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Landscape Forever

curated by Dion Ogust

Presented in collaboration with the Woodstock Land Conservancy.

January 9 – February 28, 2010

 

Human beings need nature.



We enter the woods, the mountains, the shadows, and streams, leaving behind the noise of our constructed worlds, the chatter of our minds. Here, something else rules. The terrain, the wildlife, the mosquitoes, snakes, and bears – here, we are the visitors. The natural world reveals the fact that we are part of something else. In all its profusion, nature shows us to ourselves.

Human beings need art.

Art is the expression of our uniquely human vision, our beauty and grace, our ugliness and discomfort, our confusion and our insight. We may shock one another, or we may profoundly encourage one another. Either way, we are communicating our deepest secrets. In all its profusion, art shows us to ourselves.

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In Woodstock, these two human needs are intertwined. Here, we are surrounded both by the mountains and by a history of respect for art and the creative imagination. Two of the vital organizations working to support and protect these precious resources are the Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

A few years ago it struck me that these two groups could expand and enhance their efforts by bringing the resources of the CPW to help document, describe, and exhibit the rich environments WLC works to save. Ten photographers who live and work in our region were invited to spend time photographing various landscapes – open fields, rocky terrains, meandering streams, lush forests, and more – all sites which are now protected through the efforts of the Conservancy.

Over a period of four seasons in 2009, these artists have responded to the settings with their own individual inquiries and techniques. Some are cerebral in their approach, while others are purely visual. Each eye sees a different story, reveals different layers. Their work has developed over the past year, just as the terrain itself has changed throughout the seasons.

During an especially shaky and unsettling time in the world at large, we can see very clearly how much we need to work together. This project has helped CPW and WLC reach out to groups within the community including children from the Woodstock Elementary School.  For their part, the artists spoke of finding themselves anchored in the sanctuary of the natural world, looking closely, paying attention, and returning with a message locked in a little box we call a camera.

In looking at the landscape, we all have different points of view. Our varied interpretations are not a problem, they’re a gift, enhancing life for all of us.

– Dion Ogust, 2009

Manhattan-born visual artist  Dion Ogust moved to Woodstock in 1988, bringing with her a wealth of experience in animation, film, and photography. In the ensuing two decades, she has become a sought-after freelance photographer and photojournalist, establishing her own studio in the historic arts colony.

Critically acclaimed for her portraiture, Ogust specializes in creating images of writers, musicians and actors, as well as families. Her work has appeared on numerous book and CD covers and her video commissions have been featured on websites, on television and in a variety of public presentations and venues. Ogust’s award-winning photography has appeared in international and regional publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Acoustic Guitar, Hudson Valley Magazine, House, and the Woodstock Times. 

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Photography at Woodstock from 2001-2007 and she participates in the Onteora High School’s Student Mentor Program.

This project marks her first curatorial endeavor.

The Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) is committed to the permanent protection and preservation of open lands, natural resources, scenic areas, and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding eastern Catskills.

We believe that it is the places we love most that bring us together as a community, and that everyone benefits from conservation of the forests, fields, wetlands, and streams that keep the air and water clean, support farming, logging, and tourism, and are home to diverse wildlife.

WLC works with landowners who want to protect and determine the future use of their land. By offering alternatives to selling land for development that both respect private pro perty rights and can provide substantial tax benefits and financial advantages, we support the needs of landowners and local communities while protecting natural resources.  WLC often collaborates with other conservation groups, businesses, and local and state agencies to achieve our goals.  

This exhibition was made possible in part by funds from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by the Dutchess County Arts Council. 

Additional funds have been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Manhattan-born visual artist Dion Ogust moved to Woodstock in 1988, bringing with her a wealth of experience in animation, film, and photography. In the ensuing two decades, she has become a sought-after freelance photographer and photojournalist, establishing her own studio in the historic arts colony.

Critically acclaimed for her portraiture, Ogust specializes in creating images of writers, musicians and actors, as well as families. Her work has appeared on numerous book and CD covers and her video commissions have been featured on websites, on television and in a variety of public presentations and venues. Ogust’s award-winning photography has appeared in international and regional publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Acoustic Guitar, Hudson Valley Magazine, House, and the Woodstock Times.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Photography at Woodstock from 2001-2007 and she participates in the Onteora High School’s Student Mentor Program.

This project marks her first curatorial endeavor.

 

Landscape Forever, Dion Ogust, January 9 - February 28, 2010Richard Eldeman

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