Kittredge Gallery at University of Puget Sound is now featuring two new exhibits, each examining the relationship between humanity and the environment.
“The two shows may appear distant, as the artists are hundreds of years apart on opposite sides of the globe, but both examine how we see the world around us and how we think about it,” said Kittredge Gallery Manager Peter Stanley.
In “Above, Below, and Beyond,” Kathy Gore Fuss presents a collection of paintings, drawings and photographs that explore the disconnect between our idealized conceptions of nature and the actual land around us.
“Perspectives are changing; we no longer look over our fence into our neighbor’s yard, we Google it. … A drone equipped with a GoPro camera is now part of my observational toolkit,” says Gore Fuss.
“Kathy’s artwork looks at the way that changing viewpoints in a very literal way can help us see our collective issues and find solutions for them,” adds Stanley.
Curated by Puget Sound students Sandra Brandon (class of ’19), Lee Nelson (class of ’19), and Sarah Laurie Johnson (class of ’19), the second show is titled “Traversing the Urban Landscape Through the Floating World of Japanese Prints.” Featuring a selection of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints by artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), the show illustrates the role of cities and surroundings in people’s lives.
The exhibition “reveals how depicting the ‘urban landscape’ for the burgeoning middle class was revolutionary, and how that revolution and the artist’s style ricocheted around the world up to the present day,” says Johnson.
The exhibition will be the first time Puget Sound’s Hiroshige prints have been on display in Kittredge Gallery since they were donated by Magdalena Maher Shelton to the university in 1999.
“Traversing the Urban Landscape Through the Floating World of Japanese Prints” shows through April 20 with a curator’s talk on April 10 at 5 p.m. “Above, Below, Beyond” is also on view until April 20.