Mountain Time Arts commissioned regional artists and designers to create installations in storefront windows on Main Street in downtown Bozeman, Montana. Each artist collaborated with a conservationist or scientist for these research-based interdisciplinary projects about water conservation.
The Upstream installations promise to inspire pedestrians who travel Main Street, Bozeman to think about their own relationship to water conservation and usage.
Isabel Beavers is an interdisciplinary artist whose central interest is how the arts and sciences can be integrated through a research-based art practices. Her project for Upstream is called “Removers, Fixers”. The project illustrates bacteria that removes toxins from wetland soil and water. These functional groups are used in bio-remediation to clean the environment.
Jenny Hale is a community artist devoted to art as a place making tool. She works with photography, illumination and public display. Jenny’s installation for Upstream called “Ground Water”, highlights the idea that surface water and groundwater are one and the same resource.
Bryan Petersen makes mixed media work using print advertising to construct narratives about social and environmental concerns. In his project entitled, “Infilltration Gallery”, Bryan merges concepts of surface and ground water with the history of signage and print advertising.
Kelsie Rudolph’s project, “Life/Source” looks at human and psychological attachment to ritual activity in domestic spaces. She combines industrial and domestic materials including concrete, latex paint and fabric. Her project speaks about functionality in the home in relation to Bozeman’s watershed drainage.
Wendy Red Star is exhibiting her photograph “Spring” from her Four Seasons Series. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures. Raised on the Crow reservation, Red Star is an avid researcher of archives and historical narratives. Her work is always inquisitive, witty and unsettling.
Jim Zimpel’s project for Upstream is a float called “Forest to Faucet” that incorporates discarded chipboard materials from Bozeman construction sites and uses water-based washes. All of the float’s materials will eventually be recycled into new sculptures. Jim’s float “Forest to Faucet” is based on the fact that our forests are sources of water supply in Bozeman and beyond.
Andy Behrle’s project, “patchwork,” is at the Main Street Quilting Company. Andy uses quilt patterns, but instead of working with fabric, he uses video. The project uses moving image displayed on a flat screen. Andy layers video into 8 quilt block patterns. He shot the material in 7 locations in the Gallatin Valley from the Hyalite Reservoir to the Headwaters State Park.
Dalton Brink’s project titled, “What We Remain” is a video projection located on the eastern wall of the Lark Hotel. The video “What We Remain…” parallels the different phase changes of water (solid, liquid and gas) with the phase changes of human development.
Gesine Janzen’s project RAW/FILTERED/SERVICE WATER uses 2 sources of visual information: images of the creek running with melting snow, and the numbers, colors, and geometric lines seen at Bozeman’s water treatment plant. The title comes from the blue and orange pipes at the treatment plant. The ‘natural’ world of spring undergrowth and flowing water joins the ‘scientific’ realm of filters and labels as the water is treated for human use.
Xander Clinthorne’s project “Visualizing Water Health”, invites the viewer to visualize for themselves the ways that surface water is connected to the aquifer. His installation is constructed for the viewer to peers into portals that become worlds.
Kathleen Rabel’s project is titled “Runoff-Acceleration”. The paintings visualize the speed of the water as the snow melts into the rivers. The colors denote the purity of the water in Spring runoff. The work strives to slow down the speed of change in an object, to stop it, just for a moment, suspended, to reveal the fleeting shape before it moves on.
Michael and Caroline Running Wolf’s new work for Upstream is an augmented reality project entitled “Downstream is Upstream”. The Running Wolf’s use augmented reality to reveal water systems under Main Street. They worked with the city of Bozeman Department of Public Works to locate and understand the function of the infrastructure. Michael is a software developer and built the AR app for their project. There are instructions in front of Nova Café to download the app.