Friday, December 4th, 2009 to Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Frontier is a solo exhibition of recent work by Louisiana based artist Jeremiah Ariaz. It opens at UCP’s la Esquina, 1000 West 25th Street, with a reception on December 4, 2009, 6-9pm, and remains on view through January 7, 2010.

Frontier, which was filmed in rural Kansas. Shot by three cameras aligned side by side, the piece presents a panoramic view of open sky and prairie, amidst which the artist attempts to “run West” for a duration of 24 hours.  As one quickly realizes that the figure, dressed in blue jeans and cowboy hat, is making no progress but rather running in place, the work becomes both a quiet meditation on the land and a portrait of unfulfilled desire.  The adventure-seeking, possibility-laden American call of “go West young man” is here answered with futility and exhaustion, with the outcome of his action being a scar carved in the earth. The show also features Shadow Root, an installation of drawings, color photographs (presented as slide projections), and sculpture that considers the Santa Fe trail, the people who traveled it, and the larger ideas that it represented.

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For photos of the event, check out our flickr.

Event Details

December 4th, 2009 to January 7th, 2010


La Esquina (1000 West St. Kansas City, MO 64108)

Artist Talk
Friday, December 4th at 6 PM

About the artist:

Jeremiah Ariaz received his MFA in photography from University of New York at Buffalo in 2005, and his BFA in printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute in 1999. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including Good Children Gallery, New Orleans; Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario; Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY; and UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, as well as in group exhibitions including “Earthly Objects” at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA; “Environs/Examined” at Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans, LA; “IRevealer” at Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta , GA; “Our Environment: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly” at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, and “Vision/Revision” at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, among many others, including several groups shows at the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City. Ariaz currently teaches at Louisiana State University, where he is Assistant Professor of Art

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