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 his family farm.
On their own 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 tries to reclaim the land.
“The color prints of the farmstead are subjective interpretations of its ‘present’ state. The amplified color and texture, and the 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 create to further sense of loss, not just for the degeneration of the built 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 liveliness the human subjects bring to the historic photographs is completely lost by its absence in the color images.
Naomi Friend: Restless Tenants
April 30 – June 29, 2014
Bone Creek Museum is excited to present the work of Naomi Friend this spring. Friend represents the new generation of agrarian artist. Her work thoughtfully questions how we live in connection to nature in the 21st century. The themes that she explores are closely related to the mission of the museum; to connect people to the land through art. These ideas go beyond crops and cultivation.
Friend’s latest series, Restless Tenants, explores the interrelationships of humanity to our food and our residences. Friend is serving as curator for this exhibition to combine object’s from the permanent collection with her latest work, to strike up a conversation between old and new in these relationships.
Join us for a reception on May 24 to hear more from the artist about her work.
Denise Lemaster: Canadian Foothills
July 30 – November 30, 2014
More information coming soon.