Fire in the Mountains, Jackson Hole, WY
June 30, 2018
This outdoor exhibition, curated by Andy Kincaid and Thomas Macker, took place in Jackson Hole, WY, alongside Fire in the Mountains - an annual heavy metal music festival located just outside of Grand Teton National Park. “The premise of the exhibition replicates depositories used by governmental agencies: the Pine Beetle-repellent pheromone packets or coyote cyanide m44 bomb. The pheromone packets are used to protect pine forests here in the Rocky Mountain region. Each packet was stapled to the bark of a tree and mimiced the beetle's own pheromone of telling other beetles to avoid infesting them. The m44 coyote bomb is used to mitigate animal population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. These models of environmental intervention were the loose point of departure for considering the content of the works in this exhibition.
Artwork was displayed in a clear plastic biodegradable 11" H X 8 W" bag, which was stapled to a tree, creating an outdoor exhibition space set within the site of the festival.”
Hematite 2018, color pencil drawing on paper, and a piece of hematite. 10" H X 7" W. Hematite is an important ore of iron, and a heavy metal found in rock formations of the Tetons. It has healing properties, and can remove negative energy.