Land as Language –
Hogue Remixes

Land as Language began as an investigation of landscape painting after making a move from Detroit to Kansas in 2008. Ultimately my research took me to the painter Alexandre Hogue and his interest in "the forces beneath the surface of nature." Most inspiring to me for this project are the works from Hogue's "Big Bend" series. Using my schematic language, I translated, or remixed, Hogue's "forces." From this foundation and further research into mid-western landscape traditions and geological phenomena, a visual vocabulary developed. Just as Hogue believed he could extract and express these hidden forces of nature, I seek out a kind of intellect in the landforms. These paintings were first exhibited in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at University of Tulsa in 2008.

 

Land as Language –
FLINT HILLS

After working with the Hogue remixes, I applied a similar process to research of my new home in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. This was an opportunity to explore new methods for developing my image vocabulary – particularly tying imagery to a specific sense of place.

Land as Language –
Sandzen remixes

In 2009, I proposed a solo exhibition at the Birger Sandzen Memerial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas. I was interested in applying the process from the Alexandre Hogue remixes to the most famous of Kansas landscape artists. In addition to exhibiting Hogue remixes and my Flint Hills paintings, I was able to complete two Sandzen remixes.

Sandzen was born in Sweden and moved to the US along with a wave of Swedish immigrants in the late 19th century to the Lindsborg area of Kansas. The painting "Hemlangtan" was developed in part from research into Swedish immigrant's nostalgia for their home country. Besides his dedication to the Kansas landscape, especially the Smokey Hill River Valley, he taught art at Bethany College for over fifty years.