Published: Jan. 17, 2018

collage of different art pieces in the ARCHIVE exhibit

ARCHIVE: Notes from the Field is a collaborative exhibition that has been curated in tandem with the serial publication SPS NOTES FROM THE FIELD Vol 3: seven hundred and eighty-two miles.

During the fall of 2017, participants in the Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices graduate seminar traveled through northern Colorado and arrived in Albany County, Wyoming on the southern edge of the Laramie Range. The students stayed at a working cattle ranch, located 8 miles down a dirt road and unplugged from the expectations of everyday convenience. The space quickly provided them insight into the landscape and culture of the region, allowing for each artist to interpret the field excursion in their own way. SPS Notes from the Field provides a distillation of their encounters and the immediate impact on their work in response to the trip. Included in Volume 3, we find creative responses to sites ranging from the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, the Sand Creek National Natural Landmark, and the McFadden Wind Farm. Along with visits to these powerful sites, quiet walks and furrowed drives through the Wyoming interior provided a touchstone for the material shown in both the exhibit and publication.

ARCHIVE: Notes from the Field is an opportunity for each artist to respond to items from the CU Boulder University Libraries’ Special Collections, Archive, and Preservation department through the lens of their field research. Accessing these collections, they chose specific materials to further contextualize their work in exhibit. The artwork is sited next to projects by artists such as Lucy R. Lippard, Ed Ruscha, and Simparch. The relationships between student work and Special Collections items explore the concept of archive in varying contexts, from the information which can be gleaned by observing the mundanity of a home library, to an assortment of rusted hardware collected over many miles. Ephemeral articles of the artist’s process function as a fluctuating record of the actions and creativity which happen in and outside the studio. In considering these works by renowned artists who pioneered the relevancy of the artist’s archive, the SPS students offer the juxtaposition of their own takes on the concept of ephemeral record and its ever-present companionship within the shifting process of thinking and making.

The exhibit can be viewed throughout the spring semester in Norlin Library, on the first floor adjacent to the east entrance. It features work by Mike Foster, Camila Friedman-Gerlicz, Brittney Hofer, Sarah McCormic, Melissa Sclafani and Aaron Treher.

Opening Reception: 4 - 6 pm, Friday, January 19, 2018