Land­scape as ur­gent sub­ject

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

“Since I am a drafts­man, I like the idea of mak­ing a jour­ney that in­scribes a very long line,” artist Mike Glier writes at the beginning of his book

Along a Long Line (Hard Press Edi­tions). Therein is a col­or­ful record of his pere­gri­na­tions along a line of lon­gi­tude that be­gan at an Inuit vil­lage in the Arc­tic and in­cluded stops in Ecuador and the Vir­gin Is­lands.

The project re­sulted in 50 oil paint­ings and about 3,000 pho­to­graphs. The paint­ings are gor­geously ab­stract stud­ies of land­scapes. The pho­tos take in all kinds of things: rain forests, lakes, moun­tains, rocks, stat­ues, bridges, a bill­board, a fat cac­tus, and — on an iso­lated sec­tion of coast at Drunk Bay, St. John — a bizarre col­lec­tion of small fig­ures fash­ioned from coral and stones.

Glier of­fers a talk with the same ti­tle as his book at 6 p.m. Tues­day, March 30, at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Per­alta (989-1199). Tick­ets are $10, $5 for se­niors. The lec­ture is fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion for the artist at Ger­ald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Per­alta (954-5700).

Mike Glier: April 2, 2008: Av­enue C, New York, New York, 50°F, 2008, oil on alu­minum panel, 24 x 30 inches

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