The Patton-Malott Gallery is a gallery space on the Anderson Ranch campus. Its contemporary and rustic ranch architectural elements provide the backdrop for rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
The mission of the Patton-Malott Gallery at Anderson Ranch Arts Center is to inspire creativity and critical dialogue, engaging the regional community by exploring diverse histories within contemporary art. Based on a foundation of exhibitions that tie the gallery to educational programming at Anderson Ranch, our goal is to bring compelling exhibitions to the Roaring Fork Valley region. We support artists working with themes that affirm the trajectories of contemporary art as plural, unbounded by geographic, conceptual, and cultural limits. The gallery builds community through its programming, employing art as a vehicle for the examination and transmission of contemporary experience.
…OF SIFTING / FLOWERS IN THE GRAVELS / AT THE END OF THE ICE AGE
A Group Exhibition of New Works by Burnham Arndt, Sophia Dixon Dillo, Chris Hassig and Elliot Norquist
On View: November 14 – December 8, 2016
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 15, 5 – 7 PM
All four of the “…Of Sifting” artists live and work in the American West, a territory sublime and overwhelming in its scale. Painters such as Bierstadt, Moran and Church made their reputations attempting to translate this landscape, in all its monumentality, to canvas. But the West has also been one of the most notable laboratories for minimalist art, a decidedly different response to the landscape. The “…Of Sifting” exhibition builds on this history of minimalism in the American West, tuned to the landscape, with each artist interpreting it from a different point of view.
The idea for this exhibition came about as organizer Chris Hassig was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch earlier this year. Over the summer, he began a new series of abstracted geologic section drawings and wanted to put them in a specific minimal context.
“The process of making art always involves selection and subtraction. So artists, in making work, have had to decide what to keep,” explains Hassig. “Altogether, one can see how we’ve come from different ways of observing the world and making work, how we’ve been subtly or overtly affected by the landscape, and how we’ve each arrived at unique versions of minimalism that capitalize on its ability to create focus.
“There are different directions our work can take you if you approach it conceptually, and I hope viewers will, but we’re also not afraid of chasing beauty and letting the work have its own charisma. I hope viewers experience a basic pleasure in the beauty of this work.”
The title of the exhibition, “…Of Sifting / Flowers in the Gravels / At the End of the Ice Age,” is a fragment from Gary Snyder’s poem, Raven’s Beak River / At the End. The poem describes a moment of contemplation at the confluence of the Tatshenshini River and Alsek Lake in Alaska. The fragment selected epitomizes a simultaneous immensity and intimacy to nature and time—both the flower and the ice age—that the wild landscape offers. The “sifting” is Snyder’s active role in this moment, the role of an artist, a role that the artists undertake in “Of Sifting.”
This is the first exhibition Hassig has organized for the Ranch.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s opening reception for “…Of Sifting / Flowers in the Gravels / At the End of the Ice Age” will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 5 – 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Burnham Arndt grew up in Denver and has spent most of his life in Colorado. He received a B.F.A. in photography, printmaking, painting and a minor in philosophy from the University of Colorado. After leaving college he worked in the outdoors during winter, an experience that has proved to be a constant source of inspiration. Burnham continues to make his art in mostly monastic isolation. His photography his often featured in local magazines.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sophia Dixon Dillo currently resides at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center with her husband in Crestone, Colo. The peace and quiet of her remote location influences her work. Dillo studied art at the Lacoste Ecole des Arts in Lacoste, France (2001). She has a B.A. in philosophy from Colorado College (2000) and an M.F.A. from Colorado State University (2009). Dillo has exhibited throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Recent projects include an installation made from 83 miles of copper thread for the Calvin Klein Collection holiday window in New York City, and an installation made from 35 kilometers of monofilament for Galerie Fatiha Selam in Paris, France. She was recently selected as one of 32 significant female artists in Colorado Women in Abstraction at the Center for Visual Arts in Denver. Dillo is represented by Gallerie Citi in Burlingame; Galerie Fatiha Selam in Paris, France; Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica; Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco; and Winterowd Fine Art in Santa Fe.
Chris Hassig is an artist, printmaker and writer from Carbondale, Colo. He creates, among other projects, detailed, semi-abstracted drawings of grass that accrete to form simple geometries; layered meditations on strata and horizon; and fictional maps of an invented country, Saiopor, and its capital, Ralesis. He has a joint B.A. in Architecture and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College (2009) and apprenticed at Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, Mass., from 2012 until 2014. He has had solo exhibitions at Nugget Gallery in Aspen, The Art Base in Basalt, and Hangar 41 in Denver, and participated in group exhibitions at The Art Base, the Concord Art Center in Concord, Mass., and the Chandler Gallery of Maud Morgan Arts in Cambridge, Mass. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch in spring 2016.
Born in Kansas City, Elliot Norquist was exposed to contemporary art in New York City and Chicago as a youngster. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned a B.F.A. in sculpture. He later attended the University of Oregon receiving an M.A. in sculpture. Since the 1970’s he has been exhibiting in Aspen and teaching at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He has also taught at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Penland School of Crafts, and is represented by the Lynda Durham Gallery, the Janus Gallery, and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art. His art work is in numerous private collections and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum, the Johnson Museum at the University of New Mexico, The College of Santa Fe, and the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York.