Stephen Althouse: Metanoia
October 5, 2018 – February 10, 2019
noun: a profound, possibly spiritual, transformation.
Inspired by his love of tools and farming equipment, Stephen Althouse became a sculptor of wood, leather, and forged metal, but later transitioned to photography, using the tools and artifacts themselves to create large scale photographs with a unique pictorial dialect. The relics that Althouse chooses remind him of the “paradoxes of our species, and some imply the valor of individuals facing lives of relentless uncertainty.”
Raised on a farm in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Althouse grew up close to farmers and their work with earth and animals. He made Miami, Florida his home base for thirty years where he worked as an artist as well as Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Barry University, and he regularly taught courses and lectured on his art in France, England, Spain, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In 2003-2004, Althouse lived in Belgium as an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Liège through a Fulbright Research Fellowship and concurrent German grants from Hahnemühle papers and Epson printers. Since leaving academia, he now resides in central Pennsylvania where he is reconnecting with his georgic roots and finding new artistic inspiration from the surrounding Amish community.
This exhibition is organized by the Mobile Museum of Art.