Minton’s microcosm of art and nature

By on September 3, 2014

Make this stop on your Palates and Palletes Art Walk: Center Theater + a culinary surprise.


‘Run On Sentence’ by Bronwyn Minton. Photo: Caroline Zieleniewski.

Jackson Hole, Wyo. – As cartographers have always known, maps are more than navigational devices. They are works of art, rendered in multi-colored veins and marks, charting human dreams and ambition, and tracing our relationship with the earth.

Using the theme of “Circumnavigating,” a new exhibit by Bronwyn Minton at the Center for the Arts asks viewers to ponder how we look at the natural world. How does looking closely at nature inspire introspection into oneself, the exhibit asks.

The opening reception for Minton’s exhibit coincides with Friday’s Palates and Palettes Art Walk, and Jackson Hole Public Art will host the reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Theater Gallery at Center for the Arts.

“In my artistic practice I work with concepts related to human interaction with the natural world,” Minton writes in her artist statement. “ I am fascinated by how mythology, literature and science form a lens through which we have interactions with nature… This installation includes drawing, photography, magnifying glasses, and sculptural installation that will address these ideas.”

The exhibit includes five pieces, including “Cairn,” the interactive sculpture that has lived outside the northwest corner of the Center for the past year. In the Theater Gallery, Minton has installed four new works.

“Borderland” is a large piece consisting of multiple prints of vegetation on rice paper and mounted with 1-inch plexiglass. In “Overlap,” Minton used encaustic wax, rice paper and steel pins to create another large piece with various sizes of translucent circles overlapping each other.

The piece, “Run-On Sentences” got its start over a year ago at a Culture Front event at which audience members created poems about microscopic natural observations. The piece includes magnifying boxes with organic material mounted vertically in lines on the wall.

And finally, “Divergent Roads,” is a large graphite drawing mounted with various magnifying glasses.

Jackson Hole Public Art commissioned Minton’s “Cairn Project,” last year. Minton’s close examination of nature and broad questions about human interaction with nature dovetail elegantly with the mission of JH Public Art. The organization utilizes concepts of creative placemaking in order to shape the physical and social character via arts and cultural activities. The recent POP! Deloney Street all-day event is an example of creative placemaking.

“We are still evaluating the impact of the day-long pop-up place of possibility,” said JH Public Art director Carrie Geraci. “We had an awesome turnout, and over 200 people voted on the bench design competition.”

“We strive to enhance public space with art that tells the stories of Jackson Hole,” Geraci added.

About Meg Daly

Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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