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Exhibition Dates: May 23 - July 3, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Terry Evans's work is driven by a desire to record the layers of history embedded in the landscape of the prairie. The work was not created from a desire to critique use or make statement on the irony in the beautiful forms she captures; the work is about layers- of use, loss, recovery, and loss again. These are about the ever shifting evolution of the Kansas prairie lands and its enduring beauty.
After years of working from the ground, Evans began taking short-range trips around her home and discovered that the story she had started was incomplete without this macro view. She began photographing from the air and was amazed by her ability to uncover the visual cues
and markers of shifts in time and use. While at first the images are read as abstract and somewhat indiscernable we are mezmarized by their quality, and longer looking so
on reveals what it is we see. Evans' work catalogues the farms, flooded fields, cemeteries, ancient Indian village sites, highways, train tracks, bridges, military sites, cattle ranches and industrial gravel pits from 700 - 1,000 feet up in a 25-mile radius from her home in Salina, Kansas. The resulting images are dynamic, powerful, and thrilling opportunities to see an expanse for what it is and peel back the layers of what it was and has been. We find shifting tides and nature reclaiming older boundaries in buckling rivers, we see the scarred wet earth that mark the river's abandoned path and wonder after
all which came first. We see power lines that march like soldiers taking great strides across the fields to the distant horizon of a windswept plane. We are surprised perhaps by the monumentality even fortress-like appearance of an old tree-lined cemetery and are equally mezmarized by the beauty of the lolly-pop concentric circles of a weapons target range. The works are formal but seductive, richly toned and precisely detailed. In their ability to reveal history they also make us keenly aware of the present moment. We find ourselves held firm in a frame that inspires awe, amazement, and wonder, and we find that all land has an innate beauty.
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