Davis-Orton Gallery is presenting “Dakota Survey,” photographs by Karen Halverson from August 3 to September 2, 2012.

For nearly thirty years, Karen Halverson, a resident of Columbia County, has been making photographs that comment on how we encounter, occupy, and alter the land. Much of her work concerns the landscape of the American West. In the summer of 2011, without itinerary, she drove to the Dakotas. The Homestead Act, signed into law by President Lincoln in 1862, determined this gridded landscape with roads running in straight lines as far as the eye can see, and property lines and rows of trees called “shelterbelts” doing the same. “I see the “Dakota Survey” images as landscape sections, emphasizing the lines and forms that both nature and human history have created.” Halverson chose the square photographic format for this series as an expression of the geometry she saw before her.

Karen Halverson’s work has been exhibited and collected by major American museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty, and the Saint Louis Museum of Art. Her exhibit at The Autry in Griffith Park, “The Marks We Make: Western Panoramas by Karen Halverson” continues through September 9, 2012.
At Davis-Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street, Hudson

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