Thursday, November 04, 2021

This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists at SUMA

Entrance to Southern Utah Museum of Art's current exhibition This Earth, curated by Stefan Hagen with Hikmet Loe, through December 23, 2021. Hikmet Loe is a renowned Utah curator and artist, whom I have long admired for her brilliantly researched book Robert Smithson Encyclo, which I read in its entirety during my Montello Foundation residency in 2018. Montello is founded by Stefan Hagen, artist visionary.  
Flanking the entry to left is my 2019 painting Whose Curious Tree, and to the right Kristin Furlong's Twice Migration, below.
I would not ordinarily document an exhibition I am in, except it is so wonderful, and this way everyone can have access to it. 

Eleanor Ray's Nevada Window, 2019
2022 Montello Foundation resident Fred Holcombe's Truck (2015)
Kristin Furlong's Twice Migration, 2017, In Dialogue with Nature
Letha Wilson, 2015 Montello Foundation resident.
Shown with Tyler Beard to left
Laurie Lambrecht, 2016 Montello Foundation resident (autumn), Observing Nature. "The interaction and layering of plants and their remnants formed complex tapestries that held my attention."
Lambrechts to the left with Patricia Watwood's Montello Book of Hours, 2017
Patricia Watwood, None/Lake, 2017, 30 x 11 inches, one of eight watercolors in Montello Book of Hours
Viennese artist 2017 Montello resident Markus Guschelbauer invented a wooden grid "that wandered with him from place to place."
Chicago-based painter James Kao's landscape studies from 2015; Kao, co-founder and co-director of Chicago's Fourth Ward and Associate Professor of Art at Aurora College, IL, was a 2019 resident.
Guschelbauer and Kao in situ
 Austrian artist Lea Titz's fictitious sculpture park at Montello Foundation, 2017
Martha Tuttle's beautiful, bark-like tapestry
Shown with Diana Spungin video "still" on left
Left, Dylan Gauthier, Right, Diana Spungin animated drawing
From rhythmic water to walking through landscape, pencil drawings assume vivid life.

Blane St. Croix, 2019 resident, shares Plein Air Arctic, Permanent Landscape II, 2020, from the coastline of the High Arctic to "render the devastating effects of climate change on permafrost."
SaraNoa Marks' inscribed clay tablet
Shown here with Michael Dax Iacovone's Tracing the Arc of the Solstice, 2020 (inkjet print)
New Mexico-based Cedra Wood's Plot, 2018-19, graphite on paper, 45 inches square.
Left, Summer McCorkle, whose recent exhibition at Smack Mellon featured spellbinding video, with Cedra Wood
Left: Lea Thomas (2018), Watching the Waves, 2019, fiber, cotton, indigo;
Right: Brie Ruais, Closing in on Opening Up, 132 lbs. (Nevada Site 3), 2020, glazed stoneware.
Installation View
Installation View
Installation View
Installation View
Preserving Nature: bug carlson + Watergrass video
Preserving Nature: Dylan Gauthier (2017)
Visiting the exhibition in person, and in Utah's expansive landscape, revealed many views of the Montello, Nevada landscape that reverberate across time. To see excellent installation photographs with full credit and more about the show and residency, visit Montello Foundation.


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