As you walk into the Rosenthal Gallery of Art, your ears are greeted by the metallic repetition of a clock-like click, clack, click, clack. The background noise of semis idling and the soft exhale of air brakes being released accompany the mechanical metronome.
On a wall, a video projector shows a pumpjack dipping its head to the earth like a chicken pecking seed.
The images and sounds are all part of the newest exhibit to hit The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery, Where the Antelope Play by Arin Lindstrom. The exhibition, which is on display now through Oct. 16, is the culmination of three years of research displayed as a body of video artworks. Using video, photography and audio to create an experience in a space, the work is a visual response to the effect of petroleum and gas exploration on Wyoming’s natural resources, wildlife habitat and ecosystems.
“These fields have overtaken Wyoming—what used to be pristine, open land,” Lindstrom said.
“There is a necessity of natural gas and petroleum and things like that, but there is also a responsibility on how we go about [acquiring it].”
Though she’s been working on the project for three years—Lindstrom makes at least one trip to Wyoming each year—the question on how to document and research the oil fields started coming to her a decade ago. And now that natural gas activity has come to Idaho’s Payette County, Lindstrom wants people to question if it’s a good fit for the Gem State.
“It’s basically to start a dialogue,” Lindstrom said.
Leaving the exhibit, the art begs the question of whether or not time is running out on the beautiful western landscape, once beloved for being wild, untouched and unscarred. Click, clack, click, clack.
An opening reception for Where the Antelope Play will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 18. The show is dedicated to the late Anna Marie Boles ’66, a C of I alumna and respected regional artist who helped Lindstrom with the concept of the exhibit.
Lindstrom, a graduate of Boise State University’s MFA program and art professor at the College of Western Idaho, has worked as a visual artist in the greater Idaho Treasure Valley for 19 years.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Rosenthal Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are unable to see the show during those times, or if you would like to schedule a private viewing, please make an appointment by contacting C of I art professor Dr. Garth Claassen at [email protected]. The Rosenthal Gallery is located inside Blatchley Hall. For a full campus map, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/map.
The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.