artscope magazine
Landscape and Motion
July 21, 2011

With summer temperatures climbing higher and higher, thoughts of recreation and relaxation just won't go away. So, if you're looking for something to do on those days when the sun is just too unbearable, we've picked three great exhibitions that promise to keep you cool and refreshed. Also, don't forget to check out our new blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts! Online advertising is now also available on the blog as well.

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Kipp Wettstein Photographs at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
in Westport, Massachusetts now through August 7th


Caineville, Utah 2009 by Kipp Wettstein, C-print 50" x 60".

If anyone knows anything about landscape, it's most definitely Kipp Wettstein. Growing up on the north rim of the Grand Canyon and spending years in Alaska have given him the upper hand when it comes to the overwhelming expansiveness of landscape. As a high-altitude firefighter in the mountains of Oregon and Colorado, Wettstein began forming questions about landscape. His thoughts and experiences all boiled down to one pursuit: to understand the relationship between modern society and our collective ideas of 'nature.' With landscape, place, history, and society on his mind, Wettstein set out on a project to investigate the history and legacy of Mormon culture and colonization. What he found instead was one river with quite a story to tell, one that he has titled, For Water Will Not Do. Through a series of photographs documenting natural progression, Wettstein reveals the declining health and status of the Colorado River. The harsh beauty evident in these photos brings forth an even harsher reality of environmental disaster. The precious landscape along the Colorado has been forced to give way to nearly thirty-four million Americans, a fact that is haunting in itself. Wettstein compiled this body of work in an attempt to understand that original pursuit, the relationship between modern society and 'nature.' Within these frames, we become witness to the cultural and historical forces that led to the taming of this landscape. These are irreversible changes that leave us with a bad taste in our mouths and Kipp Wettstein capitalizes on this with his extraordinary camera skills. Kipp Wettstein Photographs and his project For Water Will Not Do are on view at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, a new and refreshing gallery near New Bedford. The exhibit is curated by Ben Shattuck and is on view now through Sunday, August 7th. Be sure to see this exhibit in person because the gallery will be displaying some of Wettstein's handmade, purpose-specific, large-format cameras, which has attracted a lot of attention for the exhibit. Come see what this new gallery has to offer!

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Stonehill College Cushing-Martin Gallery

Stonehill College Cushing-Martin Gallery accepting artist submissions for a student-curated exhibition.

The exhibit theme is a re-interpretation of the landscape through the use of textiles, fabric, and/or materials/techniques such as thread, knitting, and crocheting. Artwork can be any media, and wall-based, sculptural, or site-specific. Artists may submit a specific project proposal that responds to the Stonehill College campus landscape as long as there are prior supporting images included in the submission.

Submissions must arrive by mail by August 15th. Send CD of 20 images (300 dpi), artist statement and resume, and cover letter with explanation of how work fits within theme. Send to Candice Smith Corby, Cushing-Martin Gallery Director, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357.

Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image at Charles River Museum
in Waltham, Massachusetts now through August 31st


Image Engine #1 (the first filmed kiss) by Dave Gordon.

One of technology's greatest perks has to be its ability to bridge the gap between past and present. By this, we're referring to a peculiar decades-long collaboration between two artists: one past, one present. Victorian photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge did much of the legwork in the studies of motion and picture sequences in the late 1800s. Aside from the dozens of individuals and hundreds of techniques he influenced, Muybridge left a lasting impression on present day assemblage and collage artist, Dave Gordon. Awe-stricken by the works and progress of the pioneering "father of film," Gordon has created an exhibit in which he uses the technology of digital media to display images and mimic continuous motion. By exploiting cutting edge technologies such as micro controllers and Hall-effect sensors, Gordon helps to make Muybridge's motion studies interactive in a three-dimensional environment. Image Engine #1 (the first filmed kiss), pictured above, presents the first kiss ever filmed in sequence rediscovered and reanimated this year, possibly for the first time in over one hundred years. Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image combines Gordon's skills in animated sculpture, video animation, photocollage, and assemblage in such a way that highlights his multidisciplinary background all while establishing a conversation with Muybridge's historical work. This connection is made possible only by the new media tools that have transformed the nature of artistic collaboration. Gordon has deemed this new avenue of art "iterative art," in which art is created in iterations by a succession of disconnected artists borrowing and playing off of each other's work. This type of collaboration is growing in this day and age and its ability to overstep the boundaries of time and space can only lead to endless artistic possibilities. Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image is on view at the Charles River Museum now through Wednesday, August 31st. This particular exhibition speaks volumes for both Muybridge and Gordon with its thought-provoking layers, degrees of interactive art, and sensational beauty. Be sure to check out the Eadweard Muybridge Online Archive, curated by none other than Dave Gordon.

Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video at Currier Museum of Art
in Manchester, New Hampshire now through September 18th

Red Lanscape [video installation]

Red Landscape [video installation] by Suara Welitoff, 2008, single-channel video, 17:00 minutes.

Landscape, especially a landscape painting, can be interpreted as something stationary and quite permanent. All it takes is a little bit of motion behind these traditional thoughts to get our minds thinking outside the frame and onto the screen. The Currier Museum of Art is currently showing Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video, an exhibit that exclusively features moving image artworks. Several video-based installations, sculptures, and digital projections call into question all the boundaries we typically obey and tempt us to explore the contemporarily fluid subject of landscape. This exhibit shows the landscape perspectives of seven individual artists on a mission to engage the audience with drastically different measures. Suara Welitoff's Red Landscape is a chilling projection of industrial water-cooling towers in which she fluctuates between a striking red and a calmer blue. Considering the recent reevaluation of nuclear power, Welitoff's projection stands as a prime example that our landscapes are just as turbulent as moving images over time. Mary Ellen Strom takes more of an echo approach in her installations, Dead Standing and Selva Oscura: Drawing of Dead Standing. The project features two wide projections: one of a pine forest afflicted with beetle infestation, the other of the artist in her studio making a charcoal drawing of the same forest from memory. Despite the hint of familiarity between the screens, the charcoal drawing suddenly becomes something of a ghostly echo, a black and white rendition of something that once lived. A faint undertone of responsibility can be felt here. The other featured artists in the exhibition are Louisa Conrad, Julia Hechtman, Liz Nofziger, Daniel Phillips, and Jeannie Simms. The show itself is part of the Spotlight New England Artists Series, which highlights today's most talented early- and mid-career artists from the region. These artists are fresh and invigorating, part of what makes their work so interesting. The other part has to do with the endless perspectives they offer on old and outdone topics. Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video is on view now through Sunday, September 18th. Come see how a little bit of motion can stimulate everything from an ordinary peephole to an old mill site. We bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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