#wyoming
 
I spent the summer of 2018 living in a log cabin in Thayne, Wyoming. I gathered my first impressions and documented all those wild animals and open spaces by painting 8in x 8in wood panels in the contemporary visual language of Instagram. I mixed in some threads from my previous paintings and the tumultuous politics of the summer of 2018. There were 32 paintings … 8 groups of 4 paintings each. Each group had a narrative. For example, for the group #pink, I showed someone an image of a growling bear that I had painted. He said that he liked it because it looked so masculine. So I changed the background to pink. In #oldcowboysandbabycowboys, I thought about the culture of the West, gender roles, and the cowboy created by our entertainment industry. And in #herds I thought about today’s bison, the bison of history, and the bison of myth and media. The 8 categories are #niceview, #herds, #camo, #tryingtoblendin, #pink, #cows, #oldcowboysandbabycowboys, and #snowday.
 
Cowboys Can Swim (2)
#niceview 3, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Can Swim (1)
#tryingtoblendin 3, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Can Swim (3)
#tryingtoblendin 2, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys At Work
#snowday 3, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Can Duck
#niceview 2, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Can Jump
#herds 1, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Can Fly
#cows 2, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Breed Cowboys
#cows 1, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
Cowboys Eat Cowboys (2)
#camo 3, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
#bigcowboysandbabycowboys 3, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
#bigcowboysandbabycowboys 2, oil on wood panel, 8 in x 8 in, 2018
 
 
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  Karen Rosenkrantz, Cambridge, MA Email  
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