Cost: $4/adults, $3/students
Fort Collins Museum of Art
Event Location: Ft Collins Museum of Art
Event Website: http://www.ftcma.org/exhibiton.php
Ticket Website: http://www.ftcma.org
Ticket Phone: 9704822787
Recent news reports reveal that things on earth are melting. From the East Antarctic ice sheet to glaciers in Switzerland to the famed snows of Kilimanjaro, we are witnessing one of the earth’s great thaws. Like many of earth’s processes, most changes to its bodies of snow and ice are slow, with tiny incremental losses and gains occurring so gradually that we hardly notice them until we see the dramatic before and after photographs. Sometimes, however, we are lucky enough to witness the breathtaking---a glacier calving or an avalanche descending a steep slope—and we are left with a sense of awe and wonder at nature’s sublimity.
Nature’s transformations—both seen and unseen-- are vividly re-enacted in Marlene Tseng Yu’s paintings. Yu confronts and examines nature’s processes with the tenacity and patience of a scientist and, like a scientist, she appreciates that all of nature is ultimately an abstraction. The whole of a Yu painting is made up of thousands of intensely-felt abstract details each of which has no meaning outside the context of that whole. And Yu shares with many of the great nature painters—from Bierstadt to Rothko—an understanding that the whole must ultimately be more than the sum of those detailed parts. Yu is the rare painter who successfully contemplates nature’s modest, micro processes as well as its cataclysmic, macro events.
Nowhere is Yu more successful in expressing the sublime aspects of nature’s forming and reforming, loss and accumulation than in the three series that are the subject of this exhibition: “Glacier Melting” (1965-2012), “Glacier Garden” (1965-2007) and “Avalanche” (1968-2009). In these series, Yu traces the course of snow and ice in a way that not only reveals their inner structures, but also announces their dramatic interaction with oceans, mountains and landscape. Yu captures the intimacy of a melting drop of snow as well as the power of an avalanche.
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students/seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 6-17. Admission is free to museum members.