Henry Art Gallery

University of Washington

Visit: 

15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195
(206)543-2280

Hours: 

11-4: Wed
11-9: Thu, Fri
11-4: Sat, Sun
Closed: Mon, Tue

Nav:

Exhibitions:

Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain

North Galleries

October 24, 2009January 31, 2010


Image 1 / 8: Eirik Johnson. Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington.

Image 2 / 8: Eirik Johnson. Mill, Aberdeen, Washington.

Image 3 / 8: Eirik Johnson. Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington.

Image 4 / 8: Eirik Johnson. Cindy, Nemah River hatchery, Washington.

Image 5 / 8: Eirik Johnson. Elwha River Dam, Washington.

Image 6 / 8: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view).

Image 7 / 8: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view).

Image 8 / 8: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view).

The subject of Eirik Johnson’s photographic series Sawdust Mountain is a natural environment altered and marked by humankind. This Northwest photographer explores 19th-century myths about a powerful and romantic West full of promise and bountiful assets, myths that are now replaced by 21st-century ecological concerns arising from the toll taken by natural-resource-based industries. Along the way a rural population has found itself cast adrift. Sawdust Mountain encompasses not only fisherman and hatchery specialists, lumber workers, and reforestation projects, but also the disenfranchised: abandoned buildings and vehicles, makeshift stores only one step above yard sales. Throughout Sawdust Mountain Johnson touches back to the epic scale and sublime beauty of Carleton Watkins’s photographs, some of the earliest known images of the region. The Henry Art Gallery will present a selection of works from Johnson’s Sawdust Mountain series, accompanied by 19th-century photographs from the University of Washington Special Collections by photographers such as Darius Kinsey.

Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain is curated for the Henry by Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown. This exhibition is supported by ArtsFund, PONCHO, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Patrons of the Henry Art Gallery
Featured artists: Eirik Johnson
Image 1: Eirik Johnson. Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington. 2007. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist, G. Gibson Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Image 2: Eirik Johnson. Mill, Aberdeen, Washington. 2007. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist, G. Gibson Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Image 3: Eirik Johnson. Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington. 2007. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist, G. Gibson Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Image 4: Eirik Johnson. Cindy, Nemah River hatchery, Washington. 2007. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist, G. Gibson Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Image 5: Eirik Johnson. Elwha River Dam, Washington. 2007. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist, G. Gibson Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Image 6: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view). 2009 - 2010. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol
Image 7: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view). 2009 - 2010. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol
Image 8: Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. (installation view). 2009 - 2010. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol