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Mapping out art on campus: “Circumnavigations” exhibition

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Anna Marie Boles, a professor of art at the College of Western Idaho, studio artist and a self-proclaimed ‘jack of all trades’ said she has always enjoyed the view from the airplane window.

Judging from her exhibition, “Circumnavigations,” currently on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery Two located in the Hemingway Western Studies Center, her outlook has greater graphics and more detail than any typical window could possibly provide.

“I had this extraordinary light. I had the clouds but not totally covering the landscape,” Boles said in reference to her
“Airbus” piece.

In this piece she utilizes pictures from her personal camera and display from a monitor directly in front of her seat, on a plane to England. It was this distinct landscape imagery which inspired her to begin a collection centering on mapping and grid work. But “Circumnavigations” is more than just collective sequential photographs and scaled charts.

Boles includes industrial pieces with elements such as copper, dyed rope and wires. Her mediums greatly range from organic apple wood and graphite to an inorganic modern neon installation.

Kelsey Lovell, junior elementary education major, said of the exhibition, “It’s beautiful. “It’s beautiful how they can take something that’s so opposite of art, just like the landscape and the land and maps and turn it into all these different meetings of art.”

Krista Klebenow, sophomore art education major, agreed with Lovell saying, “We were commenting on how fantastic it is to see so many different mediums contributing to a single idea or point.”

From first glance, one can tell the origins in history, from the mere mention of print and map making and the use of wood, paper, graphite and oils. However, one can also see the progression toward the modern era with one of the mediums used being “Google maps.”

Boles said she used digital mapping with the real maps, together with her understanding of Idaho’s landscape.

This resulted in an integration of history and technology, a complete picture of the terrain from full scale imagery with the option of miniscule amplified facets.

With various concepts and means, Boles is able to generate levels to her grid work, demonstrating to her audience the amazing texture and presence that can established through her permutations.

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“Circumnavigations” is on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery Two in the Hemingway Western Studies Center through March 15.