My recent landscape paintings of earth and land art are portraits of a dialectic; they instill the inherent contradictions between landscape painting and earth/ land art.
This body of work addresses a range of dichotomies: nature and culture, outdoors and indoors, Smithson and Gussow, territorial intervention versus the unobtrusive gaze.
In the 60s and 70s, the art gallery was viewed by some to be corrupted by political and economic forces which amplified the art and nature duality. Today it seems that some of the same issues that led to the reactionary evolution of earth/land art have now become a part of them. A visit to The Lightening Field can cost upwards of $250 per person. Richard Long now fills the gallery space with muddy handprints and large scale boulders. The Spiral Jetty paintings depict its’ wax and wane with a sense of awe or longing not unlike the landscapes of the Hudson River School Painters.
Maggie Tobin was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been living and working as an artist, teacher, and community organizer in Brooklyn, New York for the last twenty years.