An exhibition at the Radius Gallery takes a broad view of what landscape art can be, setting abstract paintings alongside traditional realist works and black-and-white photographs next to nonfunctional ceramics.
Gallery owners Lisa Simon and Jason Neal put out an open call for “scenes,” whether that meant a landscape, seascape or “mindscape.”
Neal said the two wanted to do a group show that paid tribute to the traditions of landscape art while expanding the definition. Viewers could find accessible work, and two steps away find something more boundary-pushing, he said.
“With some of the more abstract artists, we asked them to sort of think about their work in terms of scenes or ‘scapes,’ ” Neal said.
More than 100 artists submitted about 300 works, which were trimmed down to 61 artists and 83 pieces by Barb Schwarz Karst, a painter; Stephen Glueckert, curator of the Missoula Art Museum; and Jennifer Leutzinger, owner of the