Wow, 2014 was a wild ride filled with all kinds of extremes.
After creating Wild Times, a project that produced multiple, simultaneous, cumulative exhibitions across the West Coast – including 3D printing, photography, Instagram projections, and a host of satellite programming, all while successfully completing a 2,680 mile Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. I can say, I’m a little tuckered out!
Before the year draws to a close however, I want to take a moment to give special end-of-the-year shout-outs to my Wild Times friends and family. In particular, I want to thank John Spiak at Grand Central Art Center; Mara Gladstone at Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert; Margaret Bullock at Tacoma Art Museum; Whitney Ford-Terry at The Henry Art Gallery; and Clive Lissaman at The Frye Museum of Art. Thank you for giving wildness a home for the summer! I’d also like to give a deep bow to my tireless assistants: Jordan Howland, Karina Nyquist, Tivon Rice, Rhianon England, Eric Olson, Nicole Wiggins. You are beyond compare!
I’ve always understood my art practice as an investigation – I query materials, place, and concepts looking for knowledge. Rather than providing much in the way of answers, Wild Times created a mountain of questions – something I find both exhilarating and daunting. I’m looking forward to climbing this mountain in 2015.
I wish you all the best as you climb your own mountains in the coming new year.
With Warmth, Susan
p.s. While most of the Wild Times exhibitions ended when I finished my hike, you can still catch a bit of it at Tacoma Art Museum. Rock Collection (For Richard Long) – the cumulative 3D printed rock sculpture I beamed back throughout my hike – will be on view as part of Northwest in the West: Exploring Our Roots until Fall of 2015.