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Michael Haykin:  Intimate Terrain

 

In the exhibition Intimate Terrain, Michael Haykin's large-scale multi-paneled landscapes chronicle his summers in Montana particularly the fateful summer of 2000, when fire nipped at the boundaries of his Boulder home and studio. Intimate Terrain is the first exhibition to be created specifically for the Holter's new High Gallery in mind. (left: Michael Haykin, Boulders, oil on canvas, 2002)

An adopted Montanan, Haykin has lived near Boulder Montana for the last eight years, ever since spending a summer residency at the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin, Montana. Haykin spends his winters in Key West, Florida, where he shows regularly at the Lucky Street Gallery. In Montana, he shows at the Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman.

The large-scale work Haykin created for this exhibition is more abstract due in part to their scale than his earlier Montana work. Mirage-like in their shimmering surfaces, these paintings capture by the quality of light and color and shadow places and moments that are unmistakably central Montanan. Haykin documents what he sees during these moments of communion with Montana landscapes.  He also documents what the landscapes do to him, their impact on him physically and emotionally, the intimate terrain that he has discovered through his time in Montana.  Intimate Terrain can be experienced at the Holter through August 20, 2003.  

 

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