Today at the Art Depot

Sunday, March 29

CANCELED Open Studio Figure Drawing at the Arts Guild
Jan-May 2020 Second Saturday
10am to 12 pm

Jerry Rankin: Golden Sunlight

February 1- March 30, 2020

Artist Reception: Friday, February 7, 2020 from 5-7 p.m.

Rankin is one of Montana’s most significant living artists. He was mentored by two great artists in Montana’s early Modernists art movement, Rudy Autio and Robert DeWeese. During the course of his decades-long career as an artist, he was also an art teacher in Great Falls, Montana and professor in Alaska. Endless curiosity led Rankin to develop a distinct visual language and investigations of the natural world.

Rankin’s images are meditations on the land. He states, “In 2015, I began a series of drawings, which I developed into prints exploring the expansion of the Golden Sunlight mine near Whitehall, Montana. After attending the Lucy Lippard lecture on the effects of mining on landscape and the environment at Missoula Art Museum [in 2017] I recognized that there was an audience in Montana for this information. Within each block or panel of the exhibit, I’ve illustrated the progressive vandalized and irreparable landscape, the increasingly toxic waste pond lake, and the chewing and tearing at the seams of the earth caused by rock removal; the devastation occurring without consequence, without imagination.”

Using color and line as symbols in his prints Rankin says, “The increasing network of lines throughout might represent an EKG map of the circulation system of the mountain. The work is another response to the dangers that Montana’s industrial climate poses to the entire range of ecological systems.”

This traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association and supported in part by grants from the Montana Arts Council, the Coal Tax Trust Fund for Cultural and Aesthetic Projects, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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