ART-OnSite/Tribute Trail announces artists for 1st installation |

ART-OnSite/Tribute Trail announces artists for 1st installation

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Organizers of the ART OnSite/Tribute Trail project have announced the selection of 10 artists who will produce seven original artworks to be installed along Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail in September.

The artists were selected by a three-person jury of regional arts professionals, including William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; Renny Pritikin Sr., adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; and Kathryn Reasoner, executive director of the diRosa Art Institute in Napa.

“We were given criteria that I think are very basic, which is: Does this artist work in materials that will lend themselves to the outdoors; does this artist have experience responding to a site with materials that will survive the elements and works that will help expand the visitor’s awareness while they’re on the site?” said Reasoner.

The 10 artists, all from California, represent a range of mediums from photography, sculpture, site-specific large and small installations and conceptual art.

“As a photographer, I begin projects not with the images in mind but with a concept that the images would endeavor to illuminate.”

— Richard Baker,
Nevada City

All are nationally and internationally recognized artists who will bring a variety of experiences and artworks that will form this engaging exhibition.

The artists selected are: Nevada City’s Richard Baker, photographer and architect; Mark Baugh-Sasaki, photographer and sculptor from San Francisco; Lisa Blatt, photographer from San Francisco; Mark Brest Van Kempen, sculptor from Oakland; Daniel Brickman, sculptor from Sacramento; Paolo Salvagione and Jenny Berry, conceptual artists from Sausalito; and Unmanned Minerals, an art collective formed by Matthew Hebert (conceptual artist), Jared Stanley (writer) and Gabie Strong (videographer), all from San Diego.

In their applications to the ART OnSite project, the artists were asked to provide statements about their work and philosophy, which helped inform the jurors’ decisions.

Richard Baker: “I create works that are conceptual in nature and material. As a photographer, I begin projects not with the images in mind but with a concept that the images would endeavor to illuminate.”

Mark Baugh-Sasaki: “My sculptures and installations use a combination of industrial and natural materials and processes to create fantastical objects that are inhabitants of or illustrate the evolving systems and interactions that are emerging from this new setting.”

Lisa Blatt: “I examine how landscape may be defined by what is not visible, what is memory or what is trace (historical events with no remaining visible evidence like contrails from stealth planes) using photo, video, sculpture, performance and projections into landscape.”

Mark Brest Van Kempen: “I create art using a place as the actual material for creating sculpture. The work grows out of both land art that uses the physical materials of a site to create large-scale sculpture, as well as performance art that focuses on processes and actions.

“My work uses both the physicality of a site as well as the processes and activities associated with a site.”

Daniel Brickman: “I experiment with materials and how the interaction communicates ideas that arise through or during the process, providing the framework of form and content in his artistic concerns.”

Jennifer Berry: “My art builds bridges between nature and the built environment and my structural work is an extension of my desire to collaborate with nature.”

Paolo Salvagione: “My work originates as experiments — explorations of volume, space, color and form, and as attempts to make the most of nontraditional materials.”

Unmanned Minerals Art Collective: “Our goal is to create an embodied “walking poem” that considers the impact humans have had on the watersheds of California.”

Art-OnSite/Tribute Trail is a project of The Sierra Fund, a nonprofit community foundation dedicated to the restoration, preservation and protection of the Sierra Nevada.

The project, a partnership of Nevada County Arts and the city of Nevada City, is partially funded by a $25,000 grant from the NEA Our Town program, which invests in creative and innovative projects in communities.

For information or to make a contribution to ART-On
Site/Tribute, visit

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