WAS Artist of the Week…

Thomas Schultz: Photographer, Surprise, Arizona

Born in Oceanside, California, Thomas spent his youth and early childhood traversing the Sonora and lower Mohave deserts of Arizona and California, following the decay of the western landscape for over three decades. Using his camera he documents the interaction of human resolve and a harsh unforgiving environment. His subject matter could be considered mundane; sun-bleached highways, abandoned structures, derelict signs, collapsing shopping centers, vacant motels, deserted gas stations, and vast landscapes are prevalent in his work.

Interested in reckoning disparities, Thomas’ perspective presents the viewer with a visual narrative of the evolution of time, space, and structure while exploring issues of transformation, and transcience, life and death, temporality and abandonment. His images evoke feelings of loneliness and despair immersed in sublime beauty.

Thomas’ photographic series “Sea of Death” exhibition opened August 14, 2009 and runs through November 13, 2009 at Goodyear City Hall. Artist Reception is Thursday, September 10th 4:30-6:00 PM @ Goodyear City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338

For more on Thomas’ work visit http://thomasschultzphotography.com/

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