EDWARD BATEMAN & HADLEY RAMPTON
LYDIA GRAVIS in the Dibble Gallery
Edward Bateman is an associate professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah, where he is the head of the Photography and Digital Imaging area. His work has been exhibited internationally in over 25 countries, and is in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The China Printmaking Museum, among others. He has twice been short-listed for the Lumen Prize which The Guardian Culture Blog describes as “the world’s pre-eminent digital art prize.”
"Mountains and nature have long been places of peace and refuge," Bateman muses. “On my kitchen table, I have been capturing the grandeur of Yosemite National Park, immortalized by photographers from Carleton Watkins to Ansel Adams. Using geographical data from the internet, I use my 3D printer to try to capture something of the sublime in bits of plastic. With clouds from a small fog machine, I create atmospheric perspective. I will continue to explore this imaginary landscape.”
Hadley Rampton earned an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing with a Minor in Art History from the University of Utah in 1999. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Intermountain West, she paints plein air in oil, often abstracting the view before her and/or focusing on a detail, like a tree against the sky.
“My paintings are a direct response to the environment and my existence in it,” she observes. Her loose palette-knife landscapes take our aspen forests and redrock country to new dimensions. With quick fluid strokes she is able to capture the spirit of the trees, the colors of our canyons and a little bit of je ne sais quoi.
Rampton also will display her street scenes carefully drawn from her cache of photos taken while traveling during the past two decades. “It has been my practice to explore a new area of the world every year or two, recording my impressions and discoveries in watercolor and ink. During the quarantine shutdown, I revisited photos of my adventures, delighting in the details of not only the place, but of my life at the time, as if I had reopened a journal shelved for many years.”
Lydia Gravis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and drawing from Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, in 2003 and her Master of Fine Arts in visual art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2013. She has been Gallery Director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University since 2014.
“Mark-making is an empathic activity for me, a way to connect to the world around and within. It's also a radical act of sanity, imperative as I navigate the overwhelming nature of our contemporary world. I create colonies of marks and lines, and in my mind they become personified and assume individual behaviors. Can I re-write troubling human narratives with them? Can I make them cooperate? ...I eventually relinquish my initial intention of control, get lost in an intuitive process, and come to realize that after all, a drawing inspired by the world doesn’t have to resemble it. ...Ultimately driven by a desire for engagement, and sustained by the meditative act of making, I hope to pass on a sense of wonder and resonance to those who view my work.”
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