Nathaniel Stern: Giverny of the Midwest 

June 13–September 6, 2015 Past Exhibitions
Image for Image for Nathaniel Stern, Giverny of the Midwest, Digital print installation, 2011, Lent by the Tory Folliard GalleryNathaniel Stern, Giverny of the Midwest, Digital print installation, 2011, Lent by the Tory Folliard Gallery

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Giverny of the Midwest is a panoramic installation of nearly 100 performative prints, rendering water, lilies, leaves and other organic forms into lush and rippling images. The source materials were scanned during a week-long camping trip next to a lily pond in South Bend, Indiana, and digitally edited over the course of nearly two years. The piece explicitly cites Monet’s large-scale painting and installation, Water Lilies (1914-1926), at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

At over 250 square feet, Giverny of the Midwest is similarly immersive and mimics the patterns of light and color in Monet’s panorama. But Giverny of the Midwest’s multiple panels move between proximity and distance, and are divided into differently sized and shaped prints on watercolor paper, each evenly spaced apart. The resulting tensions between flow and geometry, life and modularity, place it in further dialogue with other aspects of modern and contemporary art, and simultaneously activate the possibilities of working across digital and traditional forms. This is the debut of Giverny of the Midwest in the United States.

Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee, and an Associate Professor of Art and Design in Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a Research Associate at the Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.