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Inspired by Gary Snyder's The Etiquette of Freedom\, this ex hibition explores the way western culture typically thinks about and relate s to wildness. In so doing\, it also attempts to visualize an alternative m ore holistic relationship to the environment\, which\, for Snyder\, is the path to true freedom. Included works interrogate mythic constructs of subli me and abundant nature and critique how the landscape has been packaged and sold under the auspices of the American Dream. They also draw from the goo d humor\, simplicity\, and gratitude that Snyder finds in nature and believ es "brings us close to the actually existing world and its wholeness."

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Works by Mary Ann Kluth and Danielle Schlunegg er draw on the interpretive lens of Romantic landscape painting\, 18th and 19th century naturalist writings\, and the museum experience\, by interrogating the mythic narratives produced by such sources. Kluth's large ink-jet prints\, based on the writings of botanist William H. Brewer and t he exultant imagery encountered in Romantic Landscape painting\, incorporat e digital noise and fantastical digital elements that disrupt the narrative of sublime and abundant nature. Schlunegger introduces a fictional charact er - the naturalist\, Marcus Kelli - as if he were a real\, historic figure by borrowing the language and tropes of museum display. In Clare S zydlowski's Buy American series\, we see the way mythic imagery of the abundant landscape has been co-opted\, packaged and sold under the aus pices of the American dream.

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Videos from Karl Cronin's Somatic Natural History Archive record the artist echoing the movement of plants and trees whose wisdom he wants to record before it is lost. Cro nin has made hundreds of such videos\, archiving\, honoring and responding to the environment\, in search of a deeper appreciation and sense of interc onnectedness.

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Afton Love's large-scale drawing\, < em>Long Butte\, with its subtle and tactile natural forms\, evokes bot h absence and thunderous presence. The apparent fragility of her medium (tr acing paper dipped in wax)\, lends her work a quiet and meditative space\, while also addressing questions concerning preservation and the disappearan ce of our natural world.

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Finally\, Nathaniel Parsons presents a combination of paintings and carvings and a picnic table that people are invited to gather around and even carve. The combined imagery a nd objects playfully explore the way we access nature\, celebrating the las t remaining wild places\, while inviting us to think critically about the c onsequences of being a visitor.

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**Opening reception coincides with the Te mescal Neighborhood Fall Art Hop\, and there will be free live music as wel l as burgers and beer by Pizzaiolo in the alley where Interface Gallery is located!

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