November-December 2021 - The Art World: Thoma Foundation Collection and Gus Foster


Gus Foster, Sunset, Moonrise, Highline Ridge, Taos County, New Mexico, 1980, 403°. Courtesy of the artist.
Gus Foster, Sunset, Moonrise, Highline Ridge, Taos County, New Mexico, 1980, 403°. Courtesy of the artist.

The Harwood Museum of Art is pleased to announce its Fall 2021 exhibitions of Remote Possibilities: Digital Landscapes from the Thoma Foundation Collection and Gus Foster: Panoramic Photographs of Northern New Mexico. These exhibitions investigate contemporary artists’ use of digital and analog technologies in their representation of both natural and cultural landscapes and the passage of time. An opening celebration for both exhibitions takes place on October 22, 2021.

“These artists are at the forefront of using technology to represent nature from a diverse set of perspectives,” said Nicole Dial-Kay, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for the Harwood Museum. “Remote Possibilities is composed primarily of two-dimensional works that have been altered using computer technology and aftereffects. Gus Foster is on the other end of the spectrum. Before there was all of this digital possibility, he was using analog technology, some of which he created. This conversation of humans and their relationship to nature and whether or not they can replicate nature or represent nature is a very old conversation and ties into ideas of the sublime and truth and representation.”

Leo Villareal Particle Field (Triptych), 2017 OLED monitors, electrical hardware and custom software 4′ 9″ x 8′ 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (144.8 cm x 247.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Edition 1 of 5 Edition of 5 + 1 AP DIGITAL WORK view 3 No. 66939.01 Format of original photography: digital Photographer: Mark Waldhauser
Leo Villareal Particle Field (Triptych), 2017 OLED monitors, electrical hardware and custom software 4′ 9″ x 8′ 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (144.8 cm x 247.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Edition 1 of 5 Edition of 5 + 1 AP DIGITAL WORK view 3 No. 66939.01 Format of original photography: digital Photographer: Mark Waldhauser

Remote Possibilities: Digital Landscapes from the Thoma Foundation Collection brings together six of the world’s foremost contemporary digital and media artists who engage the tradition of landscape art: John Gerrard, Kent Monkman, Bruce Nauman, Jennifer Steinkamp, Leo Villareal, and Marina Zurkow. All works in this exhibition are from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, a grantmaking and art-collecting organization headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Thoma Foundation’s mission recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures. The Thoma Foundation lends and exhibits artworks from its collection to support pivotal initiatives in the arts. A portion of the Thoma Foundation’s collection is dedicated to digital and electronic art. Comprising over 300 artworks in this category, the collection encompasses historic computer artworks from the 1960s through 2020, thomafoundation.org.


Remote Possibilities: Digital Landscapes from the Thoma Foundation Collection runs until February 23, 2022 and Gus Foster: Panoramic Photographs of Northern New Mexico Exhibition runs until April 17, 2022. Learn more about these exhibitions at https://harwoodmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/