Landscape as urgent subject
“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