Relationships with nature considered in gallery exhibitions

October 20th, 2003 by Adam

Plymouth State University will celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions, Our Local Arcadia: MANUAL and Claiming the Land: Our Past, Our Future, Our Choice November 5 from 4 to
6 p.m.

“As the last of the foliage falls from the trees, it is a wonderful time to think about everything the local landscape means to us all,” said Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions at Plymouth State. “These two exhibitions allow visitors to interconnect aesthetics, literature, history and the sciences as we contemplate our many relationships with nature. From the conceptual history of Our Local Arcadia, to the current issues of land use in Claiming the Land, the shows provide a stimulating experience for the community.”

MANUAL is the nom d’artiste for Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, who have worked together since 1974. Our Local Arcadia presents a series of “machine performances,” computer animations created by sequencing still images, not video. The Vermont countryside, their local arcadia, is central to their work. Historical and cultural references are deconstructed and reconstructed through juxtaposition of local images and artistic sources ranging from photographs of landscape paintings by Claude Lorraine, to art books with works from the Hudson River School. The artists will speak in the gallery November 6 at
4:30 p.m.

Claiming the Land, a joint project of the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, looks at our state’s land use history and encourages visitors to consider how their actions can affect New Hampshire’s future landscape. This traveling exhibition’s display at Plymouth State University is sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

“My hope is that people will walk away from the exhibition with a greater understanding of New Hampshire’s land use history, and a deeper awareness of how their actions today can affect the state’s future landscape,” said Mark Foynes, director of education at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
Our Local Arcadia can be viewed at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery through January 24, while Claiming the Land can be seen in the lobby of the Silver Cultural Arts Center through December 10. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Viewing hours at the Silver Cultural Arts Center are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during performance times. For information, contact the gallery at (603) 535-2614.