Jessie Lehson's Barren is on view at the Minstallation Gallery from January 16 to February 13, 2010.
Whether it's a simple wall of sod bricks sprouting heirloom grasses in Patterson Park, or floor patterns of multi-hued soil, elegantly laid out like a Sol Lewitt painting, Jessie Lehson refocuses our attention on the earth beneath our feet. Barren draws a connection between the salted fields of medieval conflicts and the increasing salinity of overworked contemporary farmland. Lehson received her MFA from MICA's Rinehart School in 2008. She recently took 3rd place for the Trawick Prize and was a finalist for the Sondheim Prize in 2009.