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Artist's Reception: Overview at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Terry Evans

Exhibition Dates: September 7 - October 27, 2012

Reception for the Artist
Friday, September 7
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk
Saturday, September 8

Terry Evan's passion for the landscape is as old as her own memory. Rooted to the land and born in the very heart of the American prairie, Kansas City, Evan's has spent her lifetime documenting the changes to the natural landscape. Much of the work is bird's eye view; taken from a single-prop plane 600 feet up we can see far and wide. Early work focused on the native ecosystem of the plains- the prairie. Remembrance of the untamed stretches of landscape were only reminders of what the heartland had been before the advent of the plow and invasion of the American agricultural machine. Buffalo, elk, prairie dogs, song birds, butterflies and more once composed a strong and diverse ecosystem.

Evans would go onto document the degredation of such natural spaces and make work that questioned the impact of man's intrusion in images that show planes intersected by highways or interrupted by cemeteries; fields being grazed by animals or fowl; mountains being carved away; and waste dumps filled with oil.

The expansive change and spanning views were balanced by work that struck a more mournful chord. In quiet nostalgic frames books of plant specimens from the Smithsonian and Field Museums became a marker of the specific. Before these images of pressed flowers and annotations we cannot help but wonder if or where any remain today.

The career of Evans has remained dedicated to recording changes to the landscape and the effects of man on the native species. For more than 30 years she has worked to visually preserve the remnants of the natural native landscape and question our relationship to and treatment of the world around us.

Evan's work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The gallery's Mini-Retrospective will be a teaser for her upcoming retrospective at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City in mid-October. Retrospective Text is forthcoming.

For more information on the exhibition and work of Evans please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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