Gallery 81435 – Joseph Toney
Joseph Toney’s illustrative painting style, which is marked by clean lines and transfixing patterns, results in beautiful caricatures of the natural surroundings that inspire it: mountains, clouds and waves. The work of the 27-year-old artist and designer, who is based in Salt Lake City, has been featured on Jones Snowboards, Armada Skis and many other outdoor brand products. He is Mountainfilm’s 2018 poster artist.
In Person: Joseph Toney
Ah Haa East – Amplifier Foundation
Amplifier Foundation, which is dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement, returns to Mountainfilm this year with a show titled “My Climate Hero.” Through a partnership with Earth Guardians and the Peoples Climate Movement, Amplifier enlisted young artists to celebrate heroes working on the front lines of the climate change crisis. The result is a colorful and interactive homage to individuals such as Paul Nicklen, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.
In Person: Amplifier
Ah Haa West – John Dugger
As a young artist, John Dugger was part of a thriving expatriate scene in late ‘60s London, a founder of the counterculture Artists Liberation Front and the first American artist to visit China during the closing phases of the cultural revolution. His sculptures have been exhibited at MOMA Oxford, but he is perhaps best known for his large-scale banners, which have been exhibited in places like the Tate Modern. He will bring a selection of these banners to Mountainfilm.
In Person: John Dugger
The Butcher & The Baker – Anand Varma
As a kid growing up in Georgia, Anand Varma’s passion for wildlife was ignited while exploring the streams and wooded lots near his home. That fascination continues to steer his life; these days he’s a widely published photographer who helps biologists communicate their research through images. The 2018 theater presenter’s work tells the story behind the science on everything from hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian diseases, insidious parasites, Mexican vampire bats and mangrove forests.
In Person: Anand Varma
Ghost Town Outdoor Mural – Zaria Forman
Pastel artist Zaria Forman fuses huge canvases, hyper-realistic details and visceral energy to convey the urgency of climate change as it affects the Earth’s landscapes. Forman has traveled aboard the National Geographic Explorer ship as artist-in-residence in Antarctica, flown over polar regions with NASA’s Operation IceBridge and documented rising seas in Ecuador. Her vivid large-scale depictions of glaciers, icebergs and islands explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape, conveying the beauty and vulnerability of these abstract regions in an effort to draw viewers in, inspire emotion and trigger action. Her work has been exhibited worldwide.
In Person: Zaria Forman
Ghost Town Inside – Lindsay Jones
Colorado-based artist and designer Lindsay Jones makes her living creating textile prints, logos and illustrations while maintaining her fine art practice. She has created designs for clients like Shredly mountain bike shorts and Mountain Flyer Magazine, and is the artist behind the illustrations in the short film The Frenchy.
In Person: Lindsay Jones
High Camp – Festival Poster Retrospective
Mountainfilm’s 40 years of festival posters chart the organization’s evolution from small climbing festival to bustling gathering of activists, adventurers and environmental change-makers. From pen and ink drawings to screen prints, iconic photographs, blocky ‘80s color palettes, historic images and even that classic faux action movie poster, this collection will take you on trip through Mountainfilm’s rich history.
La Cocina de Luz – Jen Guyton & Asha Stuart
This two-person show will feature photographs of National Geographic Young Leaders and presenters Jen Guyton and Asha Stuart. Guyton, an ecologist and photographer, has studied baboons in Tanzania, meerkats in South Africa, hippos in Kenya and termites in Namibia. She will bring a collection of wildlife images from her time living at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Documentary filmmaker and photographer Stuart, meanwhile, focuses on sociocultural themes with an emphasis on people living in marginalized communities. She will exhibit a selection of images from her film Lost Tribe of Africa.
In Person: Jen Guyton, Asha Stuart
Mixx – Riccarda de Eccher
Italian painter and climber Riccarda de Eccher has been smitten by mountains her entire life. She has climbed through the Dolomites, scaled Annapurna III and expeditioned to Mount Everest. Her passion is reflected in her watercolor art, which portrays her favorite peaks in nuanced tones that evoke the many moods of mountains. De Eccher’s life and work is the subject of the film Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna.
In Person: Riccarda de Eccher
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art – Phil Borges | Bill Ellzey | Chris Rainier
This group show will bring together three influential photographers for a body of work that reflects Mountainfilm’s past and present. Colorado photographer and former Telluride resident Bill Ellzey will return to the box canyon with a collection of his iconic images of Telluride’s early days and rugged mountains. Phil Borges, an author, photographer and filmmaker who has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures for a quarter century, will bring a selection of his unmistakable portraits, which capture striking images of people of Tibet, Siberia, Ethiopia and beyond. And Chris Rainier, a 2018 theater presenter whose mission is to put wilderness and indigenous cultures on film, will exhibit a collection of images documenting cultures on the brink.
In Person: Phil Borges, Bill Ellzey, Chris Rainier
Telluride Arts HQ – Favianna Rodriguez
Artist, cultural organizer and symposium speaker Favianna Rodriguez got her start designing political posters in the fight for racial justice in Oakland in the ‘90s. She has since wielded her bold, colorful and vivid art as an effective tool in inspiring social change, tackling issues such as migration, economic inequality and gender justice. Rodriguez’s work, which is often created in partnership with social movement groups, is visionary, engaging and impactful. As the executive director of Culture Strike, a national arts organization that engages creatives in migrant rights, she lectures globally on the power of art.
In Person: Favianna Rodriguez