VANISHED: A Chronicle of Discovery and Loss Across Half a Million Years
Byron Wolfe, Sheri Simons, Troy Jollimore, Heather Altfeld, Oliver Hutton, Dr. Rachel Teasdale
October 30 – December 16, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 5:30pm
Rowland Taylor Hall, PAC 134
Followed by a reception in the gallery
Vanished: A Chronicle of Discovery and Loss Across Half a Million Years is a cross-disciplinary project involving two visual artists, a philosopher, writer, volcanologist, and graphic designer. Collectively, the six collaborators explore four lost icons and consider how we assemble the past through fact, fiction, and myth. The results are an interconnected collection of new and historic photographs, illustrations, sculpture, sound, and writing.
Vanished will be on display in three different locations on the Chico State campus: The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, Special Collections in Meriam Library and the lobby of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.
This project focuses on four vanished icons:
The Missing Mount Tehama: A Vanished Stratovolcano (600,000 B.C.)
Mount Tehama is an eroded andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in Northern California. The combination of continued hydrothermal activity and glacial erosion have removed the central cone of the volcano.
A Return to Deer Creek for Ishi, “the last of the Yahi” (1911 – 1914)
Ishi was the last member of the Yahi, a group of the Yana of California. Widely acclaimed in his time as the “last wild Indian” in America, Ishi lived most of his life completely outside modern culture. In 1911, he emerged at a slaughterhouse in Oroville, CA.
Sudden Void: The Fall of the Hooker Oak (c. 1750 – 1977)
The Hooker Oak was an old large valley oak tree in Chico, CA, that fell in 1977. The tree was nearly 100 feet tall and the circumference of outside branches was nearly 500 feet.
A Columbian Mammoth in Bidwell Park: Lost, Found, Then Lost Again (10,000 B.C. – 2001)
In 2001, a Columbian Mammoth tooth was found in Bidwell Park in Chico, CA, but later lost during a cleaning.
About the collaborators
Heather Altfeld, writer. Altfeld is the author of The Disappearing Theater, a book of poems, and co-author of One Thousand and One Books: A Guide to Children’s Literature. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as ZYZZYVA, Pleiades, and The New Guard. She teaches in the English Department at California State University, Chico, and at Butte Community College.
Oliver Hutton, graphic designer / photographer. Hutton’s work focuses on the design disciplines of packaging and branding with additional expertise in web, environmental, and publication design. His award-winning designs have been featured in Communication Arts, GDUSA, Applied Arts, and other industry publications. He worked for five years at Hornall Anderson: Brand Experience Design Agency in Seattle, WA, before launching a freelance career in his hometown of Chico, CA.
Troy Jollimore, philosopher. Jollimore is a professor of philosophy at California State University, Chico. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of two philosophical books: Love’s Vision (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality (Garland, 2001). His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry in 2006.
Sheri Simons, sculptor. Simons is a professor of sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico. Simons works with wood, sound, and movement. She recently completed artist residencies at Youkobo (Tokyo), and Zemtrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin) where she developed map-related work in drawing and sculpture.
Dr. Rachel Teasdale, volcanologist. Dr. Teasdale is a Lantis’ University Professor at California State University, Chico, where she teaches geology. Her current research examines lava flow emplacement mechanisms in a variety of settings, the development of the Tuscan Formation, and monitoring the hydrothermal systems at the Lassen Volcanic Center and volcanoes in Costa Rica.
Byron Wolfe, photographer / project director. Wolfe is a professor and program director for photography at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in over 40 museum collections worldwide. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent is Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground: Landscape, Culture, and Rephotography in Eadweard Muybridge’s Illustrations of Central America with Dr. Scott Brady, CSU, Chico Department of Geography and Urban Planning. Wolfe is a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Fine Art Still Photography Award (with long time collaborator Mark Klett), and a former Lantis’ University Professor at California State University, Chico.