The weeks between March 7th to April 8th the Fulton and Atrium
Galleries at Salisbury University will be transformed into a Wildland.
Everything from modeled, miniature landscapes, to breathe taking photographs will be on
display. The artists in the show include:
Frank Hallam Day, Elizabeth Hoeckel,
Savanna Leigh, Susan Main,
Joshua Wade Smith and
Peter Stern. Curated by Laura Amussen this is just a
preview of what you shall see when you step into
Each artist’s story behind the
works of art is just as captivating as the art itself. Ryan Browning’s
Image Guardian is inspired by his childhood love of fantasy books and video
games. He reminisces about escaping reality and hopes viewers can find an escape
as well. He combines the real world landscape with the ideas of idealism. His
work is a dream; it creates an existence between two worlds.
Brickscapes by Travis Childers
raises the question, what is landscape to you? Travis displays how landscape is
now mostly man made instead of naturally formed. He is offended by man’s idea of
landscape and explains, “Natural materials, some taking centuries to form,
become disposable tools, used up and tossed away without a second thought.”
Childers' work poses the question: what is nature and
what is the definition of natural?
Another controversial piece called, Laredo 2, by Frank
Hallam Day, is an eerie image of
an RV deep in the middle of the woods. The RV is isolated from the ordinary
world lost in a landscape of dusk, dark, and haunting scenery. The picture looks staged
but Day assures it is not, the inhabitants of the Florida home did not even know
he was there to take the picture. The image itself is strange and it suggests
isolation from humanity, but also a pollution of nature.
Over the Mountain by Joshua Wade Smith was a
mixed-media performance originally performed at Goucher College in 2011. Like
much of Smith's work, here he pushes his own limits of self-efficiency and
endurance in a determined effort to
camp, climb and conquer every mountain, especially those that are self-imposed.
For the SU iteration of Wildland, Smith will be creating a new
mixed-media performance, and on Wednesday March 7th, 2012 he will
be on campus for an Artist's Talk in Fulton Hall 111 at 5:00
The unique pictures of Peter Stern are more appreciated
once the background of how these shots are taken is revealed. Stern actually
flies a plane and photographs at the same time. A difficult task but Stern manages to
take breath-taking photographs on his day long journeys at low altitudes.
From this preview one can see the various type of work found in
the Wildland exhibition. The artists' reaction to the relationship of mankind
to the landscape reveals a dark side, however it also provides us with new ways to appreciate the value of our world. This is WILDLAND.
Written by Rachel A. Wells
Edited by Elizabeth Kauffman
here to view the catalog for this exhibition.