CREATIVE PEAKS: Creative Conservation

By on October 6, 2015

Daly Projects exhibit explores local environs through foreign eyes

Works by David Buckley Borden, hanging at Daly Projects through Oct. 31, offer commentary on methods of wildlife management and conservation.

Works by David Buckley Borden, hanging at Daly Projects through Oct. 31, offer commentary on methods of wildlife management and conservation.

Jackson, WY – David Buckley Borden didn’t use his month-long residency through Teton Artlab just to create art. He used the time to investigate the ecological issues unique to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

That work is part of a new exhibition at Daly Projects, which will feature screen prints, mixed media drawings and installations.

While all the visiting artists in the Artlab’s residency program create work tied to nature or inspired by the outdoors, Borden’s work specifically and literally tackled conservation in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, explained Meg Daly, owner and curator at Daly Projects.

“His work is really uniquely centered around this region,” Daly said. “It was obvious to me it deserved a show here. It would be unfortunate if he didn’t have a show here.”

Much of the work showing at Daly Projects was informed by conversations Borden had with conservation organizations, government agencies and recreational sports enthusiasts during his residency in January.

His prints are unsolicited visual proposals to agencies like the U.S. Forest Service.

“They are pretty sincere suggestions, but they are also lighthearted and funny,” Daly said. “He captures an aesthetic that is the beautiful, graphic style of old maps, but they feel fresh and modern.”

The Cambridge, Mass. based artist has a background in landscape architecture. His work is design based, Daly said. He’ll be showing printed work and also sculptures using repurposed tools and installations with trees. He’ll also have some drawing and sketches on display.

“He’s really an interdisciplinary artist,” Daly said. “He’s hard to pin down to one genre.”

His work, which offers the chance to purchase pieces at price points in the $100 to $600 range, will cover the entire gallery.

Art lovers can take a  “field tour,” with Borden, a walk through the gallery, where he’ll discuss the inspiration behind his art.

Borden also is creating an installation outside the Center for the Arts to tie into the SHIFT Festival. All his work is meant to inspire conversation and thought about conservation in the area.

“It’s interesting to get an outsider’s perspective on town,” Daly said. “He offers ideas and perspectives we might not generate here because we are so close to the issues.”

“Greater Yellowstone: Prints, Maps, and Objects,” by David Buckley Borden, reception is 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, show hangs through Oct. 31, at Daly Projects, 125. E. Pearl Ave.

When the love of art, collaboration endures

In 1982, Babs Case, now the artistic director for Dancers’ Workshop, collaborated with artist Dickie Landry to create a multi-disciplinary art performance exploring the dialogue between music, dance and visual arts.

Case and Landry will share that collaboration again, decades after they first created it, as part of Landry’s residency at the Center for the Arts. The piece, which Case reset for dancer Francesca Romo of Contemporary Dance Wyoming, is still just as relevant.

Landry’s time in Jackson will include an art show in the Theater Gallery at the Center for the Arts called “Dickie Landry: Exploration in Axonometric Projection.” It will feature his paintings, talks and a performance of “Trialogue,” the piece he and Case created years earlier.

Landry, 77, is a musician, photographer and painter.

“He’s just an artist in every way and approaches life in that way,” Case said.

His time living in New York introduced him to other artists who became collaborators and inspired his own work.

Landry counts Paul Simon as a friend and was an original member of the Philip Glass Ensemble.

“He just experienced an extraordinary time in art,” Case said.

“Trialogue,” which is somewhat improvisational and somewhat structured, shows what the creative process is really like. It can be seductive, alluring and terrifying at the same time, Case said. You can get lost in it. It’s about letting go and allowing another art form to move you. It’s also reminiscent of primitive forms of video mapping, Case said.

For the new performance of the piece, Case is creating the visual art using ink on an old-fashioned projector that will run while Romo dances and Landry plays the saxophone on stage. Case will follow Romo’s movements with the projector, while listening to Landry’s musical direction.

“It is truly a dialogue between the art forms,” she said.

Dickie Landry, presented by the University of Wyoming Museum, Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Workshop and the Art Association. Gallery tour and artist talk, Art Association, noon, Monday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 14.

Opening reception, Art Association Gallery, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 14; “Trialogue,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts, free. PJH

‘Diamonds in Hand,’ and other works by Dickie Landry coalesce with music and dance during the artist’s opening reception Oct. 14.

‘Diamonds in Hand,’ and other works by Dickie Landry coalesce with music and dance during the artist’s opening reception Oct. 14.

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