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2014 Exhibitions



Gwynn Murrill: Selections from the Studio

07.24.14 - 08.12.14

Opening Reception Thursday, July 24th 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

 

A portion of proceeds from this exhibition will support

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David Pirrie: Mapping the Tetons

08.14.14 -   09.03.14

Opening Reception Thursday, August 14th 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 David Pirrie: Mapping the 
Tetons 

David Pirrie's interest in mountains dates back to his childhood, when he and his brother would scramble around their backyard in British Columbia's coastal range on Vancouver's North Shore. Pirrie's reverence for these snow -capped peaks extends itself into a devotional pursuit whereby he not only paints these mountains but climbs most of them as well. Recent ski mountaineering expeditions into the Grand Tetons gave Pirrie an intimate sense for the mountain range and its characteristics, forging a relationship between the images he creates and his experience.

In removing the individual mountain from the surrounding range Pirrie decontextualizes his subject, making it symbolic rather than representational. He treats his mountains like celebrities, fashioning larger than life, unnatainable, beautiful and mysterious portrayals. David records their rugged features in detail, as they individually assume their own unique personalities. His use of bright melodramatic colors and dot overlay draws aesthetic and conceptual comparisons to Pop Art, implicating these colossal stone figures in the pop culture lexicon. In this light the work becomes an excercise in re-framing how we perceive the mountains; examining the function of representation and how preserving something in imagery can make it iconic.

David's mapping of the Tetons is also a form of personal inquiry. The dots may represent coordinate plotting, metaphorically pointing to the impermanence of their man-made structures that attempt to prescribe location at the intersection of human and geological time. David also paints evidence of erosion, hoping to remind us of the temporal nature of the mountains which, seemingly anchored in time, force us to acknowledge our transient existence on this earth.

A portion of proceeds from this exhibition will support
Jenny Lake Ranger Fund

 



Re-Buffed

September 5th – October 18th, 2014

 

Diehl Gallery’s exhibition, Re-Buffed, will explore the bison in contemporary art. Gallery artists will present new works with a connection – literal, abstract or conceptual - to the North American Bison, or as we often refer to them here in the wild West, buffalo. The subject matter has been visited exhaustively in traditional Western art. Diehl Gallery will re-new interest in the subject and present it in a new light.