October 30, 2014–December 5, 2014Kipp Gallery, Sprowls Hall
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In 1842, the geologist and land surveyor John C. Fremont led a
prestigious expedition to explore the Rocky Mountain territory. In his travel
log Fremont records an unlikely high‐altitude encounter with a bumblebee where
he imagines each of them to be the first of their species ever to brave such
This unlikely encounter is suggestive of America’s unique
brand of landscape nationalism that has historically attempted to reconcile
both expansionist and conservationist thought. Romantic descriptions of
Fremont’s adventures were published in the Emigrant’s Guide to California and
effectively united the interests of science and nature within the cultural
framework of national inheritance. After all, “landscapes are culture before
they are nature; constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and
“The Mountain and the Bumble Bee” brings together selected works by
contemporary artists and poets who confront broadly defined notions of
landscape as both cultural icon and raw material. Working in a variety of media,
including photography, sculpture, painting, digital, and poetic verse,
featured artists maneuver the complex web of references contributing to our
understanding of landscape. Scenes from Hollywood westerns abut survey
photographs and miniature paintings to highlight America’s often‐contradictory
role as both steward and exploiter of the land.
Participating visual artists and poets:
Rick Barot, Patrick Bizarro, Robin Clarke, Mathew Conboy, Todd Davis,
Wesley Dunning, Heather Green, B.A. Harrington, Chele Isaac, Chris McGinnis, Erika
Osborne, Josh Reiman, Gwyneth Scally, and Meg Shevenock
There will be a reception and Artist Talk with Heather Green on October 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 118A, Sprowls Hall.
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