Sense, science of place

By on July 30, 2014

New work by Andy Kincaid hangs at The Rose.


Boardwalk Feature, inkjet print, display by Andy Kincaid.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – The relationship we have with our natural environment is akin to the connection we share with friends and partners; it ebbs and flows, sometimes leaving us enamored and content, other times perplexed or melancholy.

Andy Kincaid’s latest body of work explores the relationships we experience with our environment through sculpture, photography and video. He juxtaposes quintessential natural scenes, such as sunsets over ocean water or bubbling geysers in Yellowstone, with sharply modern nuances. Using a still image from a video he took of a sunset, for example, Kincaid googled 50 similar photos that he layered and printed as one abstract image. Kincaid explains:

“The image of a sunrise over water. Frantically attempting to capture another facsimile of this daily event, the rush of that moment causes anxiety, yet it continues to thrill, inspire. A collection of such sunrises, uploaded by people everywhere, curated and sorted, matching through a visual algorithm, becomes muted and muddy as through their combination their content is erased.”

Kincaid’s work is a fresh take on what we have come to understand as sense of place and how our perception of place transforms based on our individual experience and background. Specifically, the photograph depicting gurgling thermal features in Yellowstone (above) comes to mind. Kincaid said that when he unveiled this piece to a Chicago audience, they saw the swampy pools of an industrial waste zone.

Here in Jackson Hole, Kincaid finds it interesting to examine how the perception of our environs shifts when we are spending time in them versus the way we view such vistas as photographs.

“There is both a grandness and a casualness in how we use nature and the outdoors as a place for hobby,” Kincaid said. “When photographing these areas we change our understanding of our relationship with our surroundings … the science of it could be seen as a reality but then hobby becomes an escape and we use our landscape as a transformative experience.”

In Pursuit of Paradise art opening by Andy Kincaid, 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday at The Rose/Pink Garter.

About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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