Brenda Biondo: Remnants & Revival
Ivywild School (Colorado Springs)
October 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014
- Opening reception: Second Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 6pm – 9pm
Brenda Biondo, "False Solomons Seal | Forest Clearing", Archival Pigment Print, 20"h x42"w
(from the press release)
Remnants & Revival is an ongoing photographic series by photographer Brenda Biondo. Beauty and thoughtfulness combine to address the value and challenges of preserving Western lands. The diptychs in this series reference the dwindling remnants of undeveloped land throughout the West, and the restoration efforts that are bringing back native plants to many farmed and grazed areas while attempting to re-create ecosystems that more closely resemble the originals. Each diptych combines an image of a protected Colorado landscape (i.e. as designated open space, a state park, etc.) with a close-up of a wild-growing plant (either native, introduced or invasive). Each plant image is matched with a photo of an ecosystem where the plant is likely to be found growing. A portion of sales proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the Palmer Land Trust. Also, Bristol Brewing will contribute $1 per beer sold during the artist’s reception to Palmer Land Trust. Curated by Holly Parker Dearborn.
Biondo has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits around the country, including recent presentations at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins), and The Arvada Center, among others. Her work has also been featured in The Denver Post, on Lenscratch, and in other publications. She has received great attention for her series Once Upon A Playground, featuring vintage playground equipment, with numerous exhibits and a forthcoming book being published by University Press of New England (May 2014). A native New Yorker, she has lived in Colorado since 1999 and currently resides in Manitou Springs. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver. Visit: www.brendabiondo.com
Remnants & Revival, an ongoing series addressing the value and challenges of preserving Western lands, was inspired by my love for the Colorado countryside and interest in conservation issues. After writing about environmental topics for nine years as a freelance journalist, I decided to use photography to examine issues of land use and preservation in the American West. The diptychs in this series reference the dwindling remnants of undeveloped land throughout the West, and the restoration efforts to bring back native plants to many farmed and grazed areas in efforts to re-create ecosystems more closely resembling the original. Each diptych combines an image of a Colorado landscape that is protected in some way (i.e. through open space designation, state park, etc.) with a close-up of a wild-growing plant (either native, introduced or invasive). Each plant image is matched with a photo of an ecosystem where the plant is likely to be found growing. Drawing inspiration from the landscape traditions of mid-19th-century photographers who documented the West before the full-scale arrival of Europeans, as well as from the mid-20th-century New Topographics photographers who documented man's intrusion on the natural world, I'm approaching this series as a way to explore the nuances of "natural" versus "unnatural" landscapes and the notion of reconstruction after destruction. By focusing attention on the botanical details of these open spaces, the plant close-ups allude to transformations that have taken place during the past two centuries, subtly dispelling the illusion of landscapes undisturbed by man.
1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80905