Oct. 18 – Land affects all of us. From the moment we take our first steps to the realization that the land we walk on may not actually belong to us, the place where we settle, grow, and become who we are shapes us in unexpected and often unbelievable ways.
Artists, in particular, have always been drawn to the grandeur of the land and have been able to interpret and scrutinize it with honed detail in many different forms. Some artists connect to the earth through physical touch and interaction, performing on top or within a landscape, while even more artists use traditional methods of creation to process the landscape that surrounds them. With Grounded, the Dairy Art Center focuses on three distinct approaches to artists reacting to their landscape.
In the MacMillan Family Lobby extended through the Hand/Rudy Gallery is artist Sonja Hinrichsen. Presented primarily through photographic documentation, Hinrichsen’s ephemeral Snow Drawings “accentuate natural features and emphasize the sublime beauty” hidden beneath the freshly fallen snow of the sites she chooses or is invited to work with. Often collaborating with a large group of public volunteers, Hinrichsen guides groups in the creation of snow drawings, created through walking looping paths with snowshoes in fields of snow or on frozen lakes.
In the Hand/Rudy Gallery, Hinrichsen traces the looping, man-made lines from her various snow drawings over the years. Through a series of performances, Hinrichsen traces images of the projected landscape, while documenting the performance. Building upon each performance she projects the documentation and traces the relief on top of the evidence of the prior. The layered work that is left within the gallery space is an artifact of observation, physical connection to the land, and feels topographical in nature.
The Polly Addison Gallery takes a different approach to landscape with the hard-edged fiber abstractions of Idaho-based artist Kathleen Probst. Her works are interested in pairing down a composition to the most essential elements, showcasing the artist’s intricate quilting technique and hand-dyed fabric. With forms reminiscent of icebergs, jutting mountain peaks, and folded origami sculpture, Probst subverts these sharp, powerful objects in a softened, welcoming way through her use of color and material.
ReCalling Re/Call in the McMahon Gallery, guest curated by Louise Martorano, Executive Director of Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, invites six artists to reflect on their own work in connection to the land. Created almost a year ago, Re/Call, created by Martorano and Mary Caulkins, asked a group of artists to lead the public through a weekend of performance, interactive sculpture, discussion, and reflection within the sprawling landscape of Fairplay, CO.
This exhibition invites a selection of these artists back into a gallery space to present similar works for a different audience. Artists of the bARTer Collective ask us all to publically consider and share our personal relationship to the land, while artist Eileen Roscina Richardson utilizes natural materials found in her personal landscape to create kaleidoscopic sculpture paired with closely observed illustrations. Artist Gregg Deal collaborates with his daughter to create Invisible Loss Movement, a performance work that eliminates all color, flair, and music from a tribal powwow, only leaving behind a black, silent placeholder for the audience that is invited to watch. Climate research scientist Tyler Jones, asks his viewers to consider the sound of climate change through various one-on-one interviews that he presents via sound and video installation.
A programmed performance from artists of Recalling Re/Call will take place November 18th. More details to be announced.
Grounded will be on view from October 18th – December 1, 2019.