The Slyvan Screen

Featuring Richard Barlow & Regan Golden

Date Friday, February 12
through Sunday, March 28, 2010
Location Johnson Gallery

Event Description

The Sylvan Screen brings together artists Richard Barlow and Regan Golden, who explore landscape through drawing, installation, and altered photographs.

From his Covers series, Richard Barlow translates the imagery from landscape photographs into intricate, multi-layered silver leaf drawings on vellum. By simplifying the imagery and removing the original context, he investigates the ways in which meaning is produced through landscape as well as putting us in touch with our desire to find meaning in them. Barlow says of the project, “When viewing the natural world and its representations, there is a seductive tendency to assume that the meanings we ascribe to it are themselves natural. These meanings are arbitrary, ephemeral, and dependent on context, but the desire to render them universal is powerful.” Barlow is a painter and musician living in Minneapolis, a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College, and an adjunct professor at St Cloud State University and the College of Visual Art.

Regan Golden’s large-scale color photographs are a documentation of thirty acres of woods in Western Massachusetts soon to be transformed into a subdivision. She alters each photograph by cutting into the surface with an X-Acto knife, defining the contours of each plant and tree creating a physical representation of this changing landscape. Golden says, “Over time, the partially cut photographs begin to slowly fall apart, mirroring the destruction of the woods. I am trying to open up new ways of thinking about our relationship to wilderness just at or before its end." Golden has her M.F.A. in painting and drawing and has received widespread national recognition for her work. She recently received a yearlong fellowship for emerging artists and writers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The exhibition will include a conversation with the artists and an essay by Jane Blocker, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota.

Show Events

Artists in Conversation with Jane Blocker
February 26
6 p.m.
Opening reception in The Underground, Brushaber Commons


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art