Detail View: Environmental Futures: Selected works from the “departing landscapes” series (Herbert Pföstl); Balance (Amy Felder)

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Work Title (display): 
Selected works from the “departing landscapes” series (Herbert Pföstl); Balance (Amy Felder)
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installation view of works by Herbert Pföstl (shelves, wall, case) and Amy Felder (floor)
Work Description: 
Herbert Pföstl artist's statement: In his paintings on wood, Herbert Pföstl exposes our present blindness to rhythms of the natural world and vanishing abilities to sense our positionality. We are caught in monochromatic outages—whiteouts, blackouts, smoky hazes, storms—that obscure signs of life or even inanimacies that might once have steered us. Pföstl titles the series departed landscapes (2019-2020), which lends itself to imagining how we are left time-struck. Where are we and what are we without other species as reference, without larger landmarks like rivers, mountains, to fuse the strands of collective memories? // Amy Felder artist's statement: Overcrowding of natural areas is a problem of increasing importance in today’s world. According to the National Park Service, visitation to national parks reached a staggering 327.5 million visits in 2019, the fifth consecutive year where visits exceeded 300 million. As an ecologist, I have devoted myself to exploring the relationship between humans and nature as well as facilitating dialogue about human encroachment of public lands. My paintings span from untouched landscapes to those seen through screens and windshields; they create a space for viewers to analyze their own relationships with nature and often evoke a feeling of uncertainty at how to proceed in natural spaces. My merit and demerit badges reframe and modernize the traditional "Leave No Trace" ideals. Viewers may begin to question their role in nature and consider how social media “sharing” may be to the detriment of the natural places they are seeking to capture.
Work Dates (display): 
2019-2020 (Pföstl); 2020 (Felder)
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Work Creator (display): 
Herbert Pföstl (Austrian, born 1968)
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Work Creator notes (display): 
Artist's statement: Herbert Pföstl was born in Graz, Austria in 1968. Previously a curator and book buyer at the New Museum in New York, Pföstl is the co-author of To Die No More, and author of Light Issued Against Ruin and Schrift-Landschaften. His recent translation, A Shelter for Bells: From the Writings of Hans Jürgen von der Wense, was published by Epidote Press. A painter of plants, animals, and saints, Pföstl’s artworks are held in both public and private collections.
Work Creator (display): 
Amy Felder (American, active ca. 2003 to present)
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Work Creator notes (display): 
Artist's statement: Amy Felder was raised in South Carolina and is currently based in Fort Collins, CO. She earned her MA from University of Northern Colorado and her BA from College of Charleston. Spanning a breadth of mediums including paintings, wall hangings, installation work, and embroidery, her work reflects a contemporary experience of nature and struggle to preserve wilderness. Amy has recently shown work in multiple exhibitions including a solo show and was awarded Best in Show in the University of Northern Colorado’s Annual Student Exhibition.
Work Creator Multiple Roles (display): 
Artists: Amy Felder and Herbert Pföstl
Work Subject: 
Work Subject: 
landscapes (environments)
Work Subject: 
environment (earth sciences concept)
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Work Subject: 
lands (general areas)
Work Subject: 
social media
Work Subject: 
Co-Terminous (exhibition)
Work Worktype: 
oil paintings (visual works)
Work Worktype: 
installations (visual works)
Work Category (VRC classification): 
Work Category (VRC classification): 
sculptures and installations
Work Material and Technique (display): 
oil on wood and oil on canvas mounted on wood (Pföstl); acrylic on paper mâché, wood and newspaper (Felder)
Work Measurements (display): 
various dimensions
Work Location (Repository or Site) name: 
Union Hall (Denver, Colorado)
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Work Location (Geographic) name: 
Denver, Colorado
Image Rights (display): 
© Matthew Pevear
Work Rights (display): 
© Herbert Pföstl
Work Rights (display): 
© Amy Felder
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Holding Institution: 
University of Colorado Boulder
Art and Art History Visual Resources Center
Environmental Futures
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