March 25 - May 30
Land Marks: Janet Fredericks & Michaela Harlow
In this two-person exhibition opening March 25th, Vermont-based artists Janet Fredericks and Michaela Harlow explore abstract landscapes on micro and macro scales in a variety of mediums, pushing references to the natural environment behind graphic mark-marking. Janet Fredericks’ woodcut prints, overlaid with drawings, recall aerial views of sprawling city grids, the latticework of farmers’ fields, and the traceable paths of meandering rivers from 36,000 feet. These renderings move beyond the merely cartographic, however, as an “invented vocabulary” of finishing marks in ink and graphite serve as reminders of the ways that humans mark and shape these landscapes on an increasingly massive scale. Michaela Harlow finds similar opportunities for observation and reflection in the fragile and constantly evolving nature of wild places, though her multimedia works on paper and panel redirect our gaze to subtler changes. The vibrating reflections of bare trees on the water’s surface, broken branches trapped in frozen streams, bits of wind-blown vegetation emerging from icy layers on the forest floor: these are the moments of seasonal transition immortalized in Michaela’s onsite sketches. Her studio work expands upon the spontaneous lines and marks of these field notes, amphibiously combining the liquid nature of painting with traditionally dry media, such as pastel, charcoal, and pencil. For these artists, whether landscapes are shaped by natural cycles or calculated interventions, over seasons or generations, transformations on all scales are equally worthy of exploration and conversation.