“You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.”
ARTprojectA is situated in the classic mountain ski town of Ketchum, Idaho. Adjacent to Ketchum is the world famous Sun Valley Resort and Bald “Baldy” Mountain, where the serious downhill skiing happens, dominates any westerly view. We’re surrounded by mountains, rivers, trees, and wildlife. The natural world serves as an intriguing back drop to the recently opened exhibition, “Urban Lifecycles”, February 17-April 13, 2012, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum. You can’t help being captivated by the juxtaposition of the organic exterior environment and the exhibition inside which focuses on cities as really living, breathing organisms.
The SVCA maintains that cities are complex systems that shrink and expand, sometimes thriving, sometimes declining or even dying. The show examines how they are susceptible to the same kinds of threats as natural ecosystems; their topographies and borders vulnerable to the effects of war, economic development (and decline) and shifts in population and demographics. Cities also respond to the effects of forces like crime and gentrification.
The SVCA explains that the Ketchum exhibition features work by artists using a variety of media to explore ideas about urban growth, sprawl, decay and revitalization in cities in the U.S. and around the world, from Detroit and Utica to Berlin, Havana and Yokohama. The exhibition also includes an installation by Boise-based artist Amanda Hamilton exploring the history of Ketchum and the cycles it has gone through over the last hundred and fifty years.
The arts community in the Sun Valley area is thriving and ARTprojectA is proud to represent several Idaho artists, Kirk Anderson, Lisa Holley, Kary Kjesbo, Kathryn McNeal, and soon, Kim Howard. Don’t forget to subscribe to News & Offers and receive advance notice of sales, newly added ART, and more!