Chad Farnes is a school counselor based in the Salt Lake valley in Northern Utah. He studied art in college for a few years before switching to psychology. As you can tell from his works below, he is still busy in the art community and has been featured in galleries and competitions throughout northern Utah since 2011. You can check his work out at his website chadfarnes.com or at the upcoming Finch Lane Gallery in October of 2015. Below is a short bio on him and his work that he has provided me.
The western United States stands as a testament to the beauty that can be created through the herculean efforts of nature. From the heights of the Rockies to the suffocatingly tight depths of the Zion Narrows, western landscapes have hypnotized and inspired generations of individuals, including myself.
Recently, I have felt entirely overwhelmed by the rapid disregard for nature in the communities which I consider home. Over the past several years, the Utah legislature, in addition to several politicians throughout the West, have established a crusade against public lands. While these politicians would continue to maintain the most popular areas, much of the land would be stripped of its natural beauty for the sake of economic ventures, such as oil and mining operations. I am disgusted by the disregard of nature for the sake of quick financial profit and consumerism.
The goal of my art is to highlight the need for preservation of our public lands. While it is my goal to draw attention to the need for preservation through the visual qualities of my art, I also create an analogy about preservation by using tape as a medium. Tape to many may seem meaningless and inconsequential. However, when applied using the correct techniques, tape can create beautiful images that can be enjoyed now and for generations to come.
Currently in Utah, in addition to most of the Western United States, there is a constant tug between conservation and consumerism. As Millennials grow and age, the definition of consumerism is changing from the accumulation of objects to the accumulation of experiences. Individuals often visit national parks as a way to check off an experience and take a photo for any one of several social media platforms, rather than focusing on and appreciating the preservation that occurred and must occur in the future for the continued use of public lands.
Individuals, when looking at a photo of landscapes, often pass by quickly without examining the content, similar to what can occur when individuals visit a National Park. Tape art has a unique ability to pull individuals in closer to examine the landscapes, challenging viewers to discover in what way the puzzle like picture was assembled. Through encouraging closer examination and reflection on these important places, individuals can focus on the locations that have been preserved and hopefully examine what they can do to keep similar locations available for future generations.
It is my hope that through my art individuals will be moved to realize the importance of public lands and fight to preserve these incredible locations for future generations, rather than destroying them for the next disposable product, such as what can happen to a simple roll of duct tape.