Mediating Juncture: Utilization and Exploitation
- Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
- Cheever Hall, Dean's Gallery - 217 Cheever - view map
The College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Mediating Juncture: Utilization & Exploitation in the Dean's Gallery (217 Cheever). The show will be on exhibit thru Friday, September 28, 2018. A Public Reception will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Our land binds us together. Culturally, political, emotional, we find commonality within the ground we occupy. This exhibition is about the joining of two artists who find solace in our landscape. Working in separate veins, each artist has their own approach and methodology to looking at the land. Jessica Hays looks for how it heals us. Ryan Parker looks for how it hurts us. The confluence of those two ideas is a tenderness we all feel when joined together by land.
This exhibition is the beginning of a long-term collaborative partnership between Jessica Hays and Ryan Parker. A starting point for the two artists to learn intimately about each other’s connections to the land before beginning new work’s together. While both artists attended school here at MSU, it was the deserts in Utah where the two became acquainted and the influence of each other’s practices began.
Geothermal springs have been used for healing purposes for centuries. During the late 19th and early 20th century, they were widely used, and the spa industry was thriving. With the advent of vaccines and miracle drugs that save so many lives today, they fell from favor. Now, hot springs are beginning to regain popularity. Enthusiasts who have long enjoyed and cared for these places are finding themselves surrounded by new visitors. Hot springs represent one of many practices of natural medicine used today. These places are about healing through connection, about meeting strangers and sharing stories, about enjoying quiet moments alone in the woods. For me, these places have been about resilience, about independence and escape, agency over my own life, my trauma, my healing. These places are meant for us all.
The foundation of every system is the creation of a logical ordering of things. When land is sectioned off, it creates a system of efficiencies, a logic for where objects (to include people) need to exist on the land for the growth of capital. This series of photographs examines the intermediate zone, which crosses the borders between infrastructure space and domestic space. Illuminated by billboards and street lights, the storage containers and cement pillars create the boundaries of this system. Within that boundary, the apprehension generated by the lack of humanity in the land that supports the movement of capital first, and the needs of the locality second thrive. To cope with this fact, these photographs confront the instigators which standardize our land to uniformity.
The Dean's Gallery is located in the College of Arts & Architecture Dean's Office (217 Cheever Hall). The Dean's Gallery is open M-F 8 am to 5 pm.
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