Spring 2020 Exhibition News:
ARTISTS RUN CHICAGO 2.0
August 31 - November 1, 2020
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
"Landscape is a shifting concept defined and redefined by the culture and time that writes, observes, documents, pollutes, builds, and burns it. The politics of visual culture expand as we experience the trauma and sublimity of our world amplified by our media culture. In the artist Thomas Cole’s 19th century world, the vistas of the Hudson River Valley were both fetishized and prescient as images on the edge of the Industrial Revolution. In the 21st century, the skyline of dying industrial technologies is giving way to newer technologies from cell phone towers to solar and wind farms. Today our wilderness is cultivated, engineered, bounded and bordered. Our interest in understanding nature is often constrained to media screens and the poles of beauty or terror; where we swing wildly from blissed-out imagery of travel log Instagram sites to the never-ending news of oil spills, deforestation, wildfires, tsunamis, and floods. Yet, from the primal to political, haptic to hallowed, landscape is the void, the space, and the ever-thrumming vibration of life that moves us forward.
In Altered Views, artists share a connection to landscape through an understanding of time and materiality. Whether through process or medium, their idea of landscape relies on a sensitivity to the concept and construct of landscape and how we appreciate its tangible and intangible properties".
-Alice Pixley Young, Curator of Altered Views: Experiencing the Contemporary Landscape
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY 2018