Re/Call the Stories of People & the Land

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Gregg Deal’s Invisible Loss Movement, with his daughter Sage.

This past Labor Day weekend, the Rocky Mountain Land Library was thrilled to host a special art exhibition presented by the RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Re/Call included a stunning array of art, including film, photography, dance, sound, poetry, and more.

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Out by the ranch gate: Nikki Pike’s Tumbleweed

“Re/Call was inspired by a quote from the film Racing Extinction by Dr. Christopher Clark, the Director of the Macauley Library at Cornell, where one of the largest collections of sounds of our planet and it’s creatures is catalogued:

The whole world is singing…clicking and grinding and whistling and thumping….But we’ve stopped listening.

I shared with Louise Martorano how crushed, humiliated and inspired by this I felt, and that it seemed like a job for artists. And so we started to imagine what it is to Re/Call (as Louise aptly coined our quest).” –  Mary Caulkins

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Woven Basket lined with horsehair, by Eileen Roscina Richardson

Over a year ago the call went out to 19 artists from across the country. The challenge was “to reflect, celebrate and memorialize the planet and the jive of it’s creatures.”

The artists visited Buffalo Peaks Ranch, many of them for several extended periods.  This past Labor Day weekend, Re/Call came alive all across the ranch.

Gratitude

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk of the Ute Mountain Tribe got Re/Call underway with a talk about gratitude, touching the earth & more, including joining with her father to offer up a Ute song.

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The Barter Collective van was next to the Main House, offering writing prompts,

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and plenty of typewriters where people could explore their thoughts.

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Alongside the granaries: Libby Barbee & Bill Nelson’s Sound Mirror Project, employing found objects and the voices of rural America.

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Tyler Jones’ Climate Story combined photography, sound and film. We love the screening room Tyler created in the Lambing Shed!

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Throughout the summer, artist Tory Tepp worked on The Forge.

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Culminating in his adobe letterpress. We’ll continue to line Tory’s earthwork with words and quotes!

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Re/Call came to an inspired close on Monday morning as Sarah Wallace Scott led us across the ranch along The Four Songlines she created, each inspired by an animal that calls Buffalo Peaks Ranch its home. Four of us got to wear the head masks that Sarah crafted. On Saturday night Sarah’s troupe also performed The Four Songlines:

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And there’s so many artists and projects that we still hope to share with you all. But for now, we will create a Re/Call archive at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, including related objects, recordings, and books inspired by the show. Stay tuned!

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Ana Maria Hernando & Kenneth Robinson Cloudwork

With thanks to the artists: Libby Barbee, Bill Nelson, Nikki Pike & The Barter Collective, Halsey Burgund, Michelle Comstock, Gregg Deal and his daughter Sage, Sarah Ortegon, Nathan Hall, Ana Maria Hernando, Tyler Jones, Eliza Minot, Eileen Roscina Richardson, Kenneth Robinson, Sarah Wallace Scott, Tory Tepp, Jeremy Wolf, Melanie Yazzie, Susannah Sayler, and Edward Morris.

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We join RedLine in thanking the Town of Fairplay, the Brown Burro, Dorothy’s Tamales, Deep Water, Helen Thorpe, Jason Jones, Dave Gordon, Julie Mordecai, San Luis Valley Farmers, Jay Frost, Karl & Oscar Kister, Julie Bullock, Jamie DeLuccio & Open Sky Yoga, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Jeremiah Archuleta, Cirque Kitchen, White Mountain Farms, I Choose Organics, Jones Farm, Rio Grande Farm Park, A.P. Fiedler, the amazing volunteers of both RedLine and the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and Patricia Miller & Curtis Maddox and their entire Native Plant Labyrinth team.

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Libby Barbee & Bill Nelson’s wind & sound piece will stay at the ranch!

Plus a special thanks to the more than 300 people who attended Re/Call. They came to both experience & participate in one of the most remarkable weekend Buffalo Peaks Ranch has ever had.

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We can’t show you a picture that captures the 300+ Re/Call participants from this past weekend, but as we helped dismantle Nathan Hall’s wonderful Chime Walk to the river, we noticed this unintended piece of land art. We love the grass swale that so many feet made along an old elk path.

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Did we mention that we also had a Star Talk by Mary Caulkins, and the chance to see Eileen Roscina Richardson’s film Hiraeth, screened on the Cooks House wall?

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With thanks to Mary Caulkins and Louise Martorano for giving birth to Re/Call, and to Helen Thorpe for so many wonderful photos above!

2 thoughts on “Re/Call the Stories of People & the Land

  1. Totally Magical! Awesome to create and to experience. Thanks for sharing the photos and inspiring those of us who were somewhere else.

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