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Year Without A Summer

Year Without A Summer

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  • Year Without A Summer

    Art Erupts - From Missoula to the World

    01 Oct 2018 – 01 Oct 2019

    Description of Exhibit In April of 1815, the Volcano Tambora erupted on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia, and is considered the 3rd largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. Aside from causing total devastation to the surrounding area, this eruption had global repercussions as volcanic gasses caused a worldwide aerosol cloud that clogged up the sky– in the year that followed, climate anomalies were recorded around the world. The volcanic winter and subsequent effects on European and North American crops caused 1816 to be known as the “Year Without A Summer.” This eruption gave rise to a whole host of events that spanned from the horrific and tragic to the literary and cultural. The birth of modern climate science, the birth of modern meteorology, the opening of the Northwest Passage, the advent of the Chinese opium trade, the birth of gothic horror and American westward expansion are just some of the amazing things that can be directly linked to the eruption of Volcano Tambora. These drawings link together the far-reaching effects of the eruption and demonstrate the global impact of this singular event, as well as making a connection to our current manmade climate state. Blazon created this series of stream-of-consciousness narrative drawings on the bicentennial of the 1815 eruption of the volcano Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in present-day Indonesia. Her fantastical works forms a chronicle that bridges the catastrophe with the inspired global impact that followed. Blazon describes the series as a set of interrelated “surrealistic, symbolist, and fantastical” drawings that touch on the resulting worldwide crop failures, disease outbreaks, scientific discoveries and birth of literary Gothic Horror at Villa Diodati in Switzerland where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Blazon depicts “the dead and living” coming together to narrate a story with far-reaching cultural and social consequences. She populates her drawings with historical figures such as the painter J.M.W. Turner, whose luminous paintings may have been inspired by bizarre and eerie sunsets caused by the ash in the atmosphere; or founding father Benjamin Franklin, who was an early proponent of the idea that a volcanic eruption could affect global weather; and Thomas Jefferson, who advocated for the importance of accurate meteorological recordings. Also included are John James Audubon who, while painting birds, may have witnessed the decline of the passenger pigeon because of the large number of people left desperate for food; and the Royal families of Europe, whose response to the cataclysmic event was criticized for being disconnected and callous. Artist Biography Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator living and working in Missoula, MT. She is a graduate from Parsons School of Design, where she received her BFA in Illustration. She is represented by Radius Gallery in Missoula, and has exhibited at the Missoula Art Museum, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Holter Museum of Art, and the Center Theater Gallery at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, as well as Seattle, Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She received a Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award in 2011. ----- Hello and welcome to our virtual gallery! There are two audio clips embedded in the beginning and end of this exhibition. Due to the breadth and depth of fascinating historical information present in Courtney's pieces, we invite you to click through to this Youtube Video Link below for more information. YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK: *Attach Here* ----- DISCLAIMER: “A Year Without a Summer, Art Erupts – From Missoula to the World” is a Pilot Program of Global & Cultural Affairs in Arts Missoula in collaboration with Missoula artist, Courtney Blazon. Due to both the global and series-based story-line behind Blazon’s art as well as our relationships with our sister cities, Neckargemϋnd, Germany and Palmerston North, New Zealand, there was no public call to artists during the creation of this project. This virtual gallery was a trial of Kunstmatrix, an online virtual gallery program with the intention of simply testing out possibilities and ideally creating a gallery that could be sent to our sister cities in a cost-effective manner. We hope that this exhibition inspires others to create virtual galleries of their own. Global & Cultural Affairs is more than happy to work with and guide artists through this program and process if they are so interested. Please call (406)-541-0860 with questions.

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    • Gothic Horror in Hollywood Placeholder
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
    • Cast of Characters
      23 x 86 inch (h x w)
    • New Zealand Placeholder
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
    • Germany Placeholder
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
    • Montana Placeholder
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Zaman Hujan Au (Time of the Ash Rain)"
      40 x 50 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Oil Pastel on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Would I were a careless Child"
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Marker on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Welcome to the Pleasure Dome"
      40 x 50 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Pastel on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "The League of Incest"
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Marker on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "The Cup of Life was Poisoned"
      30 x 22 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Pastel on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Seeing the Elephant"
      40 x 50 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Marker on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Poetry of the Seven Sorrows"
      48 x 96 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Wax Crayon on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Or, the Modern Prometheus"
      24 x 18 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Pencil on Vellum with Vintage Wallpaper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "My Midnight Pillow"
      24 x 18 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Pencil on Vellum with Vintage Wallpaper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Meteorological Imaginations and Conjunctures"
      24 x 18 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Pencil on Vellum with Wallpaper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know"
      30 x 22 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Pastel on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Lord Ruthven as 'The Vampyre'"
      24 x 18 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Pencil on Vellum with Vintage Wallpaper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "Le Diable Bioteux"
      30 x 22 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Pastel on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      "I have tasted command"
      20 x 30 inch (h x w)
      Pen and Marker on Paper
    • Courtney Blazon

      Details sur la Fin Du Monde
      48 x 96 inch (h x w)
      Pen, Marker and Oil Pastel on Paper
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