Artists respond to the land in Visible Arts Section exhibition

“Satellite and Sediment,” the Division of Visible Arts’ winter season phrase exhibition, attributes drawings and paintings by five acclaimed modern day artists who issue distinctions between human and natural techniques.

The 5 are Athena LaTocha, Cynthia Lin, Beatrice Modisett, Barry Nemett and Sara Schneckloth. All but Schneckloth will be in attendance at the exhibition’s opening reception, established for Thursday, Jan. 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Middle for Visible Arts’ Crowell and West galleries.

They will give short gallery talks at 5 p.m. The event is absolutely free and open to the general public.

Manipulating satellite imagery, drone footage, collaged landscapes and foraged products, the artists mingle shut observation and lived experience, physique and character, realism and abstraction.

Beatrice Modisett, “Feeding Sugar to the Stump,” handmade charcoal and wood ash on Fabriano, 85 x 162 in.


“Bringing us into their personal discussions with mother nature, these artists stimulate us to glance closely at our own associations with the local weather all-around us, the sky over and the floor beneath,” suggests Laini Nemett, associate professor of visual arts – painting and drawing, and the show’s curator.

Alaskan-born LaTocha is a Hunkpapa Lakota and Ojibwe artist. She will work her ink and earth drawings in live performance with the land, often beginning them on and with the ground by itself, letting the atmosphere, rain, sand and soil immediate the piece.

Lin, centered in Brooklyn, is an affiliate professor of portray and drawing at Acquire Faculty. She reinterprets topographical aspects from NASA satellite imagery and magnified sections of skin with invented shades and unpredictable technical processes. Combining printmaking, scratch-board, solvent transfers, and oil on mylar, her large-scale functions go from pores and hair follicles to lava flows and land boundaries.

Lin will give an Artist Discuss Friday, Jan 20, 12:45 p.m., in Area 204. The celebration, which contains a catered lunch buffet, is co-sponsored by the departments of Visible Arts and Geosciences.

Modisett, based mostly in Queens, takes advantage of handmade charcoal and wood ash from her home in upstate New York in her monumental drawings of waves, wind and extraordinary weather, suggesting a state among coalescing and collapse, forming and eroding.

Barry Nemett is professor emeritus of drawing and portray and previous chair of the Painting Office at Maryland Institute University of Artwork. His accordion books blend many destinations and climates, weaving intricate thickets and tree bark with expansive landscapes of patchwork fields, karsts and canyons throughout continents. He is the father of Laini Nemett.

Schneckloth, an associate professor in the School of Visible Art and Structure at the University of South Carolina, forages organic product from New Mexico’s San Juan Basin to make pigments for her mixed media drawings. Dependent on low altitude drone footage, her loosely referential maps of the region’s banded topography recommend geological formations and extensive useful resource extraction, as nicely as much less-seen divisions amongst public and private lands.

The exhibition operates by means of March 10.