Prairie Reconstruct no. 19</i>, from <u>The Portfolio of Lost Plants</u><i>

From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape

Since its launch in 2004, the Daily Palette at the University of Iowa has featured the work of over 3000 Iowa-connected artists, publishing their work online and encouraging a greater appreciation of the arts statewide.

In honor of its twelfth year, the Daily Palette is organizing a gallery exhibition at the Old Capitol Museum on the University's campus to celebrate two of Iowa's most important yet often under-appreciated features: its landscape and its artistic talent. From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape is a juried exhibition that spotlights seven artists working in a variety of media who interpret Iowa's landscape and invite us to think about the state in new ways.

From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape is on view at the Old Capitol Museum from Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the following departments and organizations at the University of Iowa: the Old Capitol Museum, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Graduate College, and the School of Art & Art History.

Prairie Reconstruct no. 19, from The Portfolio of Lost Plants, archival inkjet print, 17" x 11", 2014

Regan Golden is an artist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  She earned her BA from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.  She is an arts writer for Modern Painters and ARTPULSE, the co-founder of Drawn Lots Collaborative, and the Instructor of Drawing and Art Theory at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  Regan has written several artist books, participated in a dozen artist residencies, and exhibited her work in solo and group shows throughout the country.  She was awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship at The Jerome Foundation in Minneapolis (2014-15) and she was recently nominated for the Baum Foundation Award for an Emerging American Photographer.  Regan's work was first published on the Daily Palette in 2013.

Prairie Construct no. 19 is from The Portfolio of Lost Plants series, which is based, in part, on a small swatch of prairie along Ralston Creek in Iowa City.  To create this series, Regan spliced and reordered the traditional horizontal landscape by cutting apart her photographs of this site with an X-ACTO knife, and then created a collage from the fragments.  She scans her collages and prints them at the scale of a traditional botanical illustration. 

My work is inspired by the scrubby forests and ragged prairies that border subdivisions and railroad tracks.  Since the future of these spaces is uncertain, capturing them at present is crucial.  As an artist, I want to capture the cycle of growth and decay occurring in these small, urban natural spaces. . . . I work in collage and altered photographs because I am fascinated by how our sense of images as physical objects is diminishing with the influx of digital media and how this parallels our detachment from natural spaces. . . . Using both digital tools and traditional collage techniques, I hope my work enables viewers to re-examine their relationship to images, as well as the overlooked natural spaces that are part of everyday life.  -- Regan Golden

Regan Golden's website

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on April 26, 2016

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