the unVACANT LOT | on LOCATION
katherine sandoz | Artist
October 18, 2021 | Ongoing
The UnVacant Lot | 217 W. Jackson St.
Thursday, November 11 | 6:30 pm | Free
The UnVacant Lot
Field studies of the Red Hills region are documented in this installation of two vistas (one water-based and one field + forest based) that create an alley of imagery and at the same time, create a sense of one’s being at the bottom of a field, pond or swamp.
Katherine Sandoz studies details that inspire exhibitions and public art installations; highlighting vistas, plants, unique marshes, waterways and flora, Sandoz intentionally designs an experience so that visitors will enrich their understanding of native plant life, regional ecological diversity, as well as enhance their understanding of abstract work.
In the rear of the UnVacant Lot, you will find Morning in the Tall Pines, a spectacular mural by Joe Cowdrey. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding forested areas, including the Tall Timbers Research Station, Joe set the scene for a misty morning in the longleaf pine forest. Using vibrant blues and greens, contrasted by the dark-red brick color of the pine trunks, Joe created a piece that feels dense with vegetation, but also spacious, much like the local forests. Catch this mural just after sunrise, and it really seems as if the light of the early sun is reflecting off of the painted trees while the early morning mist drifts up into the atmosphere.
Joe Cowdrey is a self taught painter from Tallahassee, FL. He draws his main inspiration from the natural landscapes he explores on a regular basis, wherever he may be located. Environment is very important to him, and it is his hope that people are able to share his appreciation for the beauty of the forest after seeing his works. Joe currently lives and works in Northern New Jersey.
“Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.”
Association for Public Art