Sawdust Mountain is the product of Eirik Johnson’s three-year project photographing Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, focusing on the tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources—logging and fishing—and the communities they support. Johnson’s exploration of the contemporary Pacific Northwest uncovers a landscape imbued with an uncertain future, no longer the region of boomtowns built upon riches of massive old-growth forests once chronicled by photographer Darius Kinsey. The environmental impact of the logging industry is often at odds with the modern ideal of a sustainable timber harvest. As the industry declines and mills shut down, the surrounding communities have adapted and turned to improvised means of support. Despite Johnson’s personal, artistic approach, the pictures serve the documentary missions of recording a specific time and place, a particular set of conditions endemic to the fraught relationship we have with the environment today, and how communities are affected by these historic economic complexities.
All works in this exhibition are archival pigment ink prints. Curated by Elizabeth A. Brown, former chief curator, Henry Art Galley. Sawdust Mountain is made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Turner Foundation, Inc. The exhibition Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain is supported by ArtsFund, PONCHO, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Patrons of the Henry Art Gallery.
The exhibition includes thirty-six photographs, twenty-seven at 24 x 30 inches and nine at 40 x 50 inches. The exhibition requires 142 running feet of wall space.
Photographs by Eirik Johnson
Essay by Tess Gallagher
Poem by David Guterson
11 x 11 in.
70 four-color images
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.
The exhibition is available through 2014.
Current Venue List:
- The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2012