Saturday, February 23
opening reception for
"road stills: Route 66"
photo/video installation by photographer Sandi Wheaton
3456 Evaline St.
w/DJ Pat Petro
Show runs through March 16
gallery hours: Saturdays 1:00-6:00pm
or by appointment: 519-796-9966
This Saturday night, Route 66 comes to the Hatch Gallery with Canadian photographer Sandi Wheaton's "road stills" photo/video installation. Take a virtual trip down Route 66 via the over 60,000 images shot from the photographer's dashboard over 34 days of driving. Stitched together in video format, they create a half-hour time-lapse journey projected on the gallery wall, traveling Route 66 at a speed of about 4800 miles an hour. A collection of the still photographs selected from the series will also line the gallery.
Sandi Wheaton is a Windsor/Detroit-based photographer whose work centers on abandoned places and human intervention in the natural landscape. After being downsized from her corporate video position in the automotive industry, she spent six weeks traveling, photographing and blogging about Route 66. Her blog about the journey, pictureRoute66.com, was named a top travel blog by tripbase.com and travelblogsites.com. This installation features work from one of her photo projects during that trip, which involved mounting an SLR on her dashboard and programming it to take a photo every few seconds as she drove the 2448 miles of old Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica. The work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, art galleries and newscasts internationally, including: Photo Life magazine, Oklahoma Magazine, Amarillo Globe-News, The Windsor Star, Art Gallery of Windsor, Artcite, CBC Windsor, KVII-TV Amarillo, and KFOR-TV Oklahoma City. The current edition of the University of Windsor's Windsor Review features this work on its cover, and includes an essay and portfolio on the project. More of Sand?s work can be seen at sandiwheaton.com.