Fade & Afterglow
Solo Exhibitions in NYC and Washington State, 2009-2010
The works of Fade are predominated by the colors of the desert steppe – grays, ochres, pinks and dark blues. In contrast, the imagery is dramatic in scope and subject, including vast aerial views of fractured desert landscapes, nuclear test sites in Nevada, the Hanford Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and explosions from undisclosed arid locations, many of which are based on photographs LoPresti took himself from the windows of chartered planes.
In October 2010, the works of Fade travelled as part of Afterglow, a dual-venue art exhibition and associated lecture series produced by the artist in Richland Washington. LoPresti grew up in Richland and Afterglow returned these works to the geographic source of much of their subject matter: the desert steppe of eastern Washington State and the historic Hanford Nuclear Site. Including over 25 works shown simultaneously at the Richland Library and Washington State University, Afterglow culminated in panel discussions at LIGO and a joint keynote discussion with Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb.