When and Where Is It? Time and Place in Art

When and Where Is It? Time and Place in Art

How we experience a place can have consequence to our lives. Attachments to familiar environments can inform our sense of self and unite us with others who, like kindred spirits, call a place "home." The unique features of a particular landscape, and what we might know about its geographic and cultural histories, can inspire us to find meaning in its physical attributes. Human activities such as construction, transportation, and economic exchange shape our perceptions of the places where we live, play, and work.

When and Where Is It? Time and Place in Art features four works of art that explore these ideas. The works portray present-day experience or musings on an ancient past; they depict places that are shaped by our presence or that remain wild, seemingly untouched by human influence. Red Grooms humorously captures the collective drama of a deluge in the city, Lynda Raskin imagines a long-ago time when land sculpted by receding glaciers was inhabited by dinosaurs, Julian Otto Trevelyan presents the busy activity of construction equipment and airplane flight that suggest human shaping of the environment, and Tom Uttech evokes the wildness of the north woods and the timelessness of natural rhythms.

Side Image: 

Linda Raskin (American), Formed by Glaciers, date unknown, etching, 15 x 11 inches. Gift of the Estate of Janet Ela. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

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