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Schneider showcases three exhibits

For its January show, the Schneider Museum of Art, in collaboration with Southern Oregon University's art department, will display collections of photography, sculpture and printmaking by Mark Klett, Andries Fourie and Kevin Hass, respectively.

The three, one-person shows, each handpicked by art faculty, open Thursday, Jan. 13, and run through March 5 at the museum on SOU's campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.

Klett, an art professor at Arizona State University, will display about 30 panoramas, published in his book "Third Views, Second Sights: A Rephotographic Survey of the American West."

In the 1970s, Klett visited and rephotographed historic landscape sites, originally photographed for geologic and geographic surveys in the 1860s and '70s by Timothy O'Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, John K. Hillers and William Bell. Klett made every effort to duplicate the original photograph, attempting to match the perspective, time of day and season.

In 1997, Klett and a team of photographers returned to again document 109 historic landscapes in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona. The Third View project was designed to provide insight on changes in the geology, geography and demography.

Through the progression of photographs, viewers see cities emerge from prairies, flimsy shoots grow to be trees and American Indian paths become major highways, says museum director Michael Crane.

"It's kind of showing, as we might call it, a conquering of the West," he says.

In contrast with Klett's historic images, Hass, an associate professor at Washington State University, in Pullman, Wash., pursues a more modern, commercial landscape. The subject of his printmaking involves ubiquitous business identities, technologies and road signs, often seen off major interstates. In his series "Inventory," he presents the silhouette of items seen daily but generally overlooked, including crates, construction cones and Dumpsters. Hass' work will be displayed in the entrance gallery.

Showing in Heiter Gallery, Fourie, an Afrikaner (white South African), will explore issues such as identity, tradition, memory and the hybrid culture of South Africa in his assemblages and sculptures.

"There are narrative elements in each of these pieces that go back to one of these issues of being in South Africa," says Crane.

Fourie employs found objects, welded steel and silk screen images into his mixed-media work.

"All these different media are a metaphor for a hybrid culture," says Fourie, who teaches at Willamette University in Salem.

Several of his works comprise traditional Afrikaner instruments (accordion, fiddle and concertina) enclosed in steel cages, fixed on platforms with wheels.

"The work is sometimes harder for an American audience to access because I'm talking about a different culture, a different time and place," he says.

"It about people being trapped in a tradition that is partly invented."

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 541-552-6245 or see www.sou.edu/sma.

'Entrance of Canyon of Lodore,' a photograph by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe for the Third View Project. The inset, original photo is 'Brown's Park from Entrance of Canyon of Lodore, southern Wyoming,' taken in 1872 by Timothy O'Sullivan.