The conceptual development for Art for a Silent Planet: Blaustein, Elder and Long was inspired by the Harwood Museum of Art's decision to serve as a spring 2014 venue for the internationally recognized traveling exhibition Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010.
The Harwood's Curatorial team saw this traveling exhibition as an opportunity to expose our local talent to a larger audience. And, so, three mid - career artists working and living in Northern New Mexico were invited to exhibit their most recent work in the Peter and Madeleine Martin Gallery while the Ken Price exhibition is exhibited in the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery.
As typically happens when fooling with the Art Gods, a pattern emerged. The recent work of Jonathan Blaustein, Nina Elder and Debbie Long all demonstrates a quiet heaving- or an aesthetic longing for recognition of our new landscape. This work demonstrates a new trend in how artists are "visually talking" about planet earth and regional landscapes. And these artists all visually submit a silent, objective, and dispassionate plea for environmental introspection.