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Living Land

Exhibition dates: June 18–July30, 2021

 

A invitational group exhibition about the growth and decay of the natural world. Through a variety of media, the artists included focus on the following themes: the effects of invasive species, the connections between human beings, trees, and animals, spiritual forces present in nature, the changing agricultural landscape, and the raw power of the natural world.



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Artist Statements
If you'd like to read more about the artists, read the gallery guide.

 

"This work begins as a photographic survey of the pre-spring leafless landscape - the trees marked for removal, the spaces left behind from the felled trees, the tree stumps that remain. The single unframed prints are bold in the classic Prussian Blue of cyanotype and serve as sketches of history. Using this 19th century process - whose origins began as means of documentation of flora and fauna - I present a series of prints that records the time when affected ash trees were intentionally removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation." —Laurie Beck Peterson

 

"I make sculpture that explores the relations between trees, people, and our shared biophysical environment. These "Arborworks” are derived from parts of trees that have been naturally harvested or have been removed because of disease or construction. Every project is different but they are all characterized by the intention to challenge ideas about the human/nature relationship through juxtapositions of the geometric and the organic; the intentional and the spontaneous; the light and the dark. I do not force the material away from what it is, as a sign of mastery. I work with the material as it is, to allow its hidden powers to be revealed through a set of minimalist interventions." —Jack Elliott

 

"My artwork is rooted in the framework of Native American art. I make naturalistic paintings and have also created a series of works done on brown paper bags. My art embodies orenda, the traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) belief that every living thing and every part of creation contains a spiritual force." — G. Peter Jemison

"The narrative structure of my work grapples with humanity’s preconceived notions about animals, particularly those seen as pests. I illustrate fantastical animal-creatures amidst activities and settings that are both human inspired and familiar to challenge humanity’s tendency to disparage the unfamiliar and strange. Within these scenes I hope to invite a moment of shared tenderness." — Kaele Mulberry

 

 

"My style is impressionistic and primitive with elements of abstraction. I use acrylic and paint mainly with pallet knife. I like quiet places so my subjects most often are found on the country back roads. Our once agrarian way of life is rapidly vanishing. Landscapes of plowed fields and pastures dotted with wooden barns are a peaceful by-gone part of America that is becoming more memory than reality. It is my intent to preserve the old barns on canvas before they succumb to the elements and grace the back roads no more. I am inspired by such artists as Eric Sloane, Kevin Macpherson and Ramona Youngquist." — Scott Reagan

 

 

"I remember the days when I dove into the crystal clear waters of Lake Ontario (Huron meaning: lake of the shining waters) below the glistening surface sunfish made their ritualistic pebble nests hidden within dancing seaweed; above the bees and butterflies flourished unheeded. May my art be gently didactic to herald a return to the healthy planet from my heart." — Helen Santelli


Virtual Walkthrough

On Friday, June 18 2021, executive director Bradley Butler gave a walkthrough of the exhibition live on Facebook at 5 p.m. EST, watch the recording on the gallery's YouTube channel.

 


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