Randy Waln: The Degeneration of the Family Farm
March 26, 2014 – July 27, 2014
Peru State College art professor and photographer, Randy Waln, has assembled a collection of digitally manipulated photographs of his family’s now abandoned farm. The recent color images are contrasted by small, historical black and white photographs of the farm.
Waln’s images communicate a sense of loss as generations have moved off the land. Cars and trucks are left to sit and rust. Plants have overgrown their intended boundaries and fallen down trees obstruct views and walkways. The viewer is confronted with man’s influence, or lack thereof, as nature reclaims the land.
“The color prints of the farmstead are subjective interpretations of its ‘present’ state. The amplified color and texture, and the
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expressive rendering, capture that sense of the extraordinary we often associate with places that hold significant meaning for us. It is that special personal appeal the place has because of memories associated with it. The objective reality of the camera’s recording is one of decay and ruin. The process of filtering the objective photographic images through memory and familiarity forms a fiction true to the remembrance in its intensity and enhanced grandeur,” Waln said.
The pairing of the black and white photographs serve to further the sense of loss, not just for the degeneration of the structures but of the activity the people brought to the place. In each of the historic farm photos, a person is the central subject. Hints of the condition of the farm are visible in the background. The aliveness the human subjects bring to the historic photographs is lost by its absence in the color images.
Prairie Grass Portraits
Thursday, Aug 14 at 5:30 pm Prairie Grass Portraits reception with Kristine Allphin Brakenhoff and presentation on Gardening with Nature In Mind by Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
July 2 – November 2, 2014
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art will exhibit Prairie Grass Portraits by batik artist Kristine Allphin Brackenhoff July 2 through November 2, 2014 at the museum in David City.
Educational programs will enhance the public’s experience of the exhibition. On July 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm area 4-H club members will participate in a two-hour workshop led by Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The hands-on workshop will help 4-H members learn to identify and tend native grasses which contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Members of area 4-H Clubs will contribute volunteer hours to plan and begin building a mini native prairie in the back yard of Bone Creek Museum.
On August 14 at 5:30 pm Horticulture Program Coordinator at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Bob Henrickson will provide a presentation entitled, Gardening with Nature In Mind. The presentation and reception at Bone Creek Museum is open to the public and free of charge.
Kristine Allphin Brakenhoff has been working in fine art batik since 2011. “It didn’t take long to realize these prairie grasses, like the river, were the perfect subject to be expressed in this unpredictable medium of batik,” said Kristine. She has received acclaim within batik circles and her work is in collections as far away as Sri Lanka, where batik is highly praised. Prairie Grass Portraits is Kristine’s latest series in response to her exploration of her new home near Hastings, Nebraska. This exhibition and its accompanying educational program is meant to cause the viewer to reflect on the importance of preserving Nebraska’s native grasses.