Demolition derby exhibit featured

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Photographer Christine Pearl will feature her photo essay collection, “Last Car Running” at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art. Her show opens Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Haas Gallery of Art. This show is free and open to the public.

“Last Car Running” focuses on demolition derby culture and its participants. Pearl’s interest in this subject stems from her attraction to people and parallels her reasons for taking photographs as a disabled artist. Her photography of rural demolition derby culture captures “contemporary redneck culture” and how the dwindling blue-collar class finds freedom in the automobile.

Pearl is a photographer with a private practice based in Washington, D.C. With a background in design and construction, Pearl began to shoot photographs in 2010 as a way to cope with disability. Photography become her physical therapy to deal with limited mobility. Since then, she has a long exhibition record from the District of Columbia, Texas, New York and internationally in Hungary. She also has an extensive publication history in a variety of media formats with her latest photo essay featured in Photo Technique Magazine and Rear Curtain. 

A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an artist lecture at 1:15 p.m. The Haas Gallery of Art is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.