Colorado Art Ranch 2014 ARTPOSIA: Art + Land/Water
Artposia: A public forum designed for people who appreciate literature, contemporary art and the multidisciplinary exploration of ideas.
Spend an evening with the Colorado Art Ranch artists in residence for the 2014 Art + Land/Water Residency at The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch. As their one-month residency comes to a close, join the artists for a slideshow and talk about their creative work and its intersection with the land and water in the Yampa Valley.
About the Art + Land/Water artists and their September projects
Jim Durr has spent two thirds of his life in Colorado – half of that time living along the Front Range and the rest escaping from it. During his Colorado experience he has practiced law, winemaking, and wildlife management and research. Before that he was a zookeeper. Before that, he lived where he was born in northern New York– before he discovered he should have been born in the West.
He is now writing beyond the contexts of his former professions. Jim is exploring, through prose and poetry, stories of American land relationships and the forces that influence those relationships. While specifically investigating the experiences of the Ute and Oneida peoples he is revisiting the ideas of Aldo Leopold that had long ago awakened experiences from his youth with new understandings of where he belonged. This September he plans to examine historical land relationships of Northern Utes from the Colorado to the Yampa Rivers and contemporary land uses and relationships in that same country. Jim also hopes to be adding new works to his collection of essays and poems about Sandhill Cranes.
Cathryn Hankla is the author of a number of collections of poetry including Last Exposures, Texas School Book Depository, and Poems for the Pardoned as well as several fiction titles, the latest of which is Fortune Teller Miracle Fish: stories. She is a professor in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia, as well as its inaugural director and a past director of the MFA and undergraduate writing programs. She serves as Poetry Editor for The Hollins Critic. She's excited to have another turn at the Colorado Art Ranch where she'll be working on a book of essays organized around themes of self, home, and place.
Tom Hollenback. Like the best artists of any era, Tom Hollenback creates art that subtly transforms the perceptions of the viewer. His sculpture, no matter where it is installed, immediately defines and underscores the space it inhabits, thus changing the experience of being in that situation. By means of edge and angle, translucency and reflection, boundary and interface, Hollenback somehow bends the surroundings to the authority of his sculpture. The artist has devised an alternative means of orientation, a navigational device for today's electronic environment.
About Colorado Art Ranch
Colorado Art Ranch is a nomadic arts organization founded on the belief that the arts are an agent for change. It travels to Colorado towns each year to sponsor one-month residencies for visual and literary artists from around the world. Colorado Art Ranch also hosts a public forum to promote conversations on how art, and science intersect with land and social issues. Colorado Art Ranch envisions a world where creative interdisciplinary thinking is cultivated, valued, and used to solve land and social issues.