The plethora of spectacular and majestic spots scattered across the vast western lands has led us to expect these grandiose elements in our art. But the universe is just as present in a grain of sand, or here, in a patch of sand littered with eroded boulders and bits of the living desert’s flotsam. We may travel through mile after mile of natural wonders, without looking at them, on our way to a national park, or traverse a spider web of water-carved features on the drive to Lake Powell. In their paintings, Mark Knudsen and Leslie Thomas invite us to slow down and actually look around us.
Read Geoff Wichert’s preview of the Mark Knudsen/Leslie Thomas exhibit at Phillips Gallery in the January 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.