Erratic Landscapes: New Works by Artemis Herber

Runs through June 3, 2018

Using recycled cardboard—the material used for packing and shipping that is so omnipresent in our consumer society—German-born and Baltimore-based artist Artemis Herber creates intense collaged paintings that explore the complicated interconnections between human beings and the land. In her deep and wide-ranging research, Herber gathers ideas from multiple fields, including philosophy, archeology, economics and architecture.

Of critical interest to Herber is an investigation of deep time and human impact through the lens of the Anthropocene, which refers to the relatively short period beginning when human activities first started to affect the earth’s ecosystem.

Working with a three-point framework that includes land use, time and global positioning, Herber’s large-scale land and cityscapes employ expressive and energetic drawing and painting techniques and a self-invented torn and cut collage process including both construction and disintegration.

Due to their size and dynamic nature, the works create around them an experiential atmosphere, allowing viewers to feel as well as see the ideas Herber is grappling with. While asking the big questions—what characterizes the entanglement between human beings and nature, and what impact does our presence on this earth create—Herber makes art that is equally impactful aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Artemis Herber, "Polyphemus: After Casting Rocks," mixed media on cardboard, 2018
Artemis Herber