Conversations with Buffalo Grass (Amongst Others)
A walking tour and place-based exhibition by artist Austen Camille
Throughout the town of Dayton, WY, and its nearby surroundings, a walking tour will lead you to works of art embedded within the local landscape. Conversations with Buffalo Grass (Amongst Others) is about slowing down one’s pace, listening to the land and noticing its impact upon your body. The idea for this grouping of work came from the desire to hold a conversation with this place, much in the same way one would hold a conversation when meeting someone new. I am an artist-in-residence at Tongue River during a time when meeting people is made difficult by the health hazards of Covid, and so instead I turned to the place that holds this community close.
There are ten sites distributed along the route, incorporating a mixture of works on paper, photographs, sculptures and audio recordings. All are impression sketches of my quiet interaction with this place. There are also three satellite locations outside of Dayton that can be driven to (or walked to if one is really ambitious!); however, the work will be accessible online for those who can’t physically get to the site.
This walking tour format supports a Covid-safe experience, avoiding gatherings and allowing participants to move at their own pace at a distance from one another. While the Gallery on Main will be the location that holds information and physical maps, everything can also be accessed online and through your phone.
This exhibition and walking tour takes place on the traditional territory of the Apsaalooké (Crow), the Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), and the Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux).
Thank you to Doug and Jeanette Gouge of the Tongue River Artist Residency program, and to Gina Donnor of Gallery on Main for making this exhibition possible!