Art on Hulfish | Traces on the Landscape

Kelli Connell (born 1974, Oklahoma City, OK; active Chicago, IL), Betsy, Lake Ediza, 2016, printed 2023. Exhibition copy: inkjet print; 101.6 × 127 cm (frame). Courtesy of the artist. © Kelli Connell

Traces on the Landscape is a multi-sensory exploration of the ways in which contemporary artists depict the natural world. Featuring works by Kelli Connell, Dionne Lee, Leah Dyjak, Emmet Gowin, Deborah Jack, Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe, and Xing Danwen, the exhibition considers the connotations of a “trace” as a motivating principle of photographic practice through which artists engage questions about the body, identity, and memory from both personal and historical perspectives. Some photographers in the exhibition consider the ecological and historical legacies of natural resources, including salt, water, and gold. They examine questions of almost incomprehensible scale: How do human choices affect complex ecosystems or irrevocably change the natural environment? Others create new possibilities for old photographic technologies or afterlives for images included in land surveys, nature manuals, and postcards from an earlier era. Many of the artists presented retread paths forged by earlier generations of photographers, reenvisioning and reframing the journeys of their predecessors through the lens of a camera. Together, these artists redefine our relationship to the landscapes we inhabit.

Curated by Beth Gollnick, Curatorial Associate

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; and Palmer Square Management.  

Virtual exhibition tours are made possible through a partnership with MASK Consortium and a Humanities Council Magic Grant.

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