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Lake Eden explores the landscape of the Lake Eden campus of Black Mountain College, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. From 1933-1957 Black Mountain College offered its students and faculty an alternative path that diverged from established modes of higher education, art-making, and everyday living. Those who made the pilgrimage to participate in the college were treated to an education that merged the democratic ideologies of the Bahaus school and the philosophy of John Dewey, as well as an idyllic landscape. Rigorous experimentation within the liberal arts was not only set-in, but in conversation with, the natural world at Black Mountain College and the Lake Eden campus provided sanctuary, nourishment, and inspiration for such explorations.

Since moving to North Carolina in 2011 I have made regular pilgrimages to Lake Eden to witness the poetry of this landscape, which roused and provided refuge for generations of artists. My focus is the landscape itself as well as the original structures built by Black Mountain College students and faculty which included Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Creeley, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson,  Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Gwendolyn Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Kenneth Noland, Barbara Morgan, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Susan Weil, and Marion Post Walcott among many others. The titles of many of my images reference works made by these artists. My intent is to make images in dialogue with the College’s experimental ethos and to capture the campus as the Eden it truly is.

(Available for Exhibition | Contact: lisa@lisamccarty.com)

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