Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, an exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist known for a rich body of work inspired by her lifelong interest in the earth and the cosmos, will be on view at the Parrish Art Museum from today, July 21 through October 27, 2013. Since the 1960s, Stuart has produced and exhibited monumentally scaled works on paper, site-specific earth art, multimedia installations, paintings, sculpture, and photographic works, pursuing a subtle and responsive dialogue with the natural world.
The exhibition originated at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Center, Nottingham, UK, and was organized by Anna Lovatt, lecturer in Modern and Contemporary art history at the University of Manchester, UK, an editor of the Oxford Art Journal, and a regular contributor to Artforum International. After its tenure at the Parrish Art Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where it will be on view from January 26-April 20, 2014.
A catalogue, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag in conjunction with the exhibition, is the most comprehensive publication on the artist's work to date. Featuring essays by Anna Lovatt, Jane McFadden, Nancy Princenthal, Alicia Longwell, and an interview with the artist by Julie Joyce, it includes 130 illustrations and will be sold at the Parrish Art Museum Gift Shop.
Spanning the period from the late 1960s to the present day, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature presents the artist's radical redefinition of the medium of drawing, encompassing her pioneering range of mediums, while highlighting her early contributions to process-based sculpture and Land Art, her use of nontraditional natural materials, and her lifelong passion for photography. Among the works on view are rarely seen drawings from the late 1960s, incorporating photographs and articulating the mottled surface of the moon. These early works anticipate the monumentally scaled "scrolls" of the 1970s for which the artist became internationally known. Works such as #1 Woodstock, NY (1973) and #5 Moray Hill (1973) were made outdoors by laying rolls of paper on the ground, smashing them with rocks, stroking them with earth, or rubbing them with graphite until the characteristics of a given site became ingrained in their surfaces. A video documenting Stuart's piece Niagara Gorge Path Relocated (1975), a 460-foot long "scroll," cascading down a bank along the Niagara River at Artpark in Lewiston, NY, will also be on view.