Patrick Collier: Field Burns


Patrick Collier: Field Burns

Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, To May 15

by Allyn Cantor

Collier’s dramatic photographs, taken over the course of three years of controlled burning by Oregon farmers, capture a landscape rarely seen by artists or viewers. Collier didn’t consider landscape art until he had been a farmer for a few years, then fi re lit his imagination. From his farm near the Waldo Hills east of Salem he sees grass-seed fi elds burning in late summer. Collier explained: “As a farmer, I felt compelled to control the land, while the artist in me was moved by the beauty all around me.

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