Greg Page: Motifs from My Backyard / Expending Turf

Works by Gregory Page and Student Works from Turfs: Invasive Species as Art

During the spring 2010 semester the students of the Turfs Class worked with Warren Allmon, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and director of the Museum of The Earth, to investigate fossils and invasive species. Additionally, the students studied invasive insects with senior extension associate Richard Hoebeke in the Entomology Collection and explored the Edwards Lake Cliffs Natural Areas in Lansing, New York, with Todd Bittner, natural areas director of the Cornell Plantations. The students also attended a lecture by David Corson, curator of the History of Science Collection at the Rare and Manuscripts Collection, Kroch Library. As a result, the students produced portfolios of traditional lithographs printed from stone in a limited edition of 20 impressions. They also created larger works printed from photo-positive aluminum plates. The special topics class was taught by Gregory Page, associate professor of art, and teaching assistant Ruth Oppenheim (M.F.A. '11).

Along with the student work, Page's Motifs from My Backyard will be on display in the Ten-Eyck Room of the Nevin Welcome Center during the same period. This exhibit emerged as a body of work investigating horticultural specimens from Page's own perennial gardens. Page's backyard serves as a place of research where he collaborates with the plants growing there in an endless cycle of investigation, design, regeneration, and sustainability. He produces motif impressions using lithographic drawing materials and printing.