Rankine's 'Community at Peace' goes on-line

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tasha Blehm

Photographer John Rankine's "A Community at Peace" installation is now on-line at the Eureka Springs Artists Registry's Web site, www.eurekaspringsartists.com.

Rankine invited 550 Eureka Springs community members to sit for individual photographic portraits while visualizing, meditating on, praying for, or simply thinking about peace.

The collective black and white portraits were presented in a multi-media installation that included LCD projectors, video screens, computers and print media. Multiple images were projected onto walls, while slide shows of the portraits ran on 13 computer and video monitors. More than 300 of the 550 portraits were printed and displayed on the walls.

That installation debuted on World Peace Day -- Nov. 17, 2008 -- at The Space in Eureka Springs.

The Eureka Springs Artists Registry was founded by Steve Schmidt to help promote area artists by giving them an on-line presence for their art.

"I am extremely grateful to Steve, the Eureka Springs Artists Registry and Community First Bank President Elizabeth Kelley for sponsoring the on-line show for the Registry," Rankine said. "And I'm excited the entire collection of photographs from the installation will have a permanent on-line home."

A six by four foot poster Rankine created using all 550 of the black and white portraits was purchased by Community First Bank and is on display in the bank's lobby.

A smaller version of the poster, as well as the individual portraits, will be available for sale through the Web site.

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  • The display is both powerful and profound, made more so by the black and white images, as opposed to color. The play of light is integral in studying the faces of the participants. This is truly a representative "community" project, with implications well beyond Eureka Springs. I never cease to be moved, no matter how many times I look at this display of photographic art.

    -- Posted by mrbliss on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:26 AM
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