World Trade Center in its final stages. In 1974, he was commissioned by New York’s Lee Witkin Gallery to print Berenice Abbott’s first portfolio. Subsequently, he produced seven more Abbott portfolios in his New York studio. In 1974, he bought a house in Blanchard, Maine; and he, with Jemma Gascoine, moved permanently to Maine in 2000.
Watts’s work—with his exploration of the changing environment, genetics, and resulting cultural ramifications—has been exhibited and collected internationally, including “New Lamps for Old,” at the Grey Gallery in New York, and “Passenger Pigeon,” at the The Museum of Photography in Chicago. Recent Maine exhibitions of his work include: “String too Short to Use,” at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, and the “Honors Show,” at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). His work is represented in Maine by the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland.