Route 66 photography exhibition opens at Fresno Pacific University

A new art exhibit at Fresno Pacific University is designed to “open your eyes to an America fast-disappearing, or already gone. Replaced by the corporate mono-culture, fast-food drive-ins, chain stores and ‘virtual’ reality of TV…" 

Those words, penned by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, among the most influential Beat poets, aptly describe “GAS Food & Lodging—Images from the Mother Road, U.S. 66,” which continues through December 12 in the McDonald Hall Atrium on the FPU campus.

Artist Terrance Reimer’s love affair with Route 66 has culminated in black-and white infrared photographs captured along stretches of this famous, and infamous, highway. “Route Double-Six is my road,” Reimer writes in his artist statement. “Driving the Mother Road is like watching a black-and-white movie through the windshield of a past life. My images are carefully composed ‘film stills’ from this vintage movie. My camera caresses the passing scenes with passionate photographic love. All fast through a slow-motion landscape…”

The exhibition features several large (40x60-inch) prints using the latest digital printing technologies available to fine art photographers. Reimer’s work was featured in “Next Wave II: Fresno Artists of the New Era,” during the summer of 2002 in Fresno Art Museum.

Reimer will appear at an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 8. Admission to the reception and the exhibit is free.