"From the camera to canvases of 35mm color film, the artist's eye composes. From natural light and technical expertise come images created in the darkroom and brought to life in this beautiful exhibit. Les has captured the universal in the personal...a body of images that helps us see who and how we are at this meaningful moment." excerpt from The Smoky Hill River Festival catalogue, 2006
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Spaces: The Salina Project

 

Begun in August, 2005, The Salina Project is now complete.  Over the course of three trips made between August and December of 2005, the artist visited more than 60 homes, exposing about 3600 images on film and about 400 images digitally.   

Commissioned by the Salina (Kansas) Arts and Humanities Commission/Smoky Hill River Festival, and generously funded in part by Salinans Jim Allen and Martha Rhea and by Greg Brodnick of Florida Frames in Clearwater, Florida, The Salina Project is the artist’s first work inside the U.S. in more than 13 years.  The project documents the values of the cultures that make up the heart and soul of the Salina community, and highlights the common threads that unite the people who call Salina home. 

In June of 2006, a 35-piece exhibition was presented to the citizens of Salina at a special reception honoring the 55 families who participated in the project.  All 35 photographs will remain in the community as a commemorative milestone that celebrates the Festival’s 30th anniversary and the strengths of this small, but vibrant, city.  

“Salina is America at its finest,” said Slesnick, “and its rich heritage of family values is its core strength.  Those values are the centerpiece of the project and of the exhibition.”  Further, the artist stated that “the final slate was balanced and fine-tuned to truly represent what I feel is Salina and what makes Salina the strong community it is today."  

On a technical note, all images in the exhibition were printed entirely by the artist from 35mm negatives in a traditional wet darkroom on Fujifilm™ Crystal Archive™ paper, considered by most photo collectors to be the finest and most stable light-sensitive color photographic emulsion available.  Each image is matted, framed, and presented to the highest standard, and meets all museum protocol for an archival presentation.  Each image is also available for sale; please contact the artist directly.  

For additional information, or to inquire about exhibiting The Salina Project at your museum or facility, please call Karla Prickett at 785.309.5570, or email her at karla.prickett@salina.org.  Additional information may also be obtained at www.salinaarts.com.  

 

(click on an image to see a larger view)

 

Salina Project #1

 

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Salina Project #18

 

Images continued on page 2 - click here

 
 

All images are © Les Slesnick. Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

 

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