New Turf
JULY 6 – OCTOBER 30, 2005
East Gallery

detail: David Maisel, Terminal Mirage #261-12New Turf upends conventional notions about the means by which we represent the landscape. This exhibition brings together 15 artists from Vermont and across the nation who draw inspiration from the rural, urban, and suburban environments around them. The American landscape has long exerted a strong pull on artists. These contemporary artists have distinguished themselves with thought-provoking, abstract works that make use of humor, politics, memory, and perception to evoke the rapidly changing American scene. Featuring works ranging from aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites and pencil drawings charting the layout of suburban big-box stores to click to hear sound piece, room with sky, by John Hudak paintings offering rigorous, formal explorations of nature’s light, color, space, and mood, New Turf maps the diverse terrain where landscape and abstraction meet.

Exhibited artists: Anne Appleby, Louise Belcourt, Janice Caswell, Marsha Cottrell, Jane Fine, Tom Fruin, Richard Garrison, John Hudak, McKendree Key, Marie Krane/Cream Co., Sandy Litchfield, David Maisel, Sam Prekop, Lordy Rodriguez, and Gail Salzman.

New Turf will be accompanied by a 48-page catalogue that features an essay by the exhibition’s curator, Evelyn C. Hankins, as well as biographical information about the artists and color reproductions of selected works. The catalogue will be available for sale at the Museum when the exhibition opens on July 6.