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‘Alaska’ art gallery wows at Gallery ABBA

Jesse Wiles

If stunning landscape photos are your cup of tea, then you must check out Gallery ABBA’s newest exhibit, Alaska, by Jesse Wiles’19. (Editor’s Note: Wiles is an editor with The Round Table).

The show consists of 14 entrancing and unframed photos taken by student-photographer Wiles on a summer trip to Alaska, made possible through funding by LAPC, where, as he writes in his artist statement, he photographed “research conducted by geologists from the College of Wooster Geology Department.” Though the premise sounds a bit dry, the result is anything but. The show is instead a gorgeous yet melancholy aesthetic meditation on the results of climate change in our most northern state. Wiles’ photos are as visually diverse as the rapidly changing ecology of Alaska, ranging from the opaque grays of the picture “Glacial Melt,” to the startling blue sheen of “Beached,” and they succeed admirably in digging their way into one’s memory. Those who missed the show’s well attended grand opening on Jan.19 need not fear, as it will show through Feb 4.

The student run gallery is located across the street from the campus bookstore. Its aim, as manager Grace Gerloff’19 describes it, is to “Give a space and platform to young aspiring artists in an art world that’s frequently inaccessible and elitist.”

Jesse Wiles

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