William Ransom Solastalgia: On Hold
failure cascade, detail; 2019; basswood, poplar, clamp; 62 x 9 x 116 inches
In the Gallery
February 23 - March 19, 2021
Wednesday, February 24th, 5:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click here to view the video recording of the artist's talk.
About The Exhibition
The exhibition, featuring new work by Ransom and collaborative work created with W&L sculpture students in Sandy de Lissovoy's Land and Passage class, examines the notion of solastalgia --the sense of distress and uncertainty resulting from environmental change and degradation or slippage in societal foundations. The work in this show is based on the premise that the solace of a known landscape or a familiar view can be lost if the natural rhythms sustaining it are disrupted
. Ransom's work pairs his personal story and history with the larger national story and legacy of race, justice and unrest and considers the existential unease that comes with recognition of the truth of our collective history and an acknowledgment of perpetuating systems that have defined our nation from the start. William Ransom was born and raised on a dairy farm in Vermont and his work and life continue to be informed by his early material experiences and engagement with the cycles and rhythms at the intersection with the natural world. Ransom received an MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in 2008 and a BA from Bennington College in 2004. He currently teaches Sculpture at Marlboro College in Vermont.
If you aren't able to be on campus to view William Ransom's exhibition, check out the virtual gallery tour: CLICK HERE
To navigate the virtual exhibition:
The tour opens with the view of Wall 1. Each of the 3 walls can be selected from the thumbnail images at the bottom of your screen for better viewing of different sections of the gallery.
- Select a wall to explore.
- Click and drag the image to pan around the room.
- Hover over and click on each piece or a wall label for a closer view and more information.
- These views and the label windows can be closed by clicking the X in the upper right corner.
- Some artworks have multiple details presented in a slideshow format, which can be advanced using the arrows on either side of the pop-up window.
- To read the artist's statement, click the exhibition title on the blue wall at the gallery landing.
Visit the artist's website: https://williamransom.art/
Solastalgia: On Hold
- BBC: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20151030-have-you-ever-felt-solastalgia
- LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-13/solastalgia-climate-change-induced-despair
W&L name change debate:
- W&L Vigil: https://www.wluvigil.com/post/w-l-s-board-of-trustees-might-have-more-to-worry-about-than-just-robert-e-lee-s-name#:~:text=Earlier%20this%20summer%2C%20W%26L's%20board,Washington%20and%20Robert%20E.%20Lee.
- Washington Post (July 7, 2020) https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/07/06/faculty-resoundingly-votes-change-name-washington-lee/
- WSLS New: Debate continues over future of Washington and Lee’s name: https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2021/01/28/debate-continues-over-future-of-washington-and-lees-name/
- Forbes (July 7, 2020) https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2020/07/07/washington-and-lee-faculty-vote-to-remove-lee-from-universitys-name/?sh=37627277c874
Black Live Matters Protests:
- New York Times (July 3, 2020) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/03/us/george-floyd-protests-crowd-size.html
- Black Lives Matter Organization: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- New York Times Insurrection Timeline: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/12/us/capitol-mob-timeline.html
Identity, Place, and Art
- MOMA: https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/investigating-identity/
- Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk/artist-rooms/collection/themes/cultural-identity
- National Gallery of Art: https://www.nga.gov/education/teachers/lessons-activities/uncovering-america/expressing-individual/individual-activity.html
- Art & Identity Video: https://youtu.be/NICodKeadp0
- “The Imaged Word at Albany Airport Gallery” http://dbgetvisual.blogspot.com/2010/11/imaged-word-at-albany-airport-gallery.html
- Bennington College, Notable Alums https://libraryguides.bennington.edu/blackstudies/alum
- Alleghany Journal http://www.alleghanyjournal.com/aj_article_test.php?ndx=22294