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Dear Friends,

Seeing that there is only one day left in 2017, I thought I better get to writing my annual newsletter. I am excited to share with you a recap of some of the projects I was a part of in 2017.
Broken Ground: New Directions in Land Art

Last winter I was privileged to be part of a comprehensive exhibition of land-based art in the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University. The exhibition titled, Broken Ground: New Directions in Land Art was a phenomenal exhibition with works by Post Commodity Collective, Lucy Raven, Jenn Hart-Mann, Bill Gilbert and others. I was honored to have my work used for the cover image for the exhibition’s catalog, which includes essays by William Fox and Dan Torop. As part of the exhibition’s events, I was able to reunite with dear friends, Bill Gilbert (founder of the Land Arts of the American West program) and Jeff Beekman (exhibition Curator) for a lecture and discussion on place-based pedagogy.
 
Art Rally: Koumi, Japan

A highlight of the year was a residency and exhibition I participated in at the Koumi Machi Kogen Museum, a beautiful Tadao Ando building in Koumi, Japan. For the better part of June, myself and five other artists used the museum as a studio – making work for the museum walls and outdoor sites around Koumi. In addition to the work we created onsite, we brought work previously created in our home studios. The worked created in Koumi and the work shipped to the museum fused together to create a comprehensive exhibition, Art Rally: Koumi (a play on the stamp rally concept that is so popular in Japan). The drawings and viewfinders I created for this project are part of a body of work I call Floaters - a very personal reflection on the contradictions associated with the landscapes I spend so much time in.
 
As part of our time in Koumi, we worked with students in both the elementary and middle schools, and were featured in the newspaper and a regional television program. It was such a pleasure to dive deeply into a culture and a landscape that was so new to me.  
 
American Domain @ Museum of Capitalism

The Museum of Capitalism opened its doors in the summer of 2017. As the brainchild of FICTILIS, the museum looked reflectively at Capitalism as an institution of the past. Erin Elder, an amazing curator, brought together a wonderful group of artists for a special exhibition at the museum, titled American Domain, of which I was lucky to be a part. It was remarkable to be showing beside Bruce Nauman, Chip Thomas, Dread Scott, Futurefarmers and so many other amazing artists. 
 
David Brooks - Case Study: Weld County

I got my own taste of the curatorial, as I took on the roll of curator for an exhibition by David Brooks at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Case Study: Weld County.  David came out to Colorado in 2016 as a guest of my Art and Environment class. Over the course of the following year, David worked to create an installation that reflected on his experience touring the hydro-fracking operations in Weld County. The exhibition was haunting and timely, as Weld County continues to see oil and gas spills, house fires and air quality issues. 

 
Alongside these projects, I continue to exhibit at Robischon Gallery. Many wonderful opportunities have arisen from my relationship with such an amazing team of gallerists. I am also in my final year as a Fellow of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and, I continue to work with the Artnauts collective – exhibiting in Palestine, Colombia and venues around the U.S.

 

Well, that about wraps up 2017!

Thanks for taking the time to read this long winded, once a year letter. If you’d like to see more work of mine, or to stay up to date on exhibitions and studio news please visit my newly designed website (thanks Silvia Minguzzi!).
 
Take care and here’s to an amazing 2018!

Copyright © 2017 Erika Osborne - Artist, All rights reserved.


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