Crafting the new worldWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost every night, we watch the news with that far-away feeling — that could never happen here, not in my town. If the media has taught us anything, it’s that even our most private emotional moments have gone global.
To that end, the Leslie Adams Gallery has put together ”Reaction & Response: William Jordan & Kenneth Thompson, Revisiting Pakistan & New Orleans.”
This exhibit, which features photography by Jordan, and sculpture by Thompson, examines the reaction of every day people to natural disaster and its impact on their lives and community.
Jordan, a native of southern Ohio and a professional photographer since age 12, has spent the last 30 years working in a wide range of specialties, including medical and scientific, editorial, corporate and fine arts.
In early November of last year, he visited Pakistan, a country whose northern region had been hit by an earthquake, leaving thousands dead, and millions more homeless, grappling with the aftershocks of survival.
Jordan set out to document a community coming together in a time of great spiritual and economic need, to touch upon those moments via his camera lens. His work celebrates the joy and inner strength found in the small miracles of every day existence.
It is fine synergy that Jordan’s work is paired with that of sculptor Kenneth M. Thompson.
Thompson, a long-time resident of Adrian, Mich., has spent the last 30 years working at his craft, which includes a series of large archways, in his car dealership turned studio. In 2000, the Toledo Arts Commission dedicated Thompson’s ”Peace Arch” to the men and women who bravely served their country in Vietnam.
Thompson’s section of the exhibit, ”Limeweight Dwellings for the New Era,” provides a long, hard look at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on those closest to the devastation.
”Reaction & Response” runs through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or by appointment. Call (419) 255-4321 for further information.