Aerial Perspectives | Bay Area Gallery

Aerial Perspectives

August 15 - November 18, 2017

A traveling solo exhibition of work by Richard Parrish.

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Image: Madison Field 2, 2014. Kilnformed glass, 15 x 12 x 0.75 inches.

Richard Parrish draws from his experiences as an architect to develop his landscape-based works in kilnformed glass for Aerial Perspectives, a traveling exhibition previously mounted at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York.

“Informed by aerial photography, the panels provide a birds-eye view of the landscape,” explains Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collections at The Rockwell Museum. “Fields, rivers, and crop irrigation patterns are presented in an altered spatial context, while being preserved as recognizable components of the composition. By manipulating the expected vantage point, Parrish controls our engagement with the subject matter and causes us to view the shifting topography of America from a different perspective. Parrish’s work serves as a continuation of the rich American landscape tradition."

In the Madison Field series, naturally occurring formations are intersected and interrupted by rigid circular geometry of center-pivot irrigation. Erosion (2015) is comprised of three panels arranged vertically and shifts perspective between an aerial view and a cross-section of geological strata.

About the Artist
Richard Parrish maintains a studio for kilnformed glass and architecture in Bozeman, Montana. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow. He was awarded best artist in his category at the Western Design Conference Exhibition in 2008 and 2009. His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Review 27, and he was awarded the American Craft Council Award of Achievement in 2003. Parrish taught architecture and design at The University of Michigan and Montana State University. His artwork is in public and private collections in the United States and Europe.


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