The Sea Within the Land/Laramide
Installations for: Overturned: Ceramics Without Limit
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO - June 12-September 17, 2011
Wall, left to right: Landscape Projection: Pacific Ocean (Laramide Orogeny) I, 12 ft. x 8 ft., injet print on vinyl, ultrawhite paint, halogen light.
Landscape Projection: Marine Sediments (Laramide Orogeny) I, 12 ft. x 8 ft., injet print on vinyl, ultrawhite paint, halogen light.
Platform: left to right: Seascape Structure: Marine Depositional Basin, 66 in. x 44 in., wood, steel, sediment residue.
Landscape Structure: Marine Sediments, 60 in x 40 in., rammed, cronologically sequential Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway sediments, steel, amendments.
Left/left center: Hamilton Building, lower/ground floor, Landscape Projection: Pacific Ocean (Laramide Orogeny) II, 12 ft. x 8 ft., injet print on vinyl, ultrawhite paint, halogen light.
Hamilton Building, 2nd floor, Landscape Projection: Marine Sediments (Laramide Orogeny) II, 12 ft. x 8 ft., injet print on vinyl, ultrawhite paint, halogen light.
Right center/right: Ponti Building, 7th floor, Landscape Projection: Pacific Ocean (Laramide Orogeny) III, 11ft.-1 in x 5 ft.-4.5 in, injet print on vinyl, window, Rocky Mts.
Ponti Building, lower and ground floors, Landscape Projection: Marine Sediments (Laramide Orogeny) III, 17 ft-7.5 in x 11 ft.-9 in., inkjet print on vinyl, glass curtain wall.
The Sea Within the Land. An installation at the Denver Art Museum examining a significant chapter in the geologic history of the region and it’s relationship to the field of ceramics. A main focus of the project is to create a series of material, image and conceptual dialectics between individual paired elements, the element groups, the museum and the regional landscape, clay and deposition, all through an evocation and reference to the epicontinental sea that covered much of the late Cretaceous Colorado landscape and subsequent deposition of sediments that now make up much of the contemporary regional terrain. Echo’s of other elements of Colorado sea/land history include the influence of the Mesozoic/Cenozoic West Coast Farallon plate subduction episode on the uplift of the Rocky Mountains also creates an additional dialectic between Pacific Ocean and the interior ocean of sea/land. The photographic elements are part of a larger series: Lanscape Projections (for an Unknown Window).
Overthrown. Vol. 1 - Catalog Essay:
My current work is characterized by themes of Synthetic Ecology, deep sourcing and extended dialectics of site, history and context. Synthetic Ecology, briefly is an outgrowth of the kiln projects of the late 1970’s to early 1990’s,which declares and extrapolates synthetic (Leibnitzian) relationships of process, materiality, metaphysics, ontology and equilibrium between living, non-living and metaphoric systems: land within sea, sea within sea and land within land... In the context of the Denver Art Museum site and architecture, paleo-geographic and morphological resonances of material, site and perception found the contemporary central-eastern Colorado landscape and the Cretaceous, epeiric sea antecedent and Farallon plate-tectonic influence seek simultaneous distillation and emergence in The Sea Within the Land for Overthrown.
A special thanks for valuable and generous assistance for the realization of the platform elements to:
Brian Longe, Nan Hill, Tim and Katie Weaver, Steve and Ruth Briggs, Seth Brandstetter, Jim Haynes and Al Brooks.
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