Opening Reception: Courtney Blazon, “Year Without A Summer”

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Missoula, Montana-based artist, Courtney Blazon’s latest body of work “Year Without a Summer” references fields of science, history, cultural studies, myths and fairy tales.

Location: The Center Theater Gallery
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
265 S Cache Street
Jackson, Wyoming

Contact: Anne Bradley

Courtney Blazon's "Year Without a Summer"  will be on view from Tuesday, Oct 10 through Sunday, November 12. The artist talk will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 12-1pm with an openingo reception on Friday, October 13 from 5:30-7pm at The Center Theater Gallery. 

Artist Statement: In 1815, the Volcano Tambora erupted on Sumbawa in Indonesia, the 3rd largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. Aside from causing total devastation in the surrounding area, this eruption had global repercussions as volcanic gasses caused a worldwide aerosol cloud that clogged up the sky– in the year that followed, climate anomalies were recorded around the world. This eruption gave rise to a host of events, from the horrific and tragic to the literary and cultural. These drawings link together the far-reaching effects of the eruption and demonstrate the global impact of this singular event, as well as making a connection to our current man-made climate state. Artist Bio: Courtney Blazon’s pen and marker drawings reference fields of science, history, cultural studies, myths and fairy tales. Her images take us someplace between the known world and dreamscape, a surreal marriage of naturalism and fantasy. The results can be simultaneously whimsical and grotesque, witty as well as disturbing. The tension of these unions suggests our own struggle to achieve balance in a chaotic world.

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