Opening tonight at Jane Deering Gallery (128 E. Canon Perdido St.) is a new exhibit, “The Land Has Many Parts.”
Deering says this exhibition was initially inspired by British artist Nigel Peake, whose book, In the Wilds, is a charming collection of drawings and close observations of his daily life in the country—the surrounds of “shelter, mountain, ground and lake.” She continues, “Peake has an abiding love for the land, including the functions and structures land supports, and writes ‘the land has many small parts.’”
The idea for the exhibition then broadened as further sources came to light, connecting landscape to power, memory, modernity, cultural and climatic shifts, demonstrating the notion of land as complex and multi-layered.
She asked each of the artists in this exhibition to communicate their notion of land through an inventory of their own observations, real or imagined. What does the contemporary artist see in the landscape? “Their interpretations articulate new visions, new connections and speak as much to the illusory, the nostalgic, the fantastic as to the real and the ruined, raising questions about how we interact with the land and what consequences this might have for the environment and, ultimately, the landscape.”
The artists, whose work will be on view until February 15, are: Amanda Burnham, Kerry Gorton Evans, Jacob Hessler, Ryan Hoover, Julian Kreimer, Magnolia Laurie, Rosemary Liss, Adin Murray, Susan McNally, Michael Porter, Kim Parr Roenigk, Christina Seely, Sommer Sheffield, Ro Snell, Emily Speed, Joan Tanner and Hazel Walker.