Putting Wilderness on Display Along the PCT

Hiking & Backpacking

Wild Times, Grand Central Art Center. Photo: John Spiak.

Wild Times, Grand Central Art Center. Photo: John Spiak.

Susan Robb isn’t just hiking the PCT. She’s bringing the experience to galleries along the way, sharing moments on social media, and hoping others will internalize this sense of wildness. She, through her latest initiative called Wild Times, is offering her body and work as a conduit between gallery and wilderness, public and trail, form and formless, and as a way to cultivate the wild terrain that resides in us all.

Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada on the PCT as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.

WHAT IS WILD? WHERE IS WILD? ARE YOU WILD?

Susan on the PCT, Day 1. Photo: Susan Robb.

Susan on the PCT, Day 1. Photo: Susan Robb.

Why the focus on wildness? Only three percent of the contiguous United States is still considered protected wild space. “As our culture increasingly pressures us to maintain a personal ‘brand,’ be in constant contact, and snapchat every moment, maybe it’s not just our geographic wild spaces that are endangered, but our internal wild spaces as well,” she speculates.

An artist by day, Susan describes her work on the PCT as “an ongoing investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia” Through orchestrating temporary, site responsive, and socially engaged projects, Susan aims to transform contemporary concerns, such as climate crisis, social isolation, and high-speed daily living, into opportunities to re-envision and re-connect.

WILD TIMES ON DISPLAY

Visit an exhibition, sign up for a workshop, immerse yourself in the stories of everyday explorers, hack your wild, and follow Susan’s journey via her transmissions from the trail.

WildTimes_DrawnLogoVISIT WILD TIMES HOST VENUES

  • Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
  • Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, CA
  • 826 Valencia, San Francisco, CA
  • Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

FOLLOW WILD TIMES ON THE WEB

www.wildtimesproject.com
www.susanrobb.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildtimesproject
Instagram: Susan Robb
Twitter: Susan_Robb

Last modified: June 23, 2014

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