October 14 — December 28
Todd Stewart and Robert Bailey initiated Fieldworks in 2015 as a mobile residency for artists, scholars, and students interested in thinking about how people relate to nature. Traversing arid regions of the western United States, they visit sites where people have marked the land in any number of ways, study these places as traces of people’s varied modes of artistry, and accrue an archive of objects, images, texts, sound, and more that testifies to both the banality and the strangeness of all that people do to transform the environments that they inhabit. As its title implies, Compendium is a collection or anthology of Fieldworks’ manifold practice as an artistic, scholarly, and pedagogical initiative. Both the exhibition itself and an accompanying publication draw from the Fieldworks archive to bring together selections of items that invite viewers and readers to deepen their understanding of the always complex, often troubling, and at times surprising ways that people find their place within the rest of nature.
This project is funded in part by the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies of Brigham Young University.
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