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I direct the audience’s attention to the interaction of past and present voices that have been both for and against movements of social justice and equality by integrating their words with my photographs. This intermingling symbolizes the collision of knowledge, memory and controversy with personal experience. It is a reckoning of the elusive present with the enigmatic past (and vice versa). Natalie Eddings, Studio Visit, August 2018 Natalie Eddings, Studio Visit, August 2018 The world that we have created today allows me...

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I am interested in cultural attitudes towards landscape and the pursuit of utopia (no place). It is the landscape that largely influences our collective mythology and cultures. I compress histories and cultures, alter the pace of time, and distort physical scale to portray a psychological rather than a social or material realism. Greg Pond, Studio Visit, May-June 2018 Greg Pond, Studio Visit, May-June 2018 Greg Pond, Studio Visit, May-June 2018 To be able to see beyond predetermined standards to reach conclusions drawn from...

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The Latin word for ‘text’, textum means ‘something woven’, a web. Webs, nets, texts, motifs, and screens are objects used to catch, hold, contain, and connect objects, beings, and environments while remaining as permeable as possible. I am interested in ways in which drawing and painting can weave multiple ideas, perspectives, and narratives into nets or webs that can hold a viewer in a space of visual mystification in ways that allow them to question their current position in the world....

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There are two important themes in my photographic work. The first is the evolving relationship between memory in contemporary culture and the technologies of photographic image production. I examine photographic representation of specific political and cultural histories. These representations include photographic archives and related artifacts, which I treat as material to produce new images and installations. The second theme is an effort to challenge traditional modes of photographic representation. The goal is to explore the photographic image beyond its frame,...

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I am interested in the constant flux of the visual world. Through common distortions of light, shadow, and atmosphere the familiar becomes abstracted and unfamiliar. Thus - for a fleeting moment - the mundane transforms into the sublime. Heather Hartman, Studio Visit, December 2017 Heather Hartman, Studio Visit, December 2017 My work explores how these phenomena affect my own sense of perception and physical location through a material-driven painting process. Using reductive abstraction, I synthesize the transient elements of my surroundings into...

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I am a confused person making what my friend and fellow artist Nick Stolle called "forlorn propoganda." Lots of energy but no guide. Energy free for the taking. Placeholders and stand ins. Signals. Precoded Symbols. Marking a territory, taking up space. Enter new word here. Name it ambiguity. Single it out as a locatable and symbolic, psychological space: Anxiety ridden AMBIGUITY. Flags to urge on and usher in the future. Symbols for the not yet made, a coming production. Magic...

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My sculptures reflect the sensibility that an object stands as a momentary physical manifestation of an ongoing process. They provide evidence of unseen forces, and they point to the distinction between the human and the non-human. Throughout the natural world, unexpected complexity emerges from simple, persistent processes. Ben Butler, Old Growth, 2017, painted steel, 24' x 22' x 4' Ben Butler, Studio Visit, October 2017 Ben Butler, Vertebrates, 2017, OSB board and douglas fir 2x4's, 8' x 38' x 31' Ben Butler,...

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Every day we make countless attempts to memorialize our experiences. We snap photographs, collect souvenirs, and spend hours re-imagining past events. Collectively, we hoard objects in museums, build altarpieces, and canonize stories in books and theater. Through various forms of representation, we create surrogates for the irretrievable histories we long to preserve. However, efforts to present complete and accurate versions of history are often romanticized abstractions. Mary Laube, Studio Visit, November 2017 Mary Laube, Studio Visit, November 2017 Mary Laube, Studio Visit,...

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