The images in this gallery are artist's selections from The Kansas Landscape, Volumes I and II --a collaboration by Mark Feiden and Edward Robison. A show by the same name appeared most recently at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan.
ARTIST STATEMENT: EDWARD C. ROBISON III
I fell in love with the simplicity of the Kansas landscape at a very young age. Both of my parents grew up in the west-central portion of the state, and as a boy, while visiting grandparents and other family, I enjoyed many opportunities to hunt and explore the central plains.
When I realized that nature photography would become my life's work, I looked first to the dramatic scenes of the Rocky Mountains and desert southwest, but soon found my lens turning back to the more
subtle and personally meaningful beauty of the Kansas landscape. Through photography, I hope that I can inspire people to connect with the spirit of the land. By conveying the inherent energies in the land and expressing the unity of all things, I hope that my photographs will in some way renew the connection between earth and mankind.
Following graduation for the Kansas City Art Istitute, Edward Robison moved brieflly to Colorado and then returned to Kansas, living in Lawrence and then rural Douglas County. Edward and his family recently relocated to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he has opened the Sacred Earth Gallery,
featuring his work.
ARTIST STATEMENT: MARK FEIDEN
I suppose that my images are "art" insofar as they succeed in communicating my deep and abiding affection for the plains landscape--one that is subtle yet complex, forever changing and inextricably linked to the weather. My work, however, was born and continues to be centered not so much on a desire to express, but rather to document and share.
There also exists in my work a certain genealogical motivation. The Kansas landscape, timeless in a way, is the common thread that laces together 152 years and four sides of my family. As I drive a rolling Flint Hills road or stand overlooking a hay meadow, I imagine that I am enjoying very much the same view as my grandfather and his grandfather before him. My sense of self is somehow interwoven with the landscape, and photography has provided not only the means for sharing, but also the excuse for continued exploration--both inward and outward.
In 1997, Mark Feiden cofounded The Konza Press. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas and now lives in Roeland Park, Kansas where in addition to publishing, he works as an Interaction and Information Designer.
The Konza Press, Konza Galleries and Robison-Feiden Galleries are divisions of The Konza Media Group, Inc., Wichita, Kansas
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