New art exhibition at Granary Arts opens May 24
EPHRAIM — Granary Arts is presenting two new exhibitions: DE | MARCATION A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah, curated by Amy Jorgensen and Edward Bateman; and Heaving Into Mountains, by Jackie Leishman. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 24, at Granary Arts, 86 North Main Street, Ephraim.
The exhibitions will then be on display from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays – Saturdays through Friday, Sept. 27.
DE | MARCATION
DE | MARCATION A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah
Curated by Amy Jorgensen and Edward Bateman presents the photographic artwork of several artists.
The exhibit surveys the contemporary photographic landscape of creative practice by artists in the state of Utah as they navigate new territory in the global dialogue of image making.
The works delineate new boundaries and challenge the photographic traditions of the West as a hallowed land—the landscape as a rugged vista to be conquered and tamed under the banner of Manifest Destiny and the settling of Zion.
Early photographic surveys of the American West explored the physical territory; this exhibition examines the conceptual landscape of creative practice by photographic artists spanning the vast spaces of Utah.
The artists have strong connections to the state and their images represent a diversity beyond geographic boundaries; they interrupt convention and draw new lines.
Intended to serve as a record of a historical moment, the exhibition reflects the dynamics of shifting cultural narratives and our relationship to place in a richly interconnected world. It represents not only the current state of photographic art, but also its future.
DE | MARCATION artists include Kimberly Anderson, Christine Baczek, David Baddley, Edward Bateman, David Brothers, Van Chu, Samuel Davis, Daniel George, Haynes Goodsell, Mark Hedengren, Amy Jorgensen, Natalie Kirk, Karalee Kuchar, Carsten Meier, Bernard C. Meyers, Andrew Patteson, Kim Raff, Nancy E. Rivera, Fazilat Soukhakian and Josh Winegar
Heaving Into Mountains
Heaving Into Mountains is a series of studies delving into the paradox of holding two opposites – ideas embodied in the wilderness.
Inspired by a trip to Yosemite National Park in the spring of 2017, Jackie Leishman was overwhelmed by the dichotomy of the landscape and the effects of time: the noise of the waterfalls, the size of the boulders, and the softness of the meadows.
It is the push and pull between opposing ideas that motivates her work: animating tensions between destruction and creation, expansion and contraction, explosion and implosion.
Each work is an homage to the natural environment, contrasting the violence and continual movement of water with the solid strength of an otherwise unyielding stone landscape.
Leishman begins by creating reverse drawings using printmaking ink to lay down the bones and structure of the image. The works then evolve and grow as collage elements are added using fragments of older work and found materials from the bins of paper scraps in her studio.
Leishman is drawn to what happens at the edges and among the layers, where two different materials or ideas meet, much like the collision of elements in the environment. The process of layering and the hand of the artist are apparent as she reveals the raw joints and the coarseness of fragments coming together.
“The only constant in the wild is that it will change, an element can and will be both violent and passive, opposites held in a balance. In a world that is increasingly contentious, the need to feel peace within the chaos becomes more desperate,” says Leishman.
“Annie Dillard wrote, ‘You can heave your spirit into a mountain, and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back...’ This is my attempt to shift through all the stimulus and unrest. By drawing, painting and collaging, I seek to find an equivalent to the peace found in wild places.” --Jackie Leishman.
For more information, visit www.jackieleishman.com.
About Granary Arts
Granary Arts is supported in part by Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Stewart Family Foundation and generous support from Ephraim City.
For more information, visit www.granaryarts.org.