Sensitive Indicators

Sensitive Indicators

Kolman & Pryor present a new series by Betsy Ruth Byers underpainted with philosophy and ecology, and how our sensory experiences create our reality.Event Website

Feb 25th - Apr 29th, 2017
Sat Mar 25th, 2017 7PM - 9PM CST
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
1500 Jackson St NE #395 Northrup King Building
Minneapolis ( map )

Taking as her inspiration the Icelandic term jökulhlaup (a glacial flood), United States Geological Survey historical studies of glacial change, and French phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s theories on perception and meaning, Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, at Kolman & Pryor Gallery. Sensitive Indicators opens February 25 and runs through April 15 An artist reception will be held on Saturday, March 25, 7-9 p.m.

While the work is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming, Byers insists her work is not about climate change. “Glaciers are a particularly sensitive indicator of climate change, which is a concern that runs through my life and work,” she says. “But what’s reflected in the work, instead, is my interest in the slow movement of landscapes over time. The work is underpainted with my thinking about philosophy and ecology, and about how our sensory experiences create our reality.”

Byers has long been influenced by water. Early works about swimming at night “evolved into thinking about our relationship to water, then glaciers,” she says. The aspects of a landscape painting that viewers usually perceive first—including light, space, horizon lines and texture—“become intertwined and internalized, and constitute what we experience as the ever-shifting present moment,” Byers says, with reference to Merleau-Ponty’s theories on perception.

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