Groundswell, the title of the exhibition, refers to both a geological event with a disruption in the land and to an overwhelming surge of emotion. Regan Golden’s hand-cut photographs and graphite drawings of forests examine the role of “the woods” in areas that will imminently be transformed into subdivisions. The artist has particularly focused on the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, where Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church once painted. Golden has said that “bridging the gap between the lived experience of this forest and how it has been represented has required me to invent new techniques for altering and constructing landscapes.” The exhibition, which features the artist's hand-cut photographs, graphite transfer drawings, and digital collages, includes works from 2010-2014.
In September, Golden was a Visiting Artist in the School of Art's Visiting Artist residency program. University Galleries is partnering with the program to host exhibitions or performances by the 2013-2014 residents.
Golden's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Houston, Minneapolis, and Toronto. She has received fellowships or grants from the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Science Foundation; the Joan Mitchell Foundation; and the Stone Summer Theory Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a co-founder of the Drawn Lots Collaborative. Golden is also a writer whose art criticism has been published in Modern Painters, Temporary Art Review, and Newcity. She received her MFA from Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her BA from Grinnell College. The artist lives and works in Minneapolis.