From Alfred Bierstadt’s seductive, nineteenth-century landscape paintings of the American West to contemporary advertisements for the Caribbean paradise, representations of nature have long served as representations of people–their values, dreams, and everyday realities. In this second chapter of Between Life and Land, 16 artists examine the cultural, historical, material, and emotional bonds between people and places, asking us to consider the role that human identity plays in shaping and re-shaping the environments we call home.
Adam Bateman, Ann Böttcher, Raven Chacon, Blue Curry, Al Denyer, Daniel George, Rashawn Griffin, Levi Jackson, Ron Linn, Cristóbal Martínez, Richard Misrach, Jared Ragland, Wendy Red Star, Jerrin Wagstaff, Jaclyn Wright, and Steven Yazzie
Between Life and Land: IDENTITY is the second chapter in a year-long series of exhibitions exploring our relationship to land. The first chapter, MATERIAL, celebrated the legacies of land artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt alongside eight contemporary artists who continue to engage earthen materials as a means to explore our connection to place, time, and the larger cosmos. The third chapter, CRISIS, will consider how humans have dramatically and irreversibly transformed our planet over the last two centuries. In this conclusion to the series, artists will help us rethink our place in natural ecosystems, encouraging us to realize our individual and collective responsibility for change.
Image credit: Jerrin Wagstaff, Ultrascape 20, 2022. Oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches. Courtesy of Modern West Fine Art.
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