Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, January 15 to March 6, 2015
— Denis Cosgrove, Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape, 1998
This exhibition presented work by international artists, artist collectives, and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of the landscape genre while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to represent, preserve, and ultimately control the natural environment. Through abstraction and simulation, parody and pastiche, the artists explore the ways in which we relate to the land, working in video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.
All of the works in this exhibition were created since 2000, to focus on art made well after the initial developments of the modern and popular discourse on environmentalism and sustainability. The exhibition’s title Anti-Grand suggests an approach to the topic that is opposite one of awe and reverie of the past, approaches that are now difficult to consider without an implicit sense of irony. Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape emphasizes the role of the artist’s and/or viewer’s choice of framing device as applied to both the represented scenery and the genre at large. Engaging humor, tenderness, ambivalence, and respect, these artists look at many facets of this subject. Unifying the exhibition are issues of representation that are inherent to the genre and the various ways in which artists have self-reflexively considered their relationship to the artistic subject.
Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was co-curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, and Kenta Murakami, ’15, art history major and 2014-2015 Curatorial Assistant, University Museums. The exhibition, programs, and accompanying publication are made possible in part with funding from the University of Richmond’s Cultural Affairs Committee, the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences, the 2014-2015 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History in collaboration with University Museums, and the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund. The printed and online exhibition catalogues are made possible in part with support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. Installation images by David Hershey.
This website offers a selection of the 32 works of art by the 24 artists and artists collectives included in the exhibition. To see all the works, go to www.antigrand.com
Patrick Jacobs, Parasitic Bolete with Pine Cones, 2014, diorama viewed through 2.75 in window, 12.75 x 18.50 x 11.5 in., Styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, paper, ash, talc, starch, polyurethane foam, acrylite, vinyl film, wood, steel, lighting, and BK7 glass, artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Vanished Summer 32, 2013, archival pigment printed on paper, 50 x 75 cm (19.6 x 29.5 inches), artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Justin Berry, Brook, 2012, digital c-print, 48 x 72 inches, artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Linda Lynch, detail from Untitled (From Smithson’s Jetty), 2009, drawing on paper, ink and gouache on paper, 5 x 21 inches, 12.7 x 53.3 cm, Collection of the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection, Image courtesy of the artist and Sally and Wynn Kramarsky, photograph by Peter Muscato
Institute of Critical Zoologists (Robert Zhao Renhui), Expedition #10, from the series Some Kind of Expedition, 2011, Inkjet print on vinyl on aluminum, 43 3/4 x 29, 111cm x 74cm, artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Adam Cvijanovic, All the Wine I Ever Drank I Drank at Sea, 2010, acrylic on Tyvek [on panel], 48 x 96 inches, Courtesy of Art Pension Trust and Postmasters Gallery, New York, image courtesy of the artist and Postmasters Gallery, New York
Matthew Brandt, Mono Lake CA B4, 2012, c-print soaked in Mono Lake water 72 x 105 inches, Collection of Meredith and Brother Rutter, image courtesy of the artist and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles,
Jesse McLean, Climbing, 2009, video, 6 minutes, artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Ed Key with David Kanaga, composer, Still from Proteus, 2013, video game, artwork and image courtesy of the artist
Kim Keever, Hawaii 0983c, 2013, archival pigment print, 30 x 43 inches, artwork and image courtesy of the artist and Adamson Gallery, Washington DC
Tom McGrath, Untitled, 2005, oil on canvas over panel, 56 x 96 inches, Collection of Sue Scott and Mike Stanley, image courtesy of the artist and Sue Scott and Mike Stanley
Guy Laramée, The Grand Library, 2004, altered book, pigment, metal stand, 8 feet x 21 x 44 inches, artwork and image courtesy of the artist and JHB Gallery, New York