30 Mar 2010

Mike Glier: Along a Long Line

Related Event: Along a Long Line with speakers Mike Glier

Mike Glier says of his new book, along a long line, from Hard Press Editions, it “is the story of this yearlong trip along the line of Longitude which begins in the Arctic Circle, runs through my studio in upstate New York and continues to the equator. I left my studio thinking, ‘when I die, I want to know that I’ve used myself up.’ At first, this might seem glum, but it’s really an optimistic thought about finding adventure within oneself.” The result is at once a collection of breathtaking visual renderings in paint and photography as well as a mindful lesson in awareness of the diversity and fragility of this planet so few of us ever get a chance to fully experience. Currently he has begun work on Antipodes (www.antipodes.us), a project for which he will travel to opposite sides of the globe to create sets of contrasting painted landscapes.

Glier was born in Kentucky in 1953. He received a BA from Williams College, Williamstown, MA and an MA from Hunter College. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting in 1996. In collaboration with his wife, Jenny Holzer, he completed a permanent memorial sculpture for the City of Leipzig, Germany. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the San Diego Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH and MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Glier is currently represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; Gerald Peters Gallery, NY and Santa Fe; and Geoffrey Young, Great Barrington, MA.