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Margaretha Bootsma, Construction II

Margaretha Bootsma, Construction II (2009), mixed media on panel [Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Apr 12-May 29]

Critical Messages: Contemporary
Northwest Artists on the Environment

Western Gallery, Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA – Apr 12-May 29, 2010

John Grade, Collector

John Grade, Collector (2007), wood sculpture [Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Apr 12-May 29]

Critical Messages is a group exhibit featuring 26 artists whose work responds to environmental impacts on the Northwest. The natural environment is a large part of the region's aesthetic beauty as well as its resources. The dichotomy between awe-inspiring landscapes and the industrialization and population of the region raises awareness for many artists. The exhibit highlights work by artists from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho.

The range of approaches, media, points of view and results is quite varied and provides many perspectives from which to reflect. Curator Sarah Clark-Langager categorizes the major themes and underlying issues: mass production and consumption, waste management, preservation and sustainability, climate change, how sources of energy are changing the ecosystem, growth management and the dual-sided urban/rural conflict.

Jana Demartini depicts an iconic bulldozer set against organic patterns, evoking the feeling of harsh machinery employed to break ground on new suburban developments that reduce open space and farmland. Both Margaretha Bootsma and Steve Davis use imagery of colossal industrial plants to address pollution and decay. Chris Jordan’s photographs showing statistical quantities of discarded water bottles raise consciousness about American cultural habits.

The regional exhibition will travel to the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon and the Boise Art Museum in Idaho. A detailed exhibition catalogue provides curatorial insight on the participating artists.

Allyn Cantor

Philip Govedare, Flood

Philip Govedare, Flood (2009), oil on canvas [Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Apr 12-May 29]

 Tue, Apr 6, 2010