The Mountain and The Bumblebee

The Mountain and The Bumblebee

paintings by Chris McGinnis

The Mountain and The

Bumblebee

A Traveling Exhibition

September 19– October 24, 2015
Organized by Chris McGinnis
 
Contributing Visual Artists and Poets:

Gwen Scally

Rick Barot
Patrick Bizzaro
Robin Clarke
Matthew Conboy
Todd Davis
Wesley Dunning
Heather Green
BA Harrington
Chele Isaac
Chris McGinnis
Erika Osborne
Josh Reiman
Gwyneth Scally
Meg Shevenock
 

Handpainted bumblebees by Heather Green

In 1842 the geologist and land surveyor John C. Frémont led a prestigious expedition to explore the Rocky Mountain territory. In his travel log Frémont 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 geological extremes. 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 Frémont’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 rock.”*

 

Heather Green

 

Gwyneth Scally

 

Erika Osborne

 

Pinpoints of Perception

 

Matthew Conboy

The Mountain and the Bumblebee 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 media, and poetic verse, featured artists maneuver the complex web of references contributing to our understanding of landscape. Scenes from Hollywood westerns about survey photographs and miniature paintings to highlight America’s often contradictory role as both steward and exploiter of the land.—Chris McGinnis

*Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory (New York: Alfred A. Knopf), 61.

 

Erika Osborne

 

Heather Green

 

A Brief Inquiry by Josh Reiman

 

 

Heather Green

 

Gwyneth Scally

 

Words by Todd Davis