If you haven't had a chance to visit the galleries this spring, be sure to stop by Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Stewart center before April 25th. The current exhibition titled Changing Landscapes and features work by three artists Amy Alice Thompson, Matthew Shelley, and Zaria Forman. This exhibition has been curated by Liz Erlewine and Lisa Wicka of Purdue Galleries.
"While considering historical landscape paintings, drawings and prints from Purdue Galleries' permanent collection, we decided to curate an exhibition that would provide a view of contemporary approaches to the landscape. We chose the work displayed here not only for their compelling visuals, but also for the way the works reveal the human element of the land. In these images we see the artist's attempt to understand their environment, to experience it, to become part of it, and even to change it" -Liz Erlewine & Lisa Wicka
Matthew Shelley, originally from the Pacific Northwest and now based in Philadelphia, pays with design concepts to reimagine the natural world. Beginning with photographs of large expansive landscapes, Shelley crops the image down to small geometric shapes, creating a new understanding of space.
Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman creates powerful and skillfully rendered pastel drawings exploring changing sea levels from the Greenland icebergs to the Maldives coastline. The images provide a globally conscious yet personal interpretation of our changing world. Zaria was available to attend the reception of this exhibition and discussed how she came about making this work, her emotional connection to these places, and her process of creating these large scale pastel drawings.
Video of her talk will be made available soon and a link provided in this post.