Terry Evans “Ancient Prairies”

Yancey Richardson Gallery

poster for Terry Evans “Ancient Prairies”
[Image: Terry Evans "Willow Tree, September" (2020) Archival pigment print, 40 x 46 in.]

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Yancey Richardson presents Ancient Prairies, an exhibition of new photographs by Chicago-based artist Terry Evans. Marking her fourth exhibition at the gallery, Evans expands on her decades-long connection with the prairie as the spiritual center of her work. Through the creation of photographic mosaics of these ecosystems, Evans explores the complexity of the prairie landscape, the element of time in landscape photography and the delicate relationship between nature and humankind.

Since 1978, Evans’s work has been shaped by her inquiry and exploration of the American prairie. From detailed ground-level studies of intricate botanical life to aerial photographs in her series Inhabited Prairie, Evans’s investigations reveal the contradictions, mysteries and beauty of this seemingly mute landscape. The series Ancient Prairies focuses on restored prairies that endure due to human care. Each image comprises dozens of individual photographs of the same site, taken over many days from different perspectives and across varying weather conditions. The resulting images are dynamic studies of place and time, imbued with a Cubist-like sense of visual connections and interruptions, and ultimately forming a cohesive whole conveying the artist’s deeply personal experience of a particular place.

In Prairie Specimens, Evans’s photographs of the century-old botanical specimens held in the archives of the Field Museum, Chicago and the Smithsonian Museum address man’s attempt to understand the natural world through the act of collecting, archiving, cataloguing and studying its inhabitants. The carefully arranged and documented botanical specimens relay the archivist’s passion for the objects while the labels’ calligraphic script and typed notations reveal the passage of time. Evans presents the objects with the utmost clarity, conveying a tactile and physical quality that echoes the care and intense scrutiny given these specimens by the original collectors and the scientists who have subsequently studied them.



from January 14, 2021 to February 20, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-01-14 from 17:00 to 20:00


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