New Hampshire Paintings and Post-Industrial Landscapes

July 6th, 2006 by Adam

New Hampshire Painting in the 21st Century, opening July 10 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth, will provide the viewing public with a unique opportunity, capturing a snapshot of the range of painting being done in New Hampshire at the beginning of this century.

Curated by Plymouth State University Associate Professor of Art Tom Driscoll, New Hampshire Painting in the 21st Century includes a sampling of works in a variety of genres, thematic issues and painting media, completed in the state in the last two years.

The exhibition premiered at the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord earlier this spring.

The show will not reflect a particular theme defined by image, issue or medium, but will try to be inclusive of all these media and subjects, and represent the current conceptual and aesthetic concerns of the artists.

A closing event will be held at the Silver Center from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, August 11.

Driscoll is an alumnus of Plymouth State. In addition to teaching at Plymouth State University, he has taught workshops in stone lithography at regional cooperative printmaking studios and maintains an active studio life.

Against the Current, opening in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery from 4 – 5 p.m. July 10, presents collaborative interpretive projects by artists Ann Rosenthal and Steffi Domike.

Combining thorough research, documentation and electronic media installations their exhibitions consider environmental aspects of the post-industrial landscapes of the eastern United States.

The artists ask, “As we embark on the 21st century, shall we continue to mine the labor and natural resources of the planet at the expense of our social and ecological health? Can industry not only co-exist with, but foster, sustainable communities and landscapes?”

Domike and Rosenthal met in 1996 while working on their MFA degrees at Carnegie Mellon University. Together, they craft a message through environmental art—the confluence of natural sciences, ecology and art.

Domike is passionate about labor issues—she worked and organized a steel mill and documented Pittsburgh labor history; Rosenthal’s passion is for the environment—from nuclear war and radioactive waste, to clear cutting old growth forests in the Northwest. Her “activist art” takes a critical look at Western constructions of nature and suggests alternatives. She says, “Informed by discourses that combine cultural theory and environmental studies, my work explores how nature has been ‘produced’ throughout history, and how current developments in technology and bio-engineering are rewriting the territories of nature and culture.” (from

Against the Current is a collection of installations on a variety of environmental subjects, from the high levels of poisons in waterways, to the detritus of technologies and the conflicting demands on the Delaware River as a source for drinking water, recreation and industry; bringing to the fore the clash of values that Domike and Rosenthal believe characterize current environmental policy.

Both exhibitions will be on campus through August 12. Summer hours at the Silver Center lobby are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Drerup Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. in the summer.

For gallery information call 535-2614.

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