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LAIR OF THE WILD FRONTIER
Large landscapes and still-life arrangements that are both familiar and exotic, beautiful and haunting, real and surreal. Composed of woodblock prints, paint, and assembled via collage the imagery in this exhibition examines various types of habitats with a narrative undercurrent of life and death. Animals and plant life emerge and flourish as larger mammals die and decompose. Inspired by disparate sources such as the American frontier, ossuaries, Dutch vanitas paintings, and Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Lair of the Wild Frontier presents imagery compounded by the beauty of the nature and the complexity of the human condition.

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Artist Statement

Gregory Luckeroth
The American Northwest is a region with a great variety of natural habitats. Forests, deserts, mountains, marshlands, and the ocean can all be found there. Growing up in a region with such pronounced diversity has inspired me to investigate these distinct territories and utilize each as a stage for a recurring narrative to play out. Battles, detritus, and the aftermath of conflict between creatures litter each iconic locale. Complex relationship networks that exist in each ecosystem are responsible for the fluctuation in each species proliferation or death.
The landscapes are constructed with a disjointed unity. They are chaotic, fragmented, hallucinatory, and fantastic. Each terrain becomes personified and plays an active and domineering role in every creature’s survival or death. A seemingly cosmic or alien force governs each territory, subjecting larger mammals to bad fortune while calling plant life and small creatures to proliferate in a new gardenesque environment. The maintenance of these gardens is made possible via the collection of each species self-serving and intrinsic actions. While these primitive dramas exist on a plane more fantastic than real, I utilize them to investigate the human condition. These uncanny environments reflect our insecurities regarding mortality, free will, and humanity’s conflicted relationship with nature.
In the end, all life returns to the ground, completing the loop. The ever-present reality of decay and material transformation in nature serves as an analogy for the creative process. The constant feeding and digestion of ideas mimics the life cycle, forever tying my art making to this primal process.