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“Disestablishment” by John Raymond Mireles


August 7
January 1, 2022

“Disestablishment” by John Raymond Mireles consists of landscape photographs taken in once federally protected regions of Southern Utah. The Bears Ears and Escalante National Monuments were created in 2016 but then reduced in size and opened to oil drilling and coal mining by the Trump administration in 2017. These photographs are intended to capture the beauty and wildness of these now jeopardized areas. The exhibited prints will be on display until Sept. 16 and 17, 2021 at which point they will be taken down and then, under direction from the artist, will be placed in the park where members of the public will be invited to destroy the prints using various tools. This destruction of the photography mimics the potential destruction that awaits the unique, pristine areas documented by the photographs. Once the prints have been damaged by participants, they will then be returned to the museum walls for display where they will serve as the finished artworks. The show continues until January 2022.

On view August 7, 2021 – January 2022