von Stark photography
BIO Once you add words or a word to what you see you tend to see it through those words and that's the way it stays in the normal course of things. I tend to see the world as lines, shapes, and colors in conceptual terms as you think an alien would, without preconceived ideas. As a 5 year old German immigrant coming to the US I grew up trying to learn a new language. I saw things I didn't understand or have a word association with so I made things up about what I saw. As a child my best friend was my imagination. I didn't need to know words when I could just make things visualizations. Rather than remembering directions by numbers or street names I would remember by visualizations like by the such and such store or by the big white house, etc. My imagination's challenge is to find different ways of seeing reality. As a child I came upon trompe l'oell, French for to fool the eye. Later in life via Zen teachings I came upon the Japanese art form of Wabi Sabi, the quiet beauty of modest and humble - that which is in tune with nature - that which is authentic, simple, and uncluttered. It is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
RESUMÉ Related Education: 1992 – 1993 Platt College, San Francisco, CA Graduated – Graphic Design Exhibitions: 2017 Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, “Floatingsteel” 2016 Washington State Department of Ecology, Olympia WA, solo exhibition, “Elwha, The Largest Dam Removal in US History” 2015 Finalist, Dotphotozine Award of Excellence in Photography 2015, Dept of Art, CA St University, San Bernadino, CA San Bernadino, CA Poppybank Gallery, Langley, WA, featured artist from March 1 - April 30 “Urban Decay” juried exhibit, Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly College, Moberly, MO Solo public exhibit, Sno-Island Library, Coupeville, WA 2014 Brick Wall Gallery, solo exhibition, Spokane, WA 2013 Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA, “Water” – Invited curated exhibit 2012 Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA, “Boundaries” – solo exhibition North Olympic Library System Main Library, Port Angeles, WA (NOLS), “River Story” – public exhibition 2012 2011 – 2010 CVG Gallery (state wide juried show) Bremerton, WA, finalist 2011 Landing Art Gallery, Port Angeles, WA, “Celebrate Elwha” curator – exhibitor 2011 2010 Landing Art Gallery, Port Angeles, WA, “Peninsula College, A Photographic Perspective” solo exhibit 2010 2009 – 2008, 2009 Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, “Elwha Power” 2009 solo exhibit – various exhibits 2008 MAC (Sequim Arts Center), “Harry von Stark” solo exhibit & various exhibits 2009,2008 2008 Anderson Gallery, Port Angeles, WA, “Crime’s My Passion” exhibit 2007 Gallery at the Fifth, Sequim, WA, solo exhibit 2006 Gallery Nine, Port Townsend, WA, Founding member, various exhibits 2006 & 2005 2001 Amador County Fine Arts Show, Jackson, CA, 2nd & 3rd prize juried show Public Art: permanent collection. Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA 2011 to present, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs – Civic Square Fence permanent, Port Angeles WA City Pier Mural permanent, Miles Lost Miles Gained Mural – Corps of Engineers Federal Building, Seattle, WA Volunteer: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center – board member Peninsula College Multi-Media Advisory – board member Landing Arts Gallery, Port Angeles, WA – founder, director Olympic National Forrest Service, Photographer and Documentarian, archiving the two dams removal process on the Elwha River for 30 months under a contractual volunteer basis. Media: “Floatingsteel”, 2017, 232-page photographic book documenting the constuction of “America’s Finest”, a 263’ fishing trawler bound for the Bering Sea Quarterly Summer 2006, Sequim Gazette,“Surgeons for the Seafaring”, Written and photographed by Harry von Stark Quarterly Fall 2006, Sequim Gazette, 2006, “Insights Into an Image Maker”, Article on the photography of Harry von Stark Quarterly Fall 2010, Sequim Gazette, “Documenting the Dams, The Industrial Art of Harry von Stark" Award: Whidbey Island Arts Council, Visual Artist Grant, 2017
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