Barry Underwood, Sirna's Farm, This Land is Your Land, 2015, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Sirna's Farm, 2015

Archival Pigment Print 

24 x 120 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Roses, Little Italy, Cleveland Ohio, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Roses, Little Italy, Cleveland Ohio, 2016

Archival Pigment Print 

30 x 24 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Sirna Woods, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Sirna Woods, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

32 x 40 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Pipeline, 2015, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Pipeline, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

36 x 36 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood,This Land is Your Land, Wakeshigan River, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Wakeshigan River, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

30 x 24 in. 

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Blue Drill, 2015, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Blue Drill, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

36 x 36 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Euclid Beach, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Euclid Beach, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

36 x 36 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Gros Ventre, 2015, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Gros Ventre, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

50 x 40 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Jackson Hole (after Pfahl and Judd), 2016,Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Jackson Hole (after Pfahl and Judd), 2016

Archival Pigment Print 

20 x 20 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, Jackson, This Land is Your Land, Wyoming (for Rainer), 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Jackson, Wyoming (for Rainer), 2016 

Archival Pigment Print 

40 x 50 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood,This Land is Your Land, La Due, Line, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

La Due, Line, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

28 x 28 in. 

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, Lake Erie, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Lake Erie, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

30 x 24 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, String Lane, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

String Lane, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

40 x 32 in.

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Barry Underwood, This Land is Your Land, La Due Reservoir, 2016, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

La Due Reservior, 2016

Archival Pigment Print 

28 x 28 in. 

Ed. of 5 + 2AP

Press Release

Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present “This Land is Your Land”, Barry Underwood’s second exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 16, 6- 8 PM, with the artist in attendance. An artist talk and movie screening is scheduled for Monday, February 20, at 7 PM.

 

Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Barry Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate. Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.

 

Underwood marks the landscape with LED lights, luminescent substances and other physical processes, utilizing lustrous color and working with shapes, lines and light to point to the immutable traces that human interventions leave behind. By staging a visual disruption in an otherwise familiar setting, Underwood seeks to reveal the unseen potential instilled in the landscape. As a result of the interplay of the natural and unnatural, he creates strikingly beautiful, otherworldly visuals enhancing awareness of environmental issues.

 

He writes, “The landscape has been and continues to be altered by ambitious human activities linked to political, social, economic, climactic, and aesthetic forces. I am particularly interested in connections between land use and the interpretation of a landscape as a politically symbolic environment, reflecting human activity and one’s own self-definition, as well as our values and beliefs.”

 

Barry Underwood’s photographs are made in various locations around North America, with many on artist residencies.  He has been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), I-Park Foundation (CT), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), The Center for Land Use Interpretation (UT), and The MacDowell Colony (NH).

 

Barry Underwood’s work can be found in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Elton John Photography Collection (Atlanta, GA), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), TIAA-CREFF (New York City), and the Rockefeller Family Art Collection (Petaluma, CA), among several others. Barry’s work has also been reviewed in numerous publications, including Color Magazine, the London Times, Spectrum Magazine, Photo+ (Seoul), Picnic Magazine (Tel Aviv), and Vision Magazine (Beijing), as well as featured in Real Simple Magazine. He has been awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (OH), The Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts (OH), and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (OH).  Barry Underwood received his Masters in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art.