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Jun
09

Exhibition: ‘Sawdust Mountain’ photographs by Eirik Johnson at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Exhibition dates: 21st May – 27th June, 2009

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Eirik Johnson. 'Freshly Felled Trees, Nemah, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain

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Eirik Johnson
‘Freshly Felled Trees, Nemah, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Junked Blue Trucks, Forks, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain

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Eirik Johnson
‘Junked Blue Trucks, Forks, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Elwha River Dam, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Elwha River Dam, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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“Eirik Johnson’s color photographs chronicle his study of Sawdust Mountain, a once idyllic patch of the Pacific Northwest now in decline after a century of human encroachment. The story is a familiar one – early settlers attracted by the sublime beauty and abundant natural resources – of Washington state in the case – began local nature-based industries that eventually depleted the natural resources. The romance of lumberjacks and fishermen taming the wilderness and living off the land has been replaced by the hardscrabble reality of those now trying to eke out a living as well as conservationists and ecologists trying to save and restore the landscape. Johnson presents a well-rounded portrait of a town and country struggling to find solutions to these conflicting demands. His photographs capture the history and legacy of the industries, the landscape at the center of the vortex, and the changes undertaken to stauch the economic and ecological declines so all can survive.

Johnson was born in Seattle, WA and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle and with a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Sawdust Mountain photographs will also be ehibited at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington who co-published the accompanying book with Aperture. Other Johnson book and exhibitions include Borderlands from 2006 and Animal Holes from 2007. Johnson is currently living and teaching in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.”

Text from the Rena Bransten Gallery website

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Eirik Johnson. 'Weyerhaeuser sorting yard along the Chehalis River, Cosmopolis, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Weyerhaeuser sorting yard along the Chehalis River, Cosmopolis, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Adult books, firewood and truck for sale, Port Angeles, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Adult books, firewood and truck for sale, Port Angeles, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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“A culmination of four years of photographing throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, Sawdust Mountain focuses on the tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support.

Timber and salmon are the bedrock of a regional Northwest identity, but the environmental impact of these declining industries has been increasingly at odds with the contemporary ideal of sustainability. In this, his second book, Johnson reveals a landscape imbued with an uncertain future – no longer the region of boomtowns built upon the riches of massive old-growth forests.

Johnson, a Seattle native, describes his photographs as “a melancholy love letter of sorts, my own personal ramblings.” Through this poetic approach, Sawdust Mountain records a region affected by historic economic complexities, and by extension, one aspect of our fraught relationship with the environment in the twenty-first century.”

Text from the Aperture Foundation website.

The book ‘Sawdust Mountain’ by Eirik Johnson is published by Aperture Foundation and is available on their website.

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Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, San Francisco

Opening hours: Tues – Friday, 10.30 – 5.30pm, Saturday 11 – 5pm

Rena Bransten Gallery website

Eirik Johnson website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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