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Along A Long Line by Mike Glier
Mike Glier
Along A Long Line
11x12, Hardcover, cloth binding; 240 color plates and photographs
Interview by Carol Diehl, Essay by Lisa Corrin
Hard Press Editions in association
with Hudson Hills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1555953195

Images from Along A Long Line

July 21, 2007: Fog on the Tundra, Pangnirtung, Canada, 40ºF by Mike Glier

July 21, 2007: Fog on the Tundra, Pangnirtung, Canada, 40ºF
oil on aluminum, 24" x 30"
©2009, Mike Glier/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York


May 5, 2008: Wall St, New York, New York, 72ºF by Mike Glier

May 5, 2008: Wall St, New York, New York, 72ºF
oil on aluminum, 24" x 30"
Private collection
©2009, Mike Glier/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York


January 23, 2008: Afternoon at Haulover Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands, 83ºF by Mike Glier

January 23, 2008: Afternoon at Haulover Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands, 83ºF
oil on aluminum, 24" x 30"
©2009, Mike Glier/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York


October 10, 2007: Butterfly in the Rainforest, San Cudo, Ecuador, 94ºF by Mike Glier

October 10, 2007: Butterfly in the Rainforest, San Cudo, Ecuador, 94ºF
oil on aluminum, 24" x 30"
©2009, Mike Glier/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York


EVENTS
Sept. 9, 2010
Opening Reception for "That is Then. This is Now," group exhibit featuring Mike Glier @ 6PM. Show runs through Oct. 30 at the Cue Foundation in NYC.

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Along A Long Line
Mike Glier

While most of us shrug off news of impending planetary doom with a cup of morning coffee and reusable bags in hand, Mike Glier, painter and art professor at Williams College (Williamstown, MA), wanted to do something bigger. He gave himself the challenge of a lifetime: to experience and capture the globe, present-tense, with his own eyes in such a way that the message would be more than obvious - it would be undeniable.

Glier chooses to follow the 70th longitude around the globe and kicks off the expedition just south of the Arctic circle in July of 2007, in the environs of Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Canada (63º45N, 68º31W). He then travels to the rainforest of Ecuador, staying in Jatun Sacha, (0º59S, 77º49W), a 2,500 hectare ecological preserve on the Napo River known for one of the world's most diverse collections of plant, animal and insect species. Glier selects subtropical environment of St. John (18º20N, 64º50W) in the U.S. Virgin Islands where the ocean and the 14,000 acre Virgin Islands National Park is designated by the United Nations as a part of the biosphere reserve network. In the late spring of 2008, the final destination is New York City (40º43, N 74º00W) where Glier tackles the urban landscape in order to "to depict the urban environment as responsive and subject to the same evolutionary forces as the rural environment." While the creation of his colorful abstract paintings are at the forefront of his expedition, Glier kept a detailed blog and photographed often.

Along A Long Line is a limited edition book, reminiscent of an artist's travel journal, that invites the reader into the journey and the process of creation through a selection of the artist's writings, photography, paintings and sketches. Glier offers a new approach to the perception of space and boundaries --a world where we live less divided by political boundaries than one where we live in spacial divisions prescribed by scientific measurements. Glier recounts his journey to four distinct locations along a longitudinal divide with the enthusiasm of Darwin and the technical mastery of the plein air greats. Writes Glier, "the element of chance plays such a large role in the selection and manipulation of variables that evolution seems to describe my process more adequately than does my intention to make the world in my image." The result is at once a collection of breathtaking visual renderings in paint and photography of a slice of nature as it is a mindful lesson in awareness of the fragility and diversity of this planet so few of us ever get a chance to fully experience.

"Landscape has become an urgent subject. The scale of human activity is so grand that it is rapidly changing the living membrane that covers the stony globe. However, nature, itself, is not in danger from human industry. It is indifferent to change and will proceed apace, albeit in some grossly altered form. Humankind will not fare so well in a rapidly changing environment. So how can we protect and sustain the environment so that it continues to support civilization as we know it? I am overwhelmed by the complexity of inventing and implementing a plan for global environmental sustainability and my fear could turn me into a fatalist. However, the activist mantra, "think globally, act locally" as clichéd as it is, makes sense to me, since it suggests that the collective effect of many small efforts can effect large scale change. My way of addressing the current threat is to picture the vitality of the living world, to engender sensitivity toward it and to share my experience of being within it."
- Mike Glier    

Coinciding with the publication of this title is the exhibition "Along A Long Line" at the Gerald Peters Gallery, New York (24 East 78th Street, 212 628 9760) from September 17 - October 23, 2009 featuring 40 paintings made outdoors and 4, larger studio works based on the plein air compositions. The show then travels to the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts from October 31, 2009 to February 21, 2010.

MIKE GLIER was born in Kentucky in 1953 and lives in New York State. In 1975 he received a BA from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, and then attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He received an MA from Hunter College in 1975.

From 1978 to 1984 he was an active member of Collaborative Projects, and participated in the Time Square Show. Between 1979 and 2000 he was engaged with Printed Matter Inc, NY, serving on the staff and then the Board of Directors. Solo exhibitions of his drawing and painting have been presented internationally in galleries which include The American Graffiti Gallery, Amsterdam, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne. The list of museums that have presented solo exhibitions of his work include the San Diego Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA.

In 1989 he was the New England recipient of Awards in the Visual Arts 9, and 1996 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. In collaboration with his wife, Jenny Holzer, he completed in 1999 a permanent memorial sculpture for the City of Leipzig, Germany and in 2004, "Town Green" a wall drawing installation for the Cambridge, MA City Hall Annex was selected by Americans for the Arts as one of the best public art works of the year.

He is currently represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Gerald Peters Gallery, NY and Santa Fe, and Geoffrey Young, Great Barrington, MA.