todd bartel

The central images of land that make up this series are often my own abandoned landscapes or are otherwise land images discarded by others or are purchased at yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops. It matters not from whence the land images come; if abandoned and found they can be  Salvaged. The series explores the short history of ecology, sustainability, and hypernature related themes.

Articulating a distinction between a landscape and a landview spurred this series of works which are made up of borrowed images of Medieval, Asian, Hudson River School landscapes, as well as found anonymous and folk art landscape paintings in the formats of drawing, painting and boxed construction. Specific images of painted land were referenced or appropriated for the purposes of symbolizing landscapes as vehicles for contemplation, transcendentalism, personal revelation and cultural reformation. However, they are all veiled, altered, marginalized, or “shaped” in some additional way.

Selected MFA and post-degree assemblages.

Selected BFA and post-degree assemblages.