(first image)
Dan Lydersen
Where the Buffalo Roamed
oil on canvas 16” x 12"

 
(second image)

Geoffry Smalley
Nowaykesugga
McKenney & Hall intervention, acrylic gouache, colored pencil, acrylic on book page approx.12" x 9"


(third image)
Shawn Huckins
Western Characters Armed with Winchesters
acrylic on canvas 42" X 36"

 
(fourth image)
Peter Bremers

 
Contact:
D. Scott Patria, Manager
Whitespace Contemporary
2420 Wall Ave
Ogden UT  84401

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801-895-2278

whitespaceutah@gmail.com



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Patrajdas Contemporary is pleased to announce its next exhibition at Whitespace in Ogden Utah: New Visions of the West.
 

New Visions of the West will open at Whitespace, 2420 Wall Ave, Ogden UT Friday, July 11, with a free public reception from 6-9pm. exhibition thru September 27.

 

Conceived to complement the annual Pioneer Days’ Traces of the West exhibition, New Visions takes a fresh look at iconic western images and landscapes - through a contemporary lens.

Some 20 artists from around the globe are participating, with works in many media represented: drawing, painting, photography, as well as glass, ceramic, plastic, metal and paper sculpture.

 

While our beloved landscape features prominently, New Visions of the West considers it in the context of more contemporary narratives - ecology, racial stereotypes - rendering the familiar and iconic in poignant, amusing, and perhaps unsettling ways.

 

In NVOW,  nearly two dozen artists revisit iconic themes, legendary stories and familiar landscapes, looking at them again through a contemporary lens:  how we interact with and impact the expanse once thought to be the last frontier. More than than just looking at new ways to tell the stories of familiar places, they also find new ways of expressing them, using new media like glass and clay in addition to paint and photography.   

 

Change, of course, is inevitable. We have tamed the land with technology and industry, (though it’s still capable of killing you if unprepared).

 

Today’s  American West is still home to wide expanses of desert, but those vistas are now as likely to be broken by towers as buttes, as likely to be cut through with interstates as by canyons. No longer a virgin territory of limitless potential, it is peppered with the remnants of failed enterprise.

 

Gone too are the petticoats and long dresses of Pioneer women, replaced by short shorts and tank tops. Cowboys are more likely to drive trucks than ride horses. Boots remain.

 

And yet, for all the marks upon the land,  the west remains symbolic.The natural beauty of spaces left untouched still inspires.  Burning Man, a yearly festival of personal freedom and artistic self-expression held in the alkaline desert of Nevada, could likely happen no where else.  

 

These works bring us new tropes, some of which ask ”what hath we wrought?”, while others honor the original themes of freedom and adventure. Others still like those of Paco Pomet,  skewer the stereotypes of the west with a wry humor. Several works in this exhibition make the case that  the landscape is as ever worthy of record- but also remind us of the duties of stewardship.  

 

The wide expanses of the West still encourage contemplation, still offer hope. Rather than celebrate the exploitation of the land, today’s artists are concerned with preserving it.

 

PRINT Images:

Dan Lydersen Where the Buffalo Roamed” oil on canvas; 16”h x 12’w; 2008   5.4MB

Adam Bateman Smokestack” digital print on laser cut aluminum, 48”x36”; 2014  12MB

Tim Conlon WP3” G scale model train car, paint; 2014   6.4MB

Paco Pomet Frente oil on canvas, 23.5 x 31.5”; 2013  3.4MB

 

WEB Images:
Geoffry Smalley Nowaykesugga” McKenney & Hall intervention, acrylic gouache, colored pencil, acrylic on book page, approx. 12" x 9"

Joe Wardwell Stupid F Words” oil on canvas; 22” x 40”; 2013  

Shawn Huckins Western Characters Armed with Winchesters” acrylic on canvas, 42’ X 36’; 2014

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