Artwork by Quintin Owens
Now – June 30, 2023
Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery
I am reflecting on Look Out Mountain, Crow Peak, Spearfish Mountain, Bear Butte and Terry Peak as objects of wonder. Each location is represented by its seven highest topographic lines utilizing topographical contour maps and satellite elevation data produced by NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour. How can I know a place that I’ve admired from a distance, that I’ve explored up close and that I’ve witnessed change in appearance minute by minute? Measuring is an act of abstraction. By turning to the language of maps and data to create form, I am joining a long history of constructing and distorting place and scale. The work is an effort to traverse between documentation of place and everchanging encounters of immediate experience.
Quintin Owens is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Black Hills State University, Spearfish. He received a Master of Fine Arts from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis. Owens has a special interest in digital fabrication processes that connect ceramics with 2D and 3D art production.