Gallery 81435 | October 2 - December 3, 2019

Gallery 81435 in Telluride, Colorado presents Monumental, an exhibit by Trine Bumiller during the months of October and November 2019. The Art Walk opening reception will take place Thursday, October 3, from 5 – 8 pm.

What is a monument but a memorial to a location or a moment in time? What we choose to memorialize and make monuments to reflect our history, our culture and our need to remember. Trine Bumiller’s 129 paintings depict all of the U.S. national monuments that were created to honor and protect places of cultural, environmental, and cultural importance. To add another layer, the paintings are all rendered in hues of pink to represent all phases of feminism, from baby blush and sexy hot pinks to reds of passion, rage and love. “I came of age when both the women’s movement and the environmental movement were first happening and I feel passionately about both,” says Bumiller. “I realize that power and dominion over land mirrors the struggles women have had to assert their own equality and power throughout history. The women’s marches have been moments for women to assert their voices and to come together to draw attention to inequality and to provide hope for the future.”

In addition to the featured Monumental series, the exhibit will also includes selections from Bumiller’s Glacier Project which is about Colorado’s fourteen remaining but disappearing glaciers, and the need to record, remember and respect them and our environment. It was created from the artist’s strenuous treks to see the glaciers, then photographing, sketching, and making paintings from her observations. “By travelling to the glaciers in person, I make a pilgrimage of faith, one that may not be possible in the years to come. The hardship of the hikes alludes to the difficulty of preservation; the recording of them calls attention to their meaning.  They are painted with respect and feeling of caring for these monuments of nature and icons of a planet in trouble, and a sense of the loss and the urgency to protect our environment.”

Trine Bumiller explores the relationship between memory and experience through paintings and installations that balance on the edge of both abstract and environmental concerns. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Rome with the European Honors Program. Trine has had many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Solo shows include the McNichols Building in Denver, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Las Cruces Museum of Art and most recently at the International Arts Festival of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has received grants from Colorado Council on the Arts and Colorado Federation of the Arts and been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Denali National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, artltd., ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor, the Denver Post, and Westword. She is on the board of Denver Art Museum’s DAM Contemporaries. She is represented by Robischon Gallery, Denver, Markel Fine Arts, New York and Zg Gallery, Chicago.

The show runs thru December 3, 2019 at Gallery 81435, located at 230 S Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6 pm, or by appointment.