Vista: Landscape in Contemporary Art
Opening Friday September 27, 6-9 p.m
THIS IS A SPECIAL PROJECT in support of The Nature Conservancy. Manifest will be contributing 33% of its proceeds from any sale of works in VISTA to the Nature Conservancy in an effort to help offset our own, and our patrons’, carbon footprint.
“We need nature, and particularly its wilderness strongholds. It is the alien world that gave rise to our species, and the home to which we can safely return. It offers choices our spirit was designed to enjoy.”
– Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life
Landscape: It’s much more than a pretty picture, a view through a window, a morning sunrise, or a forested hillside. Today landscape has come full circle to encompass humanity despite our attempts to subdue, reform, resist, and conquer it. We are finally realizing the limits of our sphere and our connection to it. What was once a vast sea of natural form grown in place through millennia has now been largely measured, marked, peeled back, and defined by the human race. Like some tolerant hidden giant bearing the weight of one species, the Earth and the land it spawned us from defines us, yet quietly defies us. Landscape is where we come to terms, discover hope, and take a broader view. Inevitably it is also where we recognize that the limitation of our landscape is also probably our own; it is a critical vista.
In honor of all the Earth has given and continues to give, Manifest invited artists, designers, architects, and others to submit artwork to this competitive juried exhibit which marks the opening of our 10th season of exhibitions. Manifest is pleased to share this carefully selected collection of works featuring landscape as their common theme, by artists representing an incredibly broad geographical radius.
VISTA received a record number of entries for a gallery project at Manifest. Our several-member blind jury process reviewed 1,020 works by 409 artists from 43 states and 18 different countries. Twenty-two works by the following 20 artists from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and England were selected for exhibition.