June 14, 2008
Spectacular Aircraft “In Plane View”
AERONAUTICS "In Plane View" contains 56 large-format photographs by Carolyn Russo showcasing the aesthetic quality of some of the National Air and Space Museum's iconic aircraft. With close-up facets, sculptural forms, and lifelike elements, "In Plane View" directs viewers' attention to the often-overlooked simple elegance of aircraft design. Russo exposes the bold textures, shapes, and patterns that characterize diverse flying machines and, with her lens, transforms technology into art.
"Carolyn Russo has managed to take the overall beauty I see in airplanes-and spacecraft and other artifacts of flight-and frame their art in pieces rather than as whole subjects," notes Patty Wagstaff, three-time National Aerobatic champion. "It's an abstract approach that gives new life even to the most familiar icon."
The exhibition is divided into five categories-Speed, Bursts, Movement; Flora, Fauna and Anthropomorphism; Graphics; Textures and Skin; and Propellers-which occasionally overlap. Russo's photographs reveal different layers of meaning through their unconventional representations of well-known air- and spacecraft. In combination with quotes from pioneers, pilots, poets, and other artists-whose words resonate with these images-Russo's work evokes the beauty, wonder, excitement, and thrill associated with flight.
The featured artifacts include the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis; Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird and 5B Vega; Mercury Friendship 7; Space Shuttle Enterprise; Extra 260; Northrop Gamma Polar Star; Langley Aerodrome A; Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia; Boeing B-29 Superfortress Encte Gay and 307 Stratoliner Clipper Flying Cloud; 1903 Wright Flyer; and Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis.
"In Plane View" is on display through Jan. 2,2009, at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. The museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center-home to a number of historic commercial airplanes, including a Concorde, the Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner, and the "Dash 80" (original prototype for the Boeing 707)-is located in Chantilly, Va.
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