Coping with the Landscape: Ryan Parker

Ryan,Parker_PosterThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the Master of Fine Art’s thesis exhibition of Ryan Keith Parker, Coping with the Landscape. The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, April 9th- April 13th, 2018 from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Parkers’ thesis defense will take place April 9th at 11 am – 12pm in the gallery. There will be a reception for Coping with the Landscape on Thursday April 12th 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public. 

Coping with the Landscape refers to Parker’s fear of the state of the contemporary landscape– fear generated by the loss of humanity in the land that supports the movement of capital first, and the needs of the locality second. To cope, this series of photographs follows the intermediate zone, which crosses the borders of infrastructure space and domestic space, searching for a path through the land which is not prescribed. Illuminated by billboards and street lights, a plague of winter snow captures the turbulence felt by the occupants of the land, struggling to cope with the instability of this human-made landscape.
Parker received his BFA at University of Wyoming at Laramie in 2014 and has exhibited regionally and nationally during the last decade. Recently, he was invited to work collaboratively with photographer’s artists across the country in Overshadowed, a slow-motion time-lapse project recording the 2017 solar eclipse. Along with exhibitions, his work has been published in multiple magazines including an upcoming selection by Subjectively Objective and Float Photo Magazine for a joint venture entitled The Vernacular of Landscape.
The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.

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