Badlands & Brownies

12-Aug-2016 to 16-Sep-2016 

Black Hills & Brownies is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. Mark Lanning Jr. of Sacramento, California and Stephen Takacs of Columbus, Ohio will exhibits their twists on traditional media of varying subjects.
Stephan Takacs will be demonstrating his Brownie in Motion during the 4-Fridays Farm & Art Market on August 12 with a formal presentation at 6 p.m. during the opening reception for Badlands & Brownies. The Changing Elements Bands will take the stage at 7 p.m. to round out the evening with their chill sounds. Snacks and cash bar will be available and as always admission is free and open to the public.


Mark Lanning, Jr. has a BA in Photography and a Masters in Art, both from Sacramento State University where he now also teaches. In 2011 he made his first book, River Work, a four-month, 35 image project shot along the Sacramento and American Rivers in Sacramento. In August of 2014 the Wassenberg Art Center director, Hope Wallace was traveling with her grandson in the Badlands and noticed a photographer using a 4 x5 format film camera alongside the road. After abruptly braking, introductions were made, and contact information was exchanged. As a result we bring you his work from South Dakota and Pine Ridge Reservation during Sturgis week. 

In April, 2012 he traveled to North Dakota via Greyhound for a 16 day shoot covering Devils Lake and the oil boom Bakken region. A live blog of that trip can be found at Images from that work were put into the book North Dakota: Devils Lake & the Bakken, now sold out, but a second handmade edition will be released soon.

In 2013 he gathered material into the compilation book Full Auto, a themed collection of new, old, and previously uncollected work.
In April 2014 he released three zines, Access Road, Road Work, and Vegas 2010, which he prints from home and are available for sale on his website. In summer 2014 a selection of his work was printed in MOSSLESS Magazine’s Issue 3: The United States (2003-2013). In September 2014 he exhibited some work in conjunction with the Broadway Augmented project in Sacramento. In October his work was in Vancouver, and will be shown in January 2015 in Los Angeles, as part of the Fotofilmic ’14 Shortlist exhibition. You can find more working images and updates at



Stephen Takacs is a multidisciplinary artist from Columbus, Ohio. His work utilizes photography, found objects and homemade cameras that relate to, or interface with, the human body. His project Brownie In Motion is currently touring the country.
Please check out his blog and join the Brownie In Motion group on Facebook to stay up to date on the travels of the camera obscura.

Brownie In Motion is a portable art installation, room-sized camera obscura and darkroom capable of producing large scale direct positive images on-site. The project, constructed by photographer and former OSU instructor Stephen Takacs, debuted in 2013, thanks to the generous support by the OSU STEAM Factory, Ingenuity Cleveland and 9 Stitches. Currently, the project is touring across the United States and will be joining us very soon.





Performing from 7-9 p.m. We are super excited to introduce you to the chill, feel-good, indie sounds of Changing Elements Band. 
Hailing from tiny Stryker, Ohio this band will surprise you with their otherworldly sound.

Glen Wright, Kent English, Kenny White, & Terry Taylor music project. Original, local, Emotional, Folk/Indie rock, tribal/funk fusion band.

Have a listen to Ekundayo (when sorrow becomes joy) ALL of the feels.


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