The Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents the new exhibition SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense as part of its annual series OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole. The exhibition features a new series of landscape photographs up to 15-feet wide by the contemporary artist Shi Guorui. The photographs are created using a camera obscura and pay homage to the landscapes and legacy of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of America’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of painting.
Shi Guorui is internationally recognized for his large-scale camera obscura photographs. His work has been featured in exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, among other museums in North America, Europe, and Asia. Originally based in Beijing, China, Shi Guorui now has a studio and home in Catskill, New York.