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collaboration piece "Indian Flats" is the
result of participating in a residency entitled "Artist
Forest Community", a program begun in 1996 and
administered through a partnership between the Helena National
Forest and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. The
program is designed to connect natural resources, cultural
resources and communities, bringing artists and the forest
together in meaningful ways. Artists of various disciplines
are given remote forest cabins for one-week stays, and the
residency is followed by a public extension related to the
forest experience. The title, Indian Flats, is the name
of the cabin where Terry and Sara stayed.
© Sara Mast and Terry Karson
mixed media, 15 feet tall by 36 feet in length.
Both Terry Karson and Sara Mast (currently living in
Billings, MT) have spent years as artists working with common,
everyday objects, especially that which we throw away as
"garbage" to reexamine and reinvent such detritus
into objects and paintings that reflect our contemporary
culture in extraordinary ways. For Karson who manipulates
actual found objects, and Mast who combines in her
paintings both representative symbols and found material
the issue is to reflect this "disposable" culture of
ours, but also transform it into something new. The result is
a metamorphosis of objects into art; of human culture into
environmental threat and environmental threat, by way of
brilliant irony, into culture again. The juxtaposition of
"trash" to its symbolic life and the transfigurative
process that the mind can achieve are obvious. In Masts
paintings road signs, be they actual or painted, stand like
wildflowers in a surreal field, while Karson builds monuments
and forest out of tin cans and butterflies and birds out of
colorful discarded paperboard packaging.
Flanders Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce this
new show with husband and wife, Terry Karson and Sara Mast,
opening Saturday, July 10, 1999 with reception from 6-9 pm
with artists in attendance.
This exhibition runs through August 14.
(400 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota.)612-344-1700