Garden Studies

The Garden Study series is, in the spirit of Alexander Von Humboldt’s pioneering work, an effort to credit the forces, which have shaped our world. However, whereas Humboldt sought to explore the last horizons of the globe in an effort to make an “inventory of the world,”[1] I have endeavored to credit the development of human consciousness and bring that to bear on those who have cataloged global territory. The Garden Study series is part of my ongoing investigation of, creation mythology, natural history, cosmogony, the history of landscape painting and the relevance of land depiction in contemporary culture. They relate to a larger series of assemblage sculptures entitled Terra Reverentia, and are meant as a kind of compliment series.

 

Hacking

Paintings of land scenery are called landscapes. The root of the word is apt for this practice: lendh2- open land, heath, prairie; skep- to cut, scrape, to hack, form, creation (<“cutting”): shape. Aspects of this root definition deal with nature, creativity, change and alteration—“creation,” “shape,” “form” etc.—but not with the simple act of viewing or encountering natural vista and scenery. Apparently we are compelled to transform what we traverse.

Todd Bartel, Montpelier, August 2004


[1] Jean Clair, “Humboldt to Hubble,” Cosmos: From Romanticism to Avant-garde, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Prestel Verlag, New York, NY, 1999, p. 21

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Transcendentals

1997

Ink, shoe polish, gesso and water color on page from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 3 3/4”

[photo credit: Robert Puglisi]


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Terra Reverentia Study (Divine Consequence)

1995

Blood and plaka on end pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]


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Garden Study (Tree Rings)

1998

Ink, pencil, gesso and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]


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Garden Study (Path)

1998

Ink, gesso and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Eden)

1998

Blood, ink, gesso and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Early Maps)

1999

Ink, gesso, water color and negative sticker remnants on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Carriers and Messengers)

1999

Ink, gesso, water color, tempera and negative sticker remnants on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Tent)

1997 & 1999

Blood, ink, shoe polish, gesso and acrylic on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Distillation)

1999

Ink, gesso, water color, tempera, with glue wash, and negative sticker remnants on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Savant’s Leap)

1999

Ink, gesso, water color, tempera, shoe polish and pencil on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Gales and Gasses)

1999

Ink, gesso, acrylic, tempera, saliva, shoe polish, pencil and water color

on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Paradise for Nomads)

1999

Ink, gesso, acrylic, tempera and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Bonum, Unum)

1999

Blood, ink, gesso, wax, acrylic, saliva and water color on two pages from Ovid’s Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

[photo credit: John Hill]

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Garden Study (Continental Divide)

2000

Ink, gesso, shoe polish, tempera, acrylic, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 ¼

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Garden Study (Frontier)

2000

Ink, gesso, negative sticker remnants, carbon transfer, acrylic, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

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Garden Study (Mirage)

2000

Ink, gesso, shoe polish, acrylic, pencil and water color on two pages from Ovid’s Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4

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Garden Study (Lagoon)

2000

Ink, gesso, carbon transfer, acrylic, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Satellite)

1999 - 2001

Ink, gesso, negative sticker remnants and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

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Garden Study (Letterbox View)

1999 - 2001

Ink, gesso, clay, wood glue, gouache and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Reciprocating Pump)

1999 - 2001

Ink, gesso, carbon paper transfer and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Big Bang)

1999 - 2001

Ink, shoe polish, gesso, clay, plaka varnish and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Sol Subterraneus)

1990 + 2000-01

Ink, shoe polish, gesso, clay and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 5/8” x 6”

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Garden Study (Solar Wind)

2002

Ink, gesso, clay, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

5 3/4” x 7 1/4”

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Garden Study (Volcan Beginnings)

2002

Ink, tempera, Yes glue wash, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Black Forrest)

2002

Ink, tempera, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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Garden Study (Plateau)

1998 - 2008

Ink, tempera, and water color on two pages from Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

7 1/4” x 5 3/4”

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