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Indian Flats


Sara Mast and Terry Karson
mixed media,   15 feet tall by 36 feet in length.

This 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.

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 Mast’s 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

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