Matt Distel’s smartly curated exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes,
currently on view at The Carnegie in Covington, Ky., is a broad
sampling of more than 20 regional artists who mine personal and
universal landscapes to present hypothetical meditations on locations of
space and time.
Spread out between two floors of
galleries, Distel’s thoughtful layout of nearly 80 multimedia works
(grouped by content and aesthetics rather than by artist) reveals the
connections and disparities between a wide range of artists who tackle
the representation of real and conceptual worlds.
For instance, artist Tim McMichael’s
hybridized image of a sky over Cincinnati and the side of a glacier,
“Terminus,” in the main floor gallery, typifies the titular theoretical
yet pragmatic approach many of the participating artists have in regard
McMichael paints via a meticulous process