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Canada Fire-Antarctic Ice and Birds - Limited Edition of 5 Photograph

Daniel Ranalli

United States

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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FIRE-ICE-WATER. This series, which I have been working on for several years, begins with NASA satellite images of major wildfires; glaciers, glacial calving; hurricanes and floods. There is an extraordinary formal beauty to these photographs even when they depict catastrophic or life-threatening weather, or geological events . I am motivated by the current global catastrophe of climate change and rising sea level and the failure to take serious remedial action. Perhaps they are the 21st century analog – in a very minor way - to the 19th century photographs and paintings that motivated congress to create national parks and preserves. It is a task that must be taken up by many of us. All the other photographs and physical material in these pieces is my own work and attempt to reference geological history in some way. There are images from my “Beach Deaths” series made over many years along the Massachusetts coast, and my “Found Chalkboards” series, photographed in empty classrooms when I was teaching at a nearby university. The chalkboards are slightly altered and occasionally combined digitally with hand drawn elements. The birds’ nests are a suggestion of their creator’s descendancy from the ancient reptiles. I have also used actual physical objects in some pieces, such as the shells and tails of horseshoe crabs (which have endured unchanged for over 350 million years), as well as fragments of whale bone, an animal we once hunted and now seek to save from extinction. The Robert Frost poem (“Some say the world will end in fire,/ Some say in ice.”…) played often in my subconscious as I worked the ideas through.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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Daniel Ranalli grew up in coastal Connecticut. He has been working as a visual artist for over 45 years. His work is in the permanent collections of over thirty museums here and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum and National Gallery of American Art (Smithsonian). He has been included in over 150 solo and group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Daniel has also been the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Although largely situated within the medium of photography, Ranalli’s work can often be characterized as conceptual and/or environmental. The work is frequently rooted in the balance between control and chance – such as the unforeseen results in the photogram, the found scrawls on a classroom chalkboard or the path of a snail in wet sand. In 1993 Daniel Ranalli founded the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at Boston University where he taught until 2015. At which time it was one of the largest arts administration programs in the U.S. and typically enrolled 80-90 students in both the visual and performing arts tracks. WIth a significant international presence, Daniel brought BU students to Barcelona and Cuba to better understand international approaches to managing arts organizations.

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