Burlington City Arts

Bill McDowell: Ashes in the Night Sky

April 1, 2011 - June 18, 2011

Bill McDowell’s poetic exhibition, Ashes in the Night Sky explored notions of loss and transcendence through large-scale black and white photography. McDowell wrote, “This work [was] a meditation on my father’s passing, but also an exploration of the interconnectivity of life on Earth and in the Universe.” McDowell dropped the ashes on the glass of a flatbed scanner, often seeking to replicate specific celestial bodies using astronomical photography as reference. In detailing certain bone fragments, his photographic process connected the astronomical imagery to the archeological examination of ash and mineral and echoed the universal connectivity of matter. McDowell is a professor of Art at the University of Vermont.

The 2011 exhibition year was underwritten by Free Press Media. Opening events were generously donated by Catering By Dale