New installation focuses on landscape of the American West

Willamette University features a new mixed media installation, "Tracing Topographies," by visiting art professor Michael Boonstra, through Dec. 10 in Rogers Music Center.

The exhibition combines photographic prints and graphite drawings in response to the landscape of the American West. It is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Boonstra's work employs a narrow but nuanced black and white palette, juxtaposing the detailed intimacy of minimally manipulated graphite rubbings with aerial photographs, enlarged and cropped to create ambiguity in scale.

"The comparison between the tree's growth rings and topographic contour lines, as well as the process of mapping, is a clear reference to two very different paradigms: an intimate relationship with the landscape on a micro level, and a far less intimate relationship with the land on a continental, macro level," writes Willamette art professor Andries Fourie in the exhibition's curatorial statement.

"Tracing Topographies" is the first of a biannual series in Rogers, curated by Willamette faculty. Each semester a new exhibition will be installed, and a new curator will be selected annually.